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Morning Roundup: Oct. 24

Familiar face in Wal-Mart deal; Trial begins in Lululemon murder case; Questions raised about Fairfax sheriff's retirement plan; Former DYRS superintendent reaches settlement; Metrobus accidents increasing; Two fatally shot in D.C.; Five robberies in Northwest Washington; 7-Eleven looking to hire 38 residents 'on the spot'; Gansler: Natural gas companies pressuring Md. residents to sell property.

What's up with that?

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has issued an executive order prohibiting public-safety officers from asking people about their immigration status. What's up with that?

Morning Roundup: Oct. 20

Gray campaign investigation intensifies; Md. assembly giving final stamp to redistricting map; Garagiola reportedly files for Bartlett seat; Gray signs 'sanctuary city' legislation; Fatal shooting on Metrobus; Police offer motive in fatal stabbing of Gaithersburg girl; Contributions down in 2011 Virginia races; Ehrlich chairs Romney campaign in Maryland.

Cuccinelli: 'good chance I'll run for governor'

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has been somewhat coy in answering questions about his political future — including his plans for 2013. But according to the Virginian-Pilot, he may have let loose a Freudian slip when talking to students Tuesday at Norfolk Technical School.

McDonnell, Obama have 'friendly' chat in Hampton

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has stepped up criticism of President Barack Obama and his policies (including telling the Washington Post on Tuesday, for example, that the Obama administration is "almost clueless" on the economy.) But a spokesman for the governor described McDonnell's private, 10-minute meeting with the president in Hampton on Wednesday as "a friendly visit."

Morning Roundup: Oct. 19

Md. redistricting map reaches House; O'Malley administration uses special session to push jobs, gas-tax increase; Va. considers cutting local road maintenance payments; Va. appeals court upholds Blood member's 'Crips-related' defense; Police find body of missing 11-year-old in Clarksburg; D.C. ends arrests for expired tags; Davis wins Leslie Johnson's seat in Prince George's; Five D.C. homicides in four days; Caps are 5-0, franchise record.

Morning Roundup: Oct. 18

Va. pressed to pay for aging inmate population; Searchers return to Montgomery County parks to look for son of slain mother; Applicants to grow medical pot for D.C. eye Northeast; Va. Senate Democrats collect $2.1M in third quarter; Md. gives preliminary approval to O'Malley's proposed congressional map; Currie defense witness: 'No one would call him smart'; Prince George's residents vote for Leslie Johnson replacement.

McDonnell to attend Obama event in Hampton

Though President Obama declined Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to stop in Louisa, the site of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, during his three-day bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia to promote his jobs package, it would appear any potential lingering hard feelings have been quashed: Mr. McDonnell will attend the president's event at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton on Wednesday.