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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    11-YEAR-OLD SHOOTS BARKING DOG
    An 11-year-old Spotsylvania boy was arrested this week after he shot a neighbor's dog because the child thought it was barking too much, police said.  Deputies and animal control officers responded to the 13000 block of Mullins Court Jan. 25 for a report of a dog being shot, according to a release from the sheriff's Office.  Officers found that the dog, a German shepherd mix named Molly, had been shot in the neck. The owner told police he heard a gunshot outside his home around 3 p.m., went outside and saw Molly lying on the front porch with a wound on her neck. (Fredericksburg.com)

    DOOMSDAY BUDGET
    Budget cuts may run deeper than expected next fiscal year, Prince George's County schools superintendent William Hite Jr. said Tuesday, likening the school system's shrinking purse to a "doomsday type of budget." "I don't want to talk in specific numbers, but they are significant," Hite said to residents at a budget work session and hearing in Upper Marlboro. "We're talking almost a doomsday type of budget ... . We're going need your help." (Gazette)

    BURGLARY CHARGES DROPPED
    Several Fairfax County residents were outraged after a county judge dismissed 10 charges against three New Yorkers suspected of burglarizing more than 30 area homes and stealing gold jewelry, cash, documents and other gold items from February through November 2009. The burglaries primarily targeted Indian and Middle Eastern families, some of whom were in attendance during a nearly five-hour preliminary hearing Jan. 20 in Fairfax County General District Court. (Fairfax Times)

    PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY WANTS NORTHROP GRUMMAN
    Bringing in 300 high-paying, corporate executive jobs would certainly be a boon for any locality in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Being able to claim the headquarters of Northrop Grumman, however: that's the real prize.            Prince William County is among the localities planning to make a pitch to the Los Angeles-based global security company. (Gainesville-Times)

    WATER DAMAGED CARS
    Virginia legislators are debating whether to raise the threshold at which vehicles must be reported as having water damage, something consumer advocates say could make Virginia a dumping ground for flooded cars. The House and Senate could vote Thursday on proposals to raise from $1,000 to $5,000 the amount of repair required to qualify as a water-damaged vehicle.(AP/wtop.com)

    TONY SOPRANO "HURT OUR IMAGE"
    "The Sopranos" and other television shows about the mafia are damaging Italy's reputation abroad, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said today. "I hope we can end this bad habit of making TV shows about the mob," Berlusconi told reporters in Reggio Calabria, southern Italy. "These shows hurt the image of our country." (Bloomberg News / Richmond Times Dispatch)