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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

D.C. United Scores New Stadium After Council Gives Final Approval To Deal

The D.C. Council today gave final approval to a $300 million deal for a new D.C. United stadium in Southwest D.C., scoring the team a new home after 20 years of playing at RFK Stadium.

Mental Health Policy Recommendations In Virginia Get Key Endorsement

Proposed reforms to the way emergency care is handled for mental health crises got a boost this week from a Virginia legislative panel formed in the wake of the suicide of the son of State Sen. Creigh Deeds.

Hogan Cabinet Appointments Announced In Annapolis

Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan will announce some of his cabinet appointments today, but there's no early indication which positions he will fill.

Vice President Biden Presides Over Lighting Of National Menorah

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins this week, and the White House was in on the celebration.

McAuliffe To Propose Limitations On Credits And Deductions In Virginia

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is taking aim at tax preferences, hoping to balance the commonwealth's budget by targeting costly measures.

Fatberg Ahoy! How Pouring Cooking Grease Down The Drain Hurts D.C. Sewers

Think twice before you pour the grease from your holiday turkey down the drain: it contributes to the creation of "fatbergs" that can clog pipes and send sewage back into your home.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Limitations On Tax Credits, Deductions Likely To Face Opposition In Virginia

Virtually every lobbyist in Richmond has a vested interested in tax credits that are already part of the code. That means the governor's proposal to roll back exemptions and credits for coalfield production, land preservation and long-term care insurance policies won't be easy.

D.C. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit, Ending Federal Oversight Of Special Education Cases

The District has been under federal oversight for the way it handles special education cases. But after almost two decades, a judge on Tuesday put an end to that oversight by dismissing a nearly two decade-old class action.

Report: D.C. Taking Steps Forward In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Just a few years ago, the District had a three percent rate of HIV infection. Since then a lot has improved, according to the D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

D.C. Council Chair Expects Final Vote On D.C. United Stadium To Go Smoothly

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said today that he expects a $300 million deal for a new stadium for D.C. United to easily pass the Council on a second and final vote scheduled for Wednesday.

Should Maryland Schools Start After Labor Day? Little Agreement Among Lawmakers

A report finds that pushing the start of classes in Maryland past Labor Day may help the state's economy, but many lawmakers don't buy that logic.

D.C. Attorney General-Elect Says City Has 'Room' To Pursue Pot Legalization

The District's first elected attorney general is hinting that a recent spending bill passed by Congress may not doom the city's marijuana legalization ballot initiative after all.

Virginia Officials Consider HOT Lanes On I-66 Through Arlington

Virginia has added tolls lanes on both 495 and 95 to attack traffic congestion, and now the plan is being considered for I-66 through Arlington, despite the county's long-stated opposition.

Metro Service Restored On Blue, Orange, Silver Lines After Water Main Break

Expect major delays on the Metro Tuesday morning, as a water main break caused closures on the Blue, Orange, Silver Lines for more than two hours.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Md. Gov.-Elect Hogan Could Clash With Legislature Over Obscure Component Of School Funding

The geographic cost of education index, GCEI, is part of the overall funding formula for Maryland public schools. Democrats in the General Assembly expect Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan to target it for a variety of reasons.