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Friday, June 1, 2012

House Agenda Draws Barbs From Both Sides Of Aisle

The legislative agenda for the House of Representatives is drawing fire from both the right and the left, a trend expected to continue through Election Day.

Tornado Warnings Issued In D.C., Maryland, Virginia

The National Weather Service has issued sporadic tornado warnings for areas in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland through this evening, and flooding, downed trees, and disrupted transportation abound.

Months Of Maintenance Ahead For Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Those who frequent the Wilson Bridge, take heed. Inspectors will soon begin periodically closing lanes as part of an effort to inspect the concrete structure for damage.

Analysis: A Run-Down Of Gay Marriage Opponents In Maryland, New Casinos, And Local Governors On The National Stage

Referendums, slots, and recalls, oh my! - A look into the top stories of Maryland and Virginia.

Analysis: House Republicans Defeat Sex-Selective Abortion Bill, Virginia Senate Race Heats Up

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing provides an analysis on the Virginia Senate race and the sex-selective abortion bill that House Republicans recently defeated.

SunTrust Mortgage To Pay $21 Million Following Discrimination Lawsuit

SunTrust Mortgage denies wrongdoing in a racial discrimination lawsuit, but has agreed to pay a $21 million settlement to avoid costly litigation.

Whitman Walker Offers Gender Reassignment Service

People undergoing gender reassignment will now have assistance in making sure their identity papers match their new reality.

Traffic Remains Blocked After Water Main Break

A few streets are still affected after Thursday's massive water main break at the intersection of Connecticut Ave and N Street NW.

D.C. Partners With Chinese Bank To Spur Economy

Washington, D.C. is partnering with one of the largest state-run banks in China.

Judge And Harry Thomas Jr. Lawyers Come To Decision On Repayment

Former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. has agreed to repay the city $353,500.

Montgomery County Unveils Dam Safety Programs

Montgomery County is unveiling new dam safety programs in response to a major evacuation and heavy leaks at Lake Needwood Dam in 2006.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tournament Targets Invasive Snakehead Fish

Fishermen in Maryland are dealing with the invasive snakehead fish the only way they know how — organizing a competition to see who can catch the most and then cooking the lot of them.

Dam Safety Awareness Day Marked In Montgomery County

It was Dam Safety Awareness Day in Montgomery County, and officials in Maryland are remembering a time just five years ago when they had a close call with the Lake Needwood Dam.

Feds Crack Down On East Coast Bus Services

Of the scores of low-cost bus services offering cheap fares up and down the east coast, 26 were recently shut down by federal authorities for safety violations.

Advocates Push For Improved Safety Standards In Transportation Bill

With the summer driving season upon us, highway safety advocates are calling for Congress to include improved safety standards into the transportation re-authorization being considered in the Senate.