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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Environmentalists Upset Over Plans To Export Gas Out Of Eastern Shore

Dominion Power wans to export natural gas out of Maryland's Eastern Shore, but environmental groups are opposing the plan.

Trump To Turn D.C.'s Old Post Office Into Luxury Hotel

Donald Trump is coming to the District for a new project, and it's not a reality television show.

Cold Temps Bring Wet, Snowy Weekend

An arctic chill brings the possibility of rain or snow showers this weekend.

'Power of Chocolate' Honors The Cacao Bean

The National Museum of the American Indian's 'Power of Chocolate' festival celebrates the history of the cacao bean, and a time before heart-shaped boxes came into fashion.

Mother Warns Of The Dangers Of Teen Dating

Lynne Russell, whose daugher was a victim of teen violence, warns McLean parents of the dangers of teen dating violence.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Blasts Obama At CPAC

CPAC 2012

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell used his address at the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. to slam President Obama and plug his home state.

CQ Roll Call: Ethics Committee Investigates Bachus, Ron Barbar Announces Run For Gifford's House Seat

The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating Rep. Spencer Bachus after allegations of insider trading, while a top advisor to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announces plans to run for her seat.

WaPo McCartney: D.C. Employment Fraud, Franchot Against Gas Tax, Kaine Against Requirement For Contraception Coverage

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the 90 D.C. workers suspected of employment fraud and what it means to Gray's Administration.

Opponents Say New Virginia Bill Violates Gay Rights

The Virginia Senate passed legislation that opponents say infringes on gay rights.

Gray, Lanier Launch Plan To Lower Crime In D.C.

Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Police Chief Lanier have rolled out a plan to aggressively target crime in the District.

D.C. Council Divided On Snow Shoveling Plan

It's been a mild winter so far in the District, but that hasn't stopped council members from having a contentious debate over what happens if, or when, it does snow.

Progress Widespread On Maryland Bay Clean Up

Maryland's counties are all over the map when it comes to Chesapeake Bay clean up plans, according to a coalition of environmental groups.

Cuccinelli Receives Award At CPAC

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli picked up an award at an annual conservatives conference in D.C. this week.

New D.C. Ad Campaign Encourages School Attendance

The District is kick-starting an ad campaign with the theme "The More You Learn, the More You Earn," as part of an effort to persuade D.C. students from skipping out on school.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

MWCOG: Addressing The Capital Region's Health Before Federal Spending Cuts

David Robertson, executive director for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, is stepping down next year, but he has a number of ideas how the region can ride out the cuts to federal spending in the region.