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Monday, April 23, 2012

Analysis: U.S. Senate Faces Postal Service Overhaul Bill

CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing editor David Hawkings provides an analysis on the U.S. Postal Service overhaul bill that Congress is scheduled to take up this week. If lawmakers fail to make a decision on the bill, the Postal Service could run out of money by mid-May.

Heavy Traffic After Fatal Beltway Crash

A fatal car crash on Connecticut Avenue and 1-495 this morning is causing major delays on the Beltway.

Rosslyn Residents Balk At Plan To Remove Skywalk Escalators

Plans to remove some escalators from the Rosslyn Metro station have some residents concerned. 

Civil Rights Leader Arrested For Marijuana In Maryland

A Maryland civil rights leader was arrested this weekend and charged with possession of marijuana.

Thompson Firm Holds $6.3 Million Virgin Islands Contract

The accounting firm of Jeffrey Thompson, the big-time D.C. political donor now under federal investigation, holds a contract with the U.S. Virgin Islands worth more than $6.3 million. Records show Thompson raised significant campaign contributions for a member of Congress from the U.S. territory.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, April 23

Blue Eyes, classic homes, and portraits of Quietude.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Republicans Reaching Out To Hispanic Voters

The Republican National Committee is placing more attention on winning Hispanic votes in Virginia this year.

Computer Simulation Forecasts Chesapeake Bay's Future

A new computer simulation will help scientists determine how human behavior and climate will impact the Chesapeake Bay.

Arlington Seeks To Expand Energy Performance Labels

Arlington leaders are launching a new program to label how much energy is consumed in county buildings.

Colobus Monkey Born At Maryland Zoo

The Maryland Zoo is welcoming a new black and white colobus monkey to their family.

Former Marriott Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

A former Marriott International employee has been sentenced to prison for embezzling money from the hotel chain.

Virginia Reminds Residents Of Safe Digging

Virginia is reminding residents to call 811 before starting any projects that might require digging near utility lines.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Republicans Push To Cut Food Stamps Funding

Democrats in the region are fighting a proposal to slash billions of dollars from the federal food stamp program; Republicans say the cuts are necessary to trim the budget.

Marine Dead In Barracks Row Stabbing

One man is dead and another is in police custody after a stabbing incident in southeast D.C. Saturday morning.

BGE Customers To Receive $100 Credit

Most Baltimore Gas and Electric customers will receive a $100 credit on their bills next month.