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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Park And Ride Open In Loudoun County

A new state of the art park and ride lot is now open in Loudoun County.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: What's To Come From Debt Deal 'Super Committee'

The Senate did manage to pass an agreement to increase the debt ceiling this afternoon, which President Obama quickly signed. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talked with WAMU anchor Pat Brogan about what comes next on Capitol Hill.

Montgomery County Council Will Set Dates To Replace Leslie Johnson

The Prince George's County Council is planning a special election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Leslie Johnson.

New Plan Moves Megabus, Bolt Bus, And Others To Union Station

Soon, most D.C. travelers taking intercity bus trips won't have to wonder where to board.

New Lawsuit To Challenge Maryland’s 'DREAM Act' On Ballot

A new lawsuit in Maryland is challenging the state's referendum on offering in-state tuition to some undocumented immigrants.

Alexandria Police Participate In National Night Out

More than 10,000 communities across the country are participating in National Night Out -- an annual event aimed at bringing residents and law enforcement closer together.

Lobby Calls on Congress To Prevent D.C. Pest Dumping

Lobbyists for pest control companies are calling on members of Congress to de-fund a new law regulating the capture of wild animals that find their way into D.C. homes.

"Smooth Operator" Program Targets Aggressive Drivers In Maryland

Nearly 400 people died in traffic accidents in the District, Maryland and Virginia in 2009, and officials say about one-third of those deaths were due to aggressive driving.

Maryland Senators Vote To Raise The Debt Limit

Maryland's senators joined the majority of Congress in voting for a deal to keep the nation from defaulting on its loans.

Senate Passes Debt Ceiling Deal

A deal to raise the federal government's debt limit by $1 trillion has passed the Senate, by a vote of 74-26. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later today.

Hundreds Of MPD Officers Prepare For National Night Out

National Night Out kicks off later tonight and law enforcement authorities from around the region will be out walking the streets.

Florida Ave. Reopens After Fatal Accident, Baby Born In Traffic Backup

Update 10:20 a.m.: Florida Avenue NW has reopened after being closed in both directions around New York Avenue NW this morning after a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer, according to NBC Washington. The traffic backup that resulted from the accident also required one woman to give birth while stuck in her car.

Mountain Lion Siting In Loudoun County

Residents of Round Hill, Va., believe they've seen and heard a mountain lion in their midst, according to reports.

Two Northern Virginia Congressmen Decry Debt Deal

The region's U.S. House lawmakers split their votes on whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Va. Senator Seeking Seat On Debt Ceiling 'Super Committee'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the deal struck over the weekend to resolve the debt-ceiling standoff "dodged a bullet," but Congress must follow up by enacting a broader solution to the federal government's debt problems.

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