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Monday, July 21, 2014

Prince George's County Officials Set To Vote On National Harbor Casino Plan

Prince George's County officials are scheduled to vote on the building plan for a $925 million casino near the nation's capital.

Obama To Sign Order Barring LGBT Discrimination Among Federal Contractors

An executive order expected to be issued today barring workplace discrimination against LGBT workers will not offer a religious exemption for federal contractors.

Maryland Breaking Ground On $35M Annapolis Water Treatment Plant

After tears of mechanical and structural problems at the water plant in Annapolis, officials are finally ready to break ground on a new facility.

Maryland Congressman Drawing Support For Infrastructure Bank

Shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund have drawn renewed scrutiny to U.S. transportation spending, something Maryland Democrat John Delaney is hoping will draw attention to his plan for an infrastructure bank.

Is Virginia Building Highways For Single Occupancy Vehicles?

Traffic on the 495 Express Lanes has been composed overwhelmingly of single-occupancy vehicles, something planners hope won't also be true of the I-95 HOV lanes currently being expanded.

Arlington Pub Crawls Reined In With New Security Rules

After several raucous outdoor drinking events that have led to public urination, fights and arrests, Arlington County is making bar owners liable providing security.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chelsea Manning To Get Initial Treatment For Gender Re-Assignment

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is receiving initial treatments as part of her gender re-assignment being conducted while in prison.

Lawmakers Look To Protect Whistleblowers After Veterans Affairs Scandal

Problems at Veterans Affairs could have been identified and resolved sooner, say Senate lawmakers, if there was a culture that encouraged whistleblowing from below.

Watchdog Group Says EPA Could Be Underestimating Bay Pollution

An absence of monitoring along Eastern Shore rivers makes it impossible to check the runoff from Maryland poultry farms, according to the Environmental Integrity Project.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Montgomery County Launches Review Of Liquor Laws

A top state official says the county should relinquish oversight of liquor stores, but that's not likely to happen.

In Wake Of Malaysia Airlines Downing, Lawmakers Push Sanctions Against Russia

As President Obama awaits more evidence that Russia could have been involved in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 downing, D.C.-area lawmakers are throwing their weight behind sanctioning the country.

Columbia Pike Streetcar Moves Forward Without Federal Money

Applying for federal dollars is time consuming and potentially fruitless, so the county board is expected to approve a plan tomorrow to pay for the $330 million streetcar system without federal funds.

Anthony Brown Says He Would Exempt Military Retirement Income From Maryland Tax

The Democratic candidate for Maryland governor made the announcement a day after a similar one from Republican candidate Larry Hogan.

In Virginia, Highways Grow Wider And Come With Tolls

Virginia's top transportation planners foresee a 70-mile network of express toll lanes that will offer motorists the option of paying for a reliable commute, carpooling free or hopping an express bus to reach their jobs.

Teacher Turnover Costly And Especially Common At High-Poverty Schools, Report Finds

In D.C., teacher turnover costs the city between $3 and $6 million, according to a report released by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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