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Sunday, April 6, 2014

McAuliffe Signs Slew Of Bills

Bills tackling issues from standardized testing to the name of a body of water between Japan and the Koreas were signed into law this weekend.

'To Be Sold' Exhibit Explores Domestic Slave Trade In Virginia

An exhibit at the Library of Virginia will look at an aspect of the slave trade not often explored: people being bought and sold from within the continental United States.

Maryland Lawmakers Draw On Pensions To Pass $38.7B Budget

The Maryland General Assembly drew $200 million earmarked for the state's pension system in order to avoid dramatic cuts to the state's $38.7 billion budget.

George Huguely Denied Rehearing On Murder Appeal

The former University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted of second-degree murder in 2012 has been denied a rehearing.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Loudoun County Considers Closing Four Elementary Schools

The county's school board thinks closing the small schools would help close a budget gap.

Veterans Get Behind Proposal To Change Veterans Affairs Department

Republican lawmakers and Concerned Veterans for America think Veterans Affairs would function better if it were easier for the department to fire underperforming employees.

Maryland Lawmakers Crunch On Critical Bills Before Adjournment

In Maryland, it's go time for bills that deal with "House of Cards" tax breaks, minimum wage, and marijuana decriminalization.

Bill That Delays Wind Farm Gets Preliminary Approval In Maryland Senate

The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill stalling a wind farm project off the coast of the state's Eastern Shore.

D.C. Police Release Another Video In Search For Relisha Rudd

A newly released video shows a person of interest in the ongoing search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

On Opening Day, Nationals Tout New Food, Retail At Park

On the day that the Washington Nationals kick play their home opener, team official are touting the new food, retail and technology that fans will experience at Nationals Park.

Under Bill, All Dog Owners In Maryland Liable For Dog Bites

All Maryland dog owners would be liable for their pets if they bite someone, but owners would have a chance to rebut a presumption of liability in court, under a bill that has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

Gray Presents $10.7 Billion Budget To D.C. Council

Two days after he was defeated in his bid for a second term, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed a $10.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Federal Panel Rejects Eisenhower Memorial Design

A federal commission that oversees monuments in the nation's capital has voted to reject the current design of the Eisenhower Memorial.

Why Silver Spring is A Destination for Lovers of Vinyl

With three independent record stores, Silver Spring has become a destination for music lovers. But with so much redevelopment in the area, how long will that last?

McAuliffe Signs Bill Limiting Cell Phone Tracking By Police

The bill authored by Republican Del. Bob Marshall and backed by the Virginia ACLU limits how far police can go when tracking people on their cell phones.