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Saturday, December 10, 2011

BWI To Receive $100 Million Makeover

BWI is set to receive a $100 million makeover that will allow passengers to move between concourses without being re-screened.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Poynter: News Organizations Learn To Adapt In Virginia Tech Emergency

The websites of news organizations near Virginia Tech university were overwhelmed with traffic Thursday, prompting many to turn to new alternatives to keep citizens informed.

Moran Holds Line On Environmental Riders To Spending Bill

Senator Jim Moran (D-Va.) refuses to compromise on a rider to the controversial spending bill that would limit the government's ability to regulate pollution across state lines.

Suspect Dies After Shooting Altercation With Virginia Trooper

The suspect in a shooting altercation with a Virginia State Trooper along I-95 Thursday has died. The trooper suffered a gunshot to the leg, and will likely recover.

Metro Delays Expected On All Lines


WMATA has teams out making repairs on the Metro once again this weekend, meaning that riders should expect delays of varying length on all five Metro lines.

CQ Roll Call: Bi-Partisan Deal On Payroll Tax Break Extension Not Reached

Congress still has not reached a bi-partisan deal to extend the payroll tax break past the end of the year, and chances of a recess appointment to elect a new head of Consumer Protection Financial Bureau is likely.

WaPo's McCartney: Virginia's Senatorial Race, Paul Schurick Convicted, Occupy DC Escalation

Bob McCartney of The Washington Post says that Virginia's senatorial race isn't as closely tied to the national election as some think, and also talks about Paul Schurick's conviction and the Occupy DC escalation.

McDonnell Unveils New Transportation Funding Plans

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is hoping to dedicate more state revenue to transportation projects.

Maryland Gives $17M To D.C. Wastewater Project

Maryland is chipping in $17 million for major upgrades to the Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant in D.C.

D.C. Gardeners Weed Through Bureaucracy

Some gardeners in the District are figuring out how take advantage of the city's farmable land, but first they have to figure out who owns it.

Congress Split Over How To Head Consumer Bureau

Democrats say one director is needed to efficiently head the Consumer Bureau, while Republicans say one person is not enough.

Virginia Considers Raising Cigarette Tax

A new proposal could help lower Virginia's car tax, but smokers in the state will have to pay.

Leslie Johnson Sentenced To One Year In Prison

Leslie Johnson, wife of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for her role in his federal corruption scandal. 

Slain Va. Tech Officer Was Army Vet, Father Of Five

The Virginia Tech police officer killed in a deadly shooting Dec. 8 was an army veteran and married father of five children and stepchildren.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Maryland Teacher Charged with Sexually Abusing Students

A teacher at Glen Burnie High School in Anne Arundel, Maryland has been charged for the sexual abuse of three students.