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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Virginia Redistricting: Lawmakers At An Impasse

An architect of Virginia's new Congressional redistricting plan says Democrats and Republicans can't agree on how to move forward.

Frederick Co. To Address Meeting Prayer

In Maryland, Frederick County Commissioners are considering loosening a proposed public-meeting prayer policy, according to the Associated Press.

Drug Court Proponents Await D.C. Region's First Veterans' Court

In recent years, more and more veterans with substance abuse problems are finding help and accountability in specialized veterans' treatment courts across the country. But the movement hasn't yet caught on in the D.C. region; no local court has created an all-veteran docket.

D.C. Appropriations Bill Heads To House Floor With Restrictions On Funding

The Obama administration is opposing Congress's efforts to restrict funding for needle exchange and abortions for poor women in the District of Columbia.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Md. Officials Urge People Not To Move Firewood Due To Invasive Beetle

All Maryland counties west of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna river are under a firewood quarantine due to an invasive beetle, the emerald ashborer, spreading faster than expected.

Montgomery County Police Investigating Hate Crime In Cloverly

About two dozen residents of the Spencerville neighborhood in Cloverly, Maryland got a rude awakening this morning when they woke to find their cars vandalized.

Gray Says Gun Ban Solution On the Way

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says a solution to the city’s de facto ban on handguns is in the works.

The Redskins Are Going Green

The Washington Redskins plans to install solar panels this September at FedExField in Landover Maryland. There'll also be panels installed in the stadium's parking lot.

Charlie Sheen Escort Routine Says Report

A new District of Columbia inspector general's report says there was nothing unusual about the police escort given to actor Charlie Sheen, according to A.P.

New Montgomery County Facility Will Cost 'Nothing' Eventually

In Maryland, leaders in Montgomery County broke ground on a new facility they hope will spur development near the Shady Grove Metro Station.

Protester Arrested In D.C. Statehood Demontration Goes To Trial

The trial of one of the D.C. protesters arrested for demonstrating for D.C.'s autonomy in April began today at D.C. Superior Court, but was ultimately delayed

Calls Don't Stop For DCFD On High Heat Days

The high temperatures we've been experiencing in the Metro area have prompted many people to take it easy. The heat means more work for local firefighters, as they rush to treat heat-related illnesses.

FBI Probing Document Thefts From Md. Historical Society

An attempted theft at the Maryland Historical Society has touched off a national investigation. Federal officials are now checking to see if the suspects have taken documents from other museums and archives.

Tommy Wells Loses Powerful Transportation Committee Post

It's been a rocky year so far at the D.C. Council with several scandals and investigations. As the council prepares to break for the summer, there's been one final twist: an unprecedented reshuffling of committee assignments.

Va. Governor McDonnell's PAC Raises $1.5 Million

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's political action committee raised $1.5 million in the past three months, and records show nearly all the funds came from large individual donations.

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