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Morning Roundup: May 25

Gray's Wal-Mart ultimatum, Uncollected tax dollars?, DOJ to ask lawmakers about redistricting, D.C. budget vote, More bed bugs at hospital

Cheh memo outlines committee 'priorities'

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh's lightened the tone of what's been a fairly contentious budget process with the release late Tuesday of a memo outlining her committee "priorities" in advance of an initial vote Tuesday on the city spending plan.

Morning Roundup: May 24

Troubled D.C. schools security contract, D.C. principal under investigation, father charged with killing daughter, 'Squids' plaguing highways, tip leads to arrest

Morning Roundup: May 23

Gray meets with disgruntled supporters, Metro considers simplifying signs, Ehrlich discusses life after Maryland, YouTube video raises questions about Metro Transit Police, Good month for McDonnell, Brown takes on budget

Morning Roundup: May 19

Developer in Johnson case appears to have given thousands in illegal campaign contributions; Warner, Webb say Va. concerns big reason for rejected offshore drilling plan; Kaine 'not sure' about his archives related to Soering; D.C. medical examiner loses accreditation; Dog attacks P.G. students on school bus; Md. requires French rail company applying for contract to disclose role in Holocaust; Va. restaurateur faces criminal 'spanking' charges today

Morning Roundup: May 18

Former Prince George's Co. exec Johnson pleads guilty to felony charges; D.C. Council gets court order for witnesses in Mayor Gray personnel probe; Va. groups ask for delay of new adoption regs; Cuccinelli hires dating columnist for press staff; Lawyer: D.C. police officer 'scapegoated' by Chief Lanier; O'Malley to sign controversial waste-to-energy bill; Schaefer's $2.4 million will touch many.

Morning Roundup: May 17

D.C. Council votes today on court-ordered subpoenas in Gray probe; D.C. Council member urges scrapping 6 of mayor's 13 tax- or fee-increase proposals; Va.'s low unemployment triggers end to some jobless benefits; Defense cuts hitting private sector; O'Malley at potential odds with environmental supporters; Police: Driver in Olney wreck smelled like alcohol

Morning Roundup: May 16

Kaine faces questions about decision on killer; Juvenile arrests up in D.C.; D.C. Council resumes budget debate; Driver in fatal Olney crash due in court; Former Alexandria police chief mulls council run; Audit: Va. state employee used computer for role-playing game; Md. lawmaker faces tea party pressure on debt-ceiling issue

Morning Roundup: May 12

Survey: Allen, Kaine still tied; Kaine will accept PAC and lobbyist money; Document: D.C. mayoral appointee Whiting made roughly double what was first reported; D.C. mayor testifies on Hill today about city finances; Virginia Public Access Project keeps tabs on state-level races; Va. governor asks for delay of BRAC move to Mark Center.

Morning Roundup: May 11

Congress calls D.C. mayor to Hill over budget, finances; D.C. Mayor Gray to discuss truancy today; N.C. youth allegedly hijacked bus to shoot Washington officials; Maryland lawmakers consider increasing sales tax; Virginia appeals court hears opening arguments in attempt to overturn health care overhaul; New MoCo school chief to get $250,000 annually; Cuccinelli sends legislative maps to Justice Department.

Lorraine Green to take the Fifth?

Council staff members say Lorraine A. Green is considering invoking her Fifth Amendment privilege at a D.C. Council hearing this week on Mayor Vincent C. Gray's hiring practices on the grounds that her testimony may incriminate her in a matter under review by the U.S. Attorney's Office.