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Monday, February 27, 2012

Congress Gears Up For Fight On Transportation Funding

Members of Congress have their work cut out for them this week when it comes to a transportation funding bill that would shift some funding from public transportation projects to highways.

Report: Child Poverty Down In D.C.

Fewer D.C. children are living in the city's most poverty-stricken neighborhoods, according to new data released this week.

D.C. Group Tries To Ban Corporate Campaign Contributions

A group of D.C. activists is calling for a law banning all corporate campaign contributions to D.C. Council members. The proposal will be vetted today at the D.C. Board of Election and Ethics.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 27

Four plays, Frida and flamenco.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fairfax's Meal Tax Would Help Fund Transportation Projects

Fairfax County supervisors are considering funding transportation projects through a 4 percent tax increase on restaurant meals.

Arlington Considers Relaxing Backyard Hen Restrictions

Arlington leaders will consider relaxing restrictions on residents keeping hens in the backyard.

Cardin To Hold Hearing On Wastewater Infrastructure

Sen. Ben Cardin is planning to hold a hearing to address the challenges that local communities face on wastewater infrastructure needs.

Metro Track Work Takes Spring Break For Cherry Blossoms

Metro will suspend its aggressive track work schedule during the Cherry Blossom season beginning in late March.

Library Of Congress Explores Politics Of Dance

A new exhibit exploring the politics of dance is showing at the Library of Congress until the end of July.

House Fire Leaves Two Firefighters In Critical Condition

Two Prince George's County firefighters remain in critical but stable condition after battling a house fire in Riverdale Friday night.

McDonnell Against Cuts To Virginia's Transportation Projects

Gov. Bob McDonnell is trying to protect Virginia from federal budget cuts while also calling for deep spending cuts.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Virginia Cities Receive Millions For Safer Crosswalks

Several communities in Virginia are receiving millions of dollars as part of the state's Safe Routes to School program.

Metro Track Work Continues This Weekend

Metro riders should expect delays on the Red, Orange, Blue, and Green Line trains this weekend.

Virginia General Assembly Squabbles Over Dulles Rail Labor

The MWAA is warning that area commuters might end up paying for the Dulles Rail project in the form of tolls, unless the Virginia General Assembly can come to an agreement on labor.

Friday, February 24, 2012

After Senate Vote, Celebration For Maryland Same-Sex Couples

While the same-sex marriage legislation passed in Maryland Thursday still faces some hurdles, couples in Maryland have taken the occasion as a cause for celebration.