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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

GovExec: Agencies Analyze Super Committee Stalemate

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive magazine, analyzes federal agency hiring policies and worker morale after the super committee failed to reach an agreement this week. 

One Million Travelers Head Out Of D.C. For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving holiday travel is expected to increase by 4 percent this year over last year, meaning that more than 1 million Washingtonians are traveling 50  miles or more over the holiday weekend. 

Virginia Agencies Prep For More Budget Cuts

Despite higher revenues, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to play it safe and recommend some budget cuts in his financial plan for next year.

Great Dismal Swamp Fire Burns Out

The wildfire that burned for more than three months in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp is finally out, according to state environment officials.

Wall Street Protesters Join Occupy DC Ranks

Wall Street protesters arrive in D.C. after the long walk from New York, as observers wonder just how long the protest will continue.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Local Lawmakers Worry About Automatic Cuts

Area lawmakers are concerned that the automatic spending cuts triggered by the supercommittee's failure to reach an agreement could have a disproportionate affect on the D.C. region.

The Hill: Partisan Strategies After The Supercommittee

More was riding on a supercommittee compromise than just deficit reduction, and Alex Bolton from The Hill points out the strategies from both parties moving forward.

Purple Line Stokes Gentrification Fears

Business owners along the planned route of the Purple line are worrying about negative effects, such as increases in rent and landlords unwilling to sign long-term leases.

D.C. Biology Class Campaigns For AIDS Awareness

A D.C. biology class took their study of the evolution of the HIV virus as a prompt to spread awareness about AIDS and its effects throughout the District.

Walmart Signs D.C. Community Benefits Agreement

Walmart has signed a community benefits agreement with the District, guaranteeing that local businesses and contractors will benefit from the construction of six new stores.

Virginia Delegate Introduces 'Personhood' Bill

Virginia delegate Bob Marshall is introducing a bill that would grant personhood at the moment of conception.

Full Stretch Of ICC Opens, Tolls Begin Dec. 5

The entire length of the ICC opened this morning to much fanfare, and drivers have a couple of weeks to try it out for free.

Accused Wikileaks Informant's Hearing Starts Dec. 16

Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army soldier charged with providing classified information to Wikileaks, will begin his military proceeding Dec. 16. 

MoCo Emergency Response Times Down, Without Fees

It's been more than a year since ambulance fes were rejected in Montgomery County, but they're still a bone of contention among lawmakers.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

3 American Students Arrested In Cairo Have Been Released

The three American students who were arrested during protests near Cairo's Tahrir Square last week, have been released.