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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Study Eyes Wind Power Potential In Maryland

Maryland lawmakers are considering the results of a study which says that tapping into the budding wind power industry would be a major boon for the state economy.

National Journal: Congress More Partisan Than Ever

According to a study, Congress is as divided along partisan lines as it has ever been, though lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia vary widely across the political spectrum.

Prince George's Blaze That Injured Firefighters Was Arson

Officials now confirm arson was the cause of a blaze in Prince George's County on Friday that injured several firefighters and left two in critical condition. They are asking for tips from the public.

Realtors Fight For Mortgage Interest Deduction

A number of realtors took to Annapolis Tuesday to protest a bill that would reduce the mortage interest rate deduction for residents of the state, saying it would further stymie growth in the housing sector.

Bartlett Denies Backing So-Called 'Stache Act

Roscoe Bartlett was already facing a tough re-election campaign in Maryland's sixth district, but now he's being wrong accused of backing a tax break for mustache-wearers.

Council Member Warned For Driving 50 MPH Over Limit

A Prince George's County councilwomen was let off with a warning by police after being caught speeding more than 50 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

WMATA Keeping Riders In The Loop With Metro Alerts

Tired of finding out about Metro and bus delays only after you're stuck in them? WMATA is attempting to address this with a new program that sends alerts to commuters' phones and email accounts.

Protesters Arrested During Attempt To Block Monsanto Offices

Protesters attempted to "occupy" Monsanto's offices in downtown D.C. today, citing the company's economic impacts on farms around the country.

Cantor Hopes To Move Jobs Bill, But Democrats Want More

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is trying to make headway on some business-friendly legislation in the House, but some area Democrats are not sold.

Transgender Activists Wait For MPD Response After Bias Allegations

The Department of Justice is mediating claims that the Metropolitan Police Department is biased against transgender people. 

D.C. Council Examines Cancelled Youth Job Training Contract

The D.C. Council is looking into why the city staunchly defended a youth job training contract that was ultimately overturned by a city appeals board.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hank The Cat Running For Senate In Virginia

A Northern Virginia cat may just give former governors Tim Kaine and George Allen a run for their money in the race for a Virginia Senate seat.

The Hill: National Gas Policy Fuels Partisan Debate

As the lead-up to the 2012 elections continues, Republicans are trying to pin rising gas prices on the policies of President Obama. Alex Bolton explains the positions on energy being staked out by both parties.

Suspect In Lenny Harris Murder Held Without Bond

The first suspect arrested in the murder of Northern Virginia community activist Lenny Harris was hel without bond on Tuesday, as he awaits a hearing in the coming weeks.

Montgomery County Unions Come Out Against Pension Shift

Union leaders in Montgomery County are almost unanimously against the proposed shift of teacher pension costs from the state to counties, saying the cuts it will force counties to make could be devastating.