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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Virginia Expects More Public Safety Cuts

Virginia officials are bracing for another round of cuts to its criminal justice department and public safety programs.

D.C. Officials Reconsider Charter School Admissions

D.C. education officials are re-evaluating whether neighborhood residents should be given preference in public charter school admissions.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Congress Divided Over How To Help Small Businesses

Lawmakers are debating the best way to help small businesses in the region, but electoral politics may prevent Congress from legislating any relief.

Montgomery County Summer Programs Begin Soon

Montgomery County's summer program registration is in full swing.

Middleburg Battlefield To Be Preserved

Middleburg Battlefield, which contains a Civil War-era former tavern and blacksmith's cottage, is being preserved under a public-private partnership.

Bi-Partisan Group Prepares Virginia Students For Work

A bi-partisan group is working to improve educational services to students in Virginia.

Water Rates Rising In Maryland Counties

Water rates are on the rise for residents in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.

National Zoo Welcomes Asian Small-Clawed Otters

The National Zoo is hosting a housewarming event today for a family of Asian small-clawed otters.

Alleged Petworth Attacker Deemed Incompetent For Trial

The man charged with a series of assaults in D.C., one of them fatal, has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Friday, May 11, 2012

O'Malley's 'Cozy' Relationship With Perdue Criticized

The "cozy" relationship between Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and the general counsel for Perdue has some critics

Weekend Delays On Orange, Blue, Red Lines

Weekend track work on Metro will prompt delays on the Orange, Blue, and Red lines, so riders should plan to add extra travel time to their schedules.

Ocean City Hotel Rebuffs $6M Legionnaires Lawsuit

Plim Plaza Hotel in Ocean City, Md. is moving to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a guest who fell seriously ill after contracting Legionnaires' disease at the resort, during an outbreak that claimed one life.

Federal Cuts Put Squeeze On Criminal Justice Funding

Virginia's law enforcement agencies are planning to do more with less as federal funding cuts have put the squeeze on criminal justice programs in the Commonwealth.

Moran Criticizes BRAC Traffic Planning On Rt. 50 DoD Facility

Virginia representative Jim Moran leveled criticism at the Department of Defense for not more adequately planning around traffic at their Route 50 Defense Health Headquarters facility.

Consultant Guilty Of Conspiracy In Robocalls Case

A jury in Maryland has found a consultant to the campaign of former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich guilty of conspiracy, for his role in calls that prosecutors say were aimed at keeping black voters from polls in 2010.