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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Homegrown Underwater Grass To Replenish Potomac

Volunteers have been growing underwater grass this Spring as part of an effort to transplant it into the Potomac River, where pollution and major storms have largely wiped beds out.

Gov. McDonnell Signs Three Bills Curbing Human Trafficking

Human trafficking in Virginia was the target of three bills signed Tuesday by Governor Bob McDonnell at a ceremony on an Annandale campus.

Analysis: Farm Bill Could Cut Funding For Chesapeake Bay

The annual farm bill is usually a contentious affair for Congress, but as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, its focus on earmarks could eliminate funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup and preservation.

Pepco Says Outages Were Down Last Year

Pepco's record on outages in 2011 was a serious improvement over the previous year, but it's not clear whether or not it can be attributed to relatively mild weather or improved service.

St. Patrick's Hosts 'Blue Mass' For Fallen Officers

Fallen police and fire safety officers were honored at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Tuesday in a 'Blue Mass,' marking the beginning of National Police Week.

New Initiative Pushes Safer Driving Habits For Teens

More than 5,000 teenage drivers die every year in car accidents, prompting the National Organizations for Youth Safety to push teens to sign a pledge to avoid dangerous habits like texting while driving.

Kaine, Allen Deadlocked In Virginia's U.S. Senate Race

Former Virginia governors Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R) are neck and neck in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Service Held For Slain Maryland Priest

Family and friends of slain Episcopal priest Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, killed alongside an assistant in their Ellicot City church, remember her in a service Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore.

Fairfax Police Arrest Woman In Road Rage Fueled Hit-And-Run

Fairfax Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run incident last week that they say was motivated by road rage. 

Two School Employees Arrested After Sex Abuse Investigations

Two Montgomery County Public Schools staff members are in custody after two separate child sexual abuse investigations.

D.C. Settles Lawsuit Alleging Faulty Breathalyzers

The D.C. government has settled the case of several people who say they were wrongly convicted of drunk driving based on faulty breathalyzer equipment.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Fuel-Efficient 787 Dreamliner On Display At National Airport

Aviation aficianados, take heed. Boeing is showing off their high-tech and fuel-efficient new 787 Dreamliner this week at Reagan National Airport.

Montgomery Lawmakers Fear 'Doomsday' Even With Special Session

A special session of Maryland's General Assembly will be held next week to try and avert $500 million in automatic cuts. Faced with some of the compromises they'll have to make, some local lawmakers would rather take the cuts.

Environmental Groups To Protest Dominion's 15-Year Plan

Environmental groups plan to protest a meeting of the State Corporation Commission in Richmond Tuesday, calling out Dominion Virginia Power for their lack of support for wind and solar power.

South Capitol Street Shooters Found Guilty

The families of victims reacted with relief after a jury found five defendants, accused of perpetrating a deadly spate of violence around South Capitol Street in 2010 that claimed five lives, guilty of murder.