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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Animal Testing Laboratory In Frederick Scrapped

A planned animal testing laboratory in Frederick, Md. intended for the Army's testing of deadly pathogens has been scrapped after flaws were found in the planning.

NASA Rocket Launch In Va. Rescheduled

The launch of five rockets out of the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has been postponed until tomorrow, as part of an experiment to gain a better understanding of high-altitude winds.

Virginia Voters Voice Displeasure With State Officials

After a contentious legislative session during which Virginia lawmakers failed to pass a budget, polls show that approval ratings for Virginian lawmakers are down across the board.

Child Abuse Bill Inspired By Penn State Scandal Awaits Action

A bill that would enhance reporting requirements for child abuse and neglect in the wake of the Penn State scandal still awaits action by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, after passing in a turbulent legislative session.

Poll: Voters Split Over Virginia Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Virginia voters appear to be sharply divided over a new law requiring women to receive ultrasounds before getting abortions in the commonwealth.

D.C. Council Wants A Closer Look At New Disabled Parking Program

The District's new 'red-top meter' parking program for disabled drivers has been delayed by a D.C. Council vote. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Residents March In Support Of Hate Crime Victims

Area residents took to marching Tuesday evening in support of several members of the LGBT community who have been victims of violence over the last several weeks.

Local Lawmakers Find Fault With House GOP Budget

The new budget proposed by Republicans in the House has roiled local lawmakers, who are objecting to deeper cuts than originally discussed, some requiring federal workers to pay substantially more for their pensions.

Analysis: Wyden Breaks Democratic Ranks On Medicare Reform

At a time when bipartisanship in Congress is a rare sight, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden's work alongside Congressman Paul Ryan stands out, and has ruffled some feathers within the Democratic party.

Are Fracking Fees The Future In Maryland?

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill that would levy a fee on land used to extract natural gas with the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique in order to fund studies on its potential environmental impacts.

National Cathedral Tower Opens For First Time After 'Quake

For the first time since an earthquake struck the D.C. area last August, the central tower of the Washington National Cathedral

Police Quota Controversy Highlights Lack Of Transparency In Arlington

A memo written by Alexandria's Chief of Police threatens "disciplinary actions" for officers who don't meet "performance measures." Even so, they insist they don't utilize a quota system.

AARP Launches Campaign Spotlighting Medicare, Social Security

The AARP has launched a campaign targeting Virginia's more than 1.3 million senior citizens, in an attempt to start a dialogue about the funding challenges that lie ahead for the Social Security and Medicare programs.

PHOTOS: Rescued Puppies Arrive In Washington

Dozens of puppies rescued from a puppy mill in Kentucky will be the newest residents of the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Metro Unveils New Map With New Station Names, Service Updates

Metro is rolling out its new Metro rail map, complete with new, shortened names for certain stations. The map also reflects some upgraded rush hour service on the Blue line.