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A D.C. councilman proposed a bill that would require all city high school students to apply to at least one college before graduating. What's up with that?

Morning Roundup: Jan. 5

Thomas' absence from D.C. Council session fuels speculation; McDonnell seeks money to attract biotech jobs; D.C. club closed after stabbing; Field for Bartlett's House seat taking shape; Md. lawmaker Muse to announce Senate bid; Barry files for re-election; McDonnell officials tussle over Dulles rail money; Cuccinelli looks past Bolling to McAuliffe.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 4

D.C. wants college applications as graduation requirement; Cuccinelli says he can defend ballot law; Bolling defines tie-breaker role; Maryland delegate has fantasy-sports bill; D.C. Council member Thomas misses repayment deadline; Virginia GOP to revisit loyalty oath; Md. state Sen. Brinkley to announce congressional plans; Rat complaints prompt inspection of Occupy D.C. camp.

Morning Roundup, Jan. 3

Virginia lawmakers take up voter ID laws; Occupy D.C. at crossroad; D.C. Council to New Hampshire; Slots in Prince George's face challenges; New Jersey appears ahead of D.C. in I-gaming race; D.C. Council chairman to preview 2012 legislation; Public hearings set on Virginia budget; Paul's Virginia campaign headquarters will be in Norfolk.

Morning Roundup, Dec. 29

Virginia will play big in 2012 elections; IG report: Metro skirted hiring practices; Justice clears way for online gambling; D.C. issued 1.6M parking tickets in a year; Post: Black student expelled more than whites; Butt slasher likely fled to Peru; Maryland might have most gerrymandered congressional districts; Brown returns money from tax evader Stewart.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 28

D.C. resident readies for city hall recall effort; Joint effort in Virginia to challenge Romney, Paul certifications; Perry files ballot suit in Va.; Some Va. Assembly bills appear ghostwritten; Norton calls for full audit of Union Station; Va. merchants push for Amazon to pay state sales tax; More speed cameras planned for Prince George's; Maryland lawmaker wants to ban Internet 'sweepstakes' gambling.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 27

Police-involved shootings on rise; D.C. to announce medical marijuana growers; McDonnell budget without Potomac funds; Md. lawmakers already filing General Assembly bills; D.C. Council sets I-gaming hearing; Va. General Assembly poised to scrap over K-12 funding; Wiz fans boo Kardashian's ex, Humphries; Md. financier pitching infrastructure plan to Congress.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 26

Post-Christmas shopping begins; Report: Va. needs roughly $20M for recommended child mental health services; Outside firm will check for cheating on D.C student tests; Prince George's 911 operators slowed by odd calls; Montgomery Co. wants to join Capital Bikeshare network.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 22

Poll: Virginians still divided on uranium mining; Census: D.C. has fastest-growing population; Frey enters race for Va. attorney general; Marylanders react to proposed redistricting map; Pepco will pay $1M fine for outage delays; Audit: Fired Md. workers rehired by other agencies; Four overnight shootings in D.C.

Reports suggest Harry Thomas's troubles may be mounting

A federal probe into whether D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. redirected funds intended for youth sports programs has expanded to include $832,000 in public grants intended for community and gang-intervention initiatives, a neighborhood newspaper is reporting.