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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Alexandria Waterfront Opponents Keep Battling In Court

Opponents of Alexandria's waterfront plan are continuing their legal challenge to the proposal.

D.C. Mayor Calls For Technology Investment In State Of The District

Mayor Vince Gray urges D.C. to prepare for a 'new economy' less reliant on the federal government in his State of the District speech.

Winter Weather Advisory For D.C. Region

Even as some areas see light snow, the winter weather advisory for the D.C. area has been lifted, except for areas north and west of the beltway.

Loudoun School Board Eliminates 70 Jobs In Next Year's Budget

Loudoun County Schools will eliminate 70 positions next year under a budget passed Tuesday night. The board also decided to delay implementation of full-day kindergarten for at least another year.

Virginia Oyster Population Rebounds, Still Far Off Highs

Oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay are a far cry from what they once were, but recent conservation efforts have made significant impacts.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jury Selection Nearly Complete In Huguely Trial

Opening statements are expected to start Wednesday as the jury selection process wraps up in the murder trial of former UVa lacrosse player George Huguely V.

The Hill: Federal Transportation Bills Find Bipartisan Support

Bills that would help fund the country's crumbling transportation infrastructure are moving through both chambers of Congress, in a rare show of bipartisanship.

Maryland Comptroller Opposes Gas Tax Hike

Governor Martin O'Malley's proposed gas tax increase in Maryland has found opposition within his own party in the person of comptroller Peter Franchot.

Loudoun Co. School Board Expected to Vote on Budget

Facing a $36 million budget shortfall, Loudoun County's school board is considering some cost-cutting measures, such as bumping bus drivers and teachers assistants to part-time positions.

D.C. Council Shoots Down Internet Gambling

The D.C. Council voted on Tuesday to repeal a provision legalizing internet gambling in the District, though another bill explicitly calling for gambling is reportedly in the works.

File Taxes For Free In Virginia

Virginia offers two programs for residents of low-to-middle income citizens of the commonwealth that allow them to file their state income taxes for free.

Officers Suspended Pending Investigation Of Gun Discharge

Two police officers in Prince George's County have been suspended pending the results of an investigation into an incident in which an officer may have inappropriately fired his weapon.

Flyer Sent Home With Maryland Students Raises Concerns

Some parents are raising concerns about a flyer sent home with high school students in Montgomery County from a group that works against homosexual agendas being taught in schools.

Ft. Washington Family Found Unconscious From Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide poisoning struck again this week at Prince George's County firefighters found a family unconscious in their Fort Washington home due to exposure to the odorless gas.

Ehrlich Campaign Consultant Goes To Court On Robocalls

Former Maryland political operative Julius Henson is defending himself against charges of voter fraud in the state's 2010 gubernatorial elections.