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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Poll: Gov. McDonnell Enjoys Positive Rating

Governor Bob McDonnell has solid support in Virginia, according to a recent poll, while President Obama has made in-roads in a hypothetical race against Mitt Romney.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bag Tax Could Soon Hit Prince George's County

Prince George's County may soon join Montgomery County in the District of Columbia with the implementation of a 5-cent tax on plastic bags.

Residents Protest Speed Cameras In Northeast D.C.

Some in NE D.C. are protesting speed cameras that they say generate revenue for the District by unfairly targetting low-income and elderly residents who can ill afford traffic fines.

GovExec: Freezing Federal Salaries, OPM And Its Pension Backlog

A pay freeze for federal works is back on the table, and D.C.-area senators are urging the Office of Personnel Management to address a backlog of retirement benefits claims.

Interior Department Okays Offshore Wind For Md., Va.

Offshore wind turbines in Maryland and Virginia get the go ahead from the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Republicans are looking for similar treatment for offshore drilling. 

Alexandria Waterfront Opponents Keep Battling In Court

Opponents of Alexandria's waterfront plan are continuing their legal challenge to the proposal.

D.C. Mayor Calls For Technology Investment In State Of The District

Mayor Vince Gray urges D.C. to prepare for a 'new economy' less reliant on the federal government in his State of the District speech.

Winter Weather Advisory For D.C. Region

Even as some areas see light snow, the winter weather advisory for the D.C. area has been lifted, except for areas north and west of the beltway.

Loudoun School Board Eliminates 70 Jobs In Next Year's Budget

Loudoun County Schools will eliminate 70 positions next year under a budget passed Tuesday night. The board also decided to delay implementation of full-day kindergarten for at least another year.

Virginia Oyster Population Rebounds, Still Far Off Highs

Oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay are a far cry from what they once were, but recent conservation efforts have made significant impacts.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Jury Selection Nearly Complete In Huguely Trial

Opening statements are expected to start Wednesday as the jury selection process wraps up in the murder trial of former UVa lacrosse player George Huguely V.

The Hill: Federal Transportation Bills Find Bipartisan Support

Bills that would help fund the country's crumbling transportation infrastructure are moving through both chambers of Congress, in a rare show of bipartisanship.

Maryland Comptroller Opposes Gas Tax Hike

Governor Martin O'Malley's proposed gas tax increase in Maryland has found opposition within his own party in the person of comptroller Peter Franchot.

Loudoun Co. School Board Expected to Vote on Budget

Facing a $36 million budget shortfall, Loudoun County's school board is considering some cost-cutting measures, such as bumping bus drivers and teachers assistants to part-time positions.

D.C. Council Shoots Down Internet Gambling

The D.C. Council voted on Tuesday to repeal a provision legalizing internet gambling in the District, though another bill explicitly calling for gambling is reportedly in the works.