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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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.

Gas Prices Reach Unseasonable Highs In D.C.

Gas prices are creeping up in the D.C. area -- something that's unusual for the cold winter months. Some analysts say the tenuous situation in Iran is to blame, and it could make matters worse going forward. 

Virginia To Repeal Limit On Handgun Purchases

Most Virginia residents are restricted to one handgun purchase per month -- something that lawmakers are moving to change with the repeal of a 1993 law.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Probe Implicates D.C. Employees In Unemployment Fraud

A D.C. probe has found that as many as 130 people in the District's employ have received unemployment benefits while on city payrolls going back to 2009.

Sulaimon Brown's Traffic Charge Trial Rescheduled

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, who was set to go to trial on a charge of driving without a valid license, will have to return to court.

Julius Henson Back In Court For Using Robocalls In Maryland Election

A political operative accused of using robocalls to suppress turnout among black voters during the 2010 gubernatorial election in Maryland is back in court today.

Police Make Third Arrest In Lenny Harris Murder

Police have made a third and final arrest in the murder of Alexandria civic activist Lenny Harris, who was honored in a memorial service in NE D.C. on Monday morning.

Texting Could Soon Be Primary Offense In Virginia

Virginia lawmakers will soon see a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense -- which means it can be used as cause to pull over drivers in the commonwealth.

CQ Roll Call: FAA Bill Expected To Pass, Talks On Payroll Tax Cuts Continues

The FAA authorization bill is expected to pass a final congressional hurdle this week, while lawmakers continue negotiations on the payroll tax cuts.

Charlottesville Preps For Overcrowded Courtroom For Huguely Trial

Charlottesville prepares for a media circus that will likely last throughout the murder trial of George Huguely, the former UVA lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love.

Occupy DC Protesters Plan To Move Forward

Occupy DC protesters say they're trying to rally today after U.S. Park Police moved into their encampments in downtown Washington over the weekend.