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Monday, February 27, 2012

Virginia Legislators Pass Competing Voter Requirement Bills

The Virginia House and Senate are at an impasse after revising each others' legislation on voter requirements -- preventing either from being signed until the differences are ironed out.

Stomach Bug Strikes Fairfax Elementary School

A stomach virus has hit a Fairfax County elementary school, though area health officials are being careful to make clear they don't think it's another norovirus outbreak.

Maryland Transportation Activists Back Gas Tax

Nobody is a fan of paying more at the pump, but a coalition of Maryland transportation advocates say that without the revenue from a proposed hike in the gas tax, Maryland could come up short.

Dupont Traffic Lights Temporarily Disabled Today

Traffic signals around Dupont Circle will be disabled for several hours Tuesday morning, as crews to perform maintenance.

Metro Holds Public Hearings On Fare Hikes

Metro is holding the first of six public hearings on proposed across-the-board fare hikes to meet its fiscal year 2013 budget Monday night in Montgomery County.

CQ Roll Call: Congress Returns, Transportation Fight Looms

The battle over a transportation funding overhaul is getting increasingly tense on Capitol Hill, and the outcome could have significant consequences for mass transit projects in the D.C. area.

O'Malley, McDonnell Split Hairs Over Regional Job Creation

The governors of Maryland and Virginia got into a little spat over job creation at a national governors' conference in D.C. this weekend.

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.