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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Baltimore Uses Grand Prix Race To Promote Safe Driving

Baltimore is about to host a world class auto race for the first time, and local authorities are using it as an opportunity to promote safer driving.

Two Transgender Women Attacked In Two Weeks On NE Block

District police are investigating an attack on a transgender woman that took place just a block away from where a transgender woman was murdered two weeks ago.

Maryland Recognizes Officers For Federal Gun Enforcement Program

Local law enforcement officials took time yesterday to reinforce the benefits of Project Exile, a nationwide crime fighting tool.

Maryland Lawmakers Call For Eliminating Tax Loopholes

Even though the nation's borrowing limit has been raised, the battle over Washington spending has only just begun.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: What's To Come From Debt Deal 'Super Committee'

The Senate did manage to pass an agreement to increase the debt ceiling this afternoon, which President Obama quickly signed. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talked with WAMU anchor Pat Brogan about what comes next on Capitol Hill.

New Plan Moves Megabus, Bolt Bus, And Others To Union Station

Soon, most D.C. travelers taking intercity bus trips won't have to wonder where to board.

Alexandria Police Participate In National Night Out

More than 10,000 communities across the country are participating in National Night Out -- an annual event aimed at bringing residents and law enforcement closer together.

"Smooth Operator" Program Targets Aggressive Drivers In Maryland

Nearly 400 people died in traffic accidents in the District, Maryland and Virginia in 2009, and officials say about one-third of those deaths were due to aggressive driving.

Maryland Senators Vote To Raise The Debt Limit

Maryland's senators joined the majority of Congress in voting for a deal to keep the nation from defaulting on its loans.

Senate Passes Debt Ceiling Deal

A deal to raise the federal government's debt limit by $1 trillion has passed the Senate, by a vote of 74-26. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later today.

Hundreds Of MPD Officers Prepare For National Night Out

National Night Out kicks off later tonight and law enforcement authorities from around the region will be out walking the streets.

Florida Ave. Reopens After Fatal Accident, Baby Born In Traffic Backup

Update 10:20 a.m.: Florida Avenue NW has reopened after being closed in both directions around New York Avenue NW this morning after a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer, according to NBC Washington. The traffic backup that resulted from the accident also required one woman to give birth while stuck in her car.

Mountain Lion Siting In Loudoun County

Residents of Round Hill, Va., believe they've seen and heard a mountain lion in their midst, according to reports.

Two Northern Virginia Congressmen Decry Debt Deal

The region's U.S. House lawmakers split their votes on whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Va. Senator Seeking Seat On Debt Ceiling 'Super Committee'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the deal struck over the weekend to resolve the debt-ceiling standoff "dodged a bullet," but Congress must follow up by enacting a broader solution to the federal government's debt problems.

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