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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sluggish Housing Sinks Alexandria Budget

The city manager in Alexandria is anticipating a budget shortfall in fiscal 2013, largely driven by sluggish growth in the real estate market.

DNA Implicates Stepfather In Jessica Nguyen Murder

Jessica Nguyen in school picture

Police have arrested the stepfather of 11-year-old Jessica Nguyen in connection with her murder in May.

Heavy Delays On I-95/I-395 In Virginia This Morning

Several incidents, including emergency paving work at I-95 and the Prince William Parkway, are tying up traffic during the morning commute in Virginia this morning.

Surveillance Video Led Police To Body In William McQuain Search

Police chief Thomas Manger announces developments

Police are examining security video that let them to the body of William McQuain while neighbors and classmates mourn the terrible loss of the 11-year-old.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 19

Critical auction, celebrated dance and the kings and queens of karaoke.

Mistakes Found In D.C. Redistricting Map

Several technical errors found in the planned D.C. redistricting map will need to be revisited by the D.C. Council in November.

Spitball Suspension Reaches Virginia Supreme Court

The case of a 14-year-old Spotsylvania teenager suspended for shooting spitballs at fellow students has reached the highest court in the state of Virginia.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stores Empty At Prince William Food Pantry

A food pantry in Prince William county will have to temporarily shutter its doors until it can muster enough donations of food and money to continue to serve the community.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reforms Needed For Virginia State Leave System


Virginia has hundreds of millions of unfunded liabilities on the books in the form of unused leave for state employees, a potential financial crisis in the making.

PG County Holds Special Election

A special election to replace former councilwoman Leslie Johnson is underway in Prince George's County. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Redistricting Plan Passes Maryland Senate

Governor Martin O'Malley's redistricting plan passed through the Maryland Senate on Tuesday, largely along party lines.

Fight At College Fair Forces Evacuation

A fight broke out among students at a college fair at the D.C. convention center Tuesday, forcing the event to be evacuated. 

Expired Tags No Longer Jailable Offense In D.C.

Driving around with expired tags in D.C. won't net you a night behind bars anymore, after emergency legislation passed Tuesday.

Water Leaks Into Lake From Virginia Nuclear Plant

Operators at the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in Virginia reported that 272 gallons of cooling water from the nuclear reactor was leaked  into a nearby lake.

Body Found In Search For William McQuain

After days of searching, police believe they have found the body of 11-year-old William McQuain, the Germantown boy whose mother was found slain in her apartment last week.