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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sen. Paul Holds Up Federal Funding Bill

A bill to fund the federal government until well after the November elections has hit a snag in the Senate.

Virginia Begins Closing Training Centers For Disabled

Training centers in Virginia for the developmentally disabled are beginning to shut down as part of a settlement agreement.

Wednesday's Red Line Meltdown Leaves Riders Dejected

Wednesday's Red Line woes have a lot of Metro commuters weary of the ongoing issues with the city's transit system. 

Michael Brown Wants Publicly Financed Council Races

One D.C. Council member is calling on the city to examine publicly financed campaigns after some recent trouble with his own campaign accounts.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fairfax County Joins Virginia In Suing EPA Over Runoff

New standards for controlling stormwater runoff have brought together Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Fairfax County government in a suit against the EPA.

Montgomery County Salutes Its WWII Veterans

As part of an effort to fill volunteer seats on their board of veterans affairs, Montgomery County reached out to and honored the WWII residents in its midst.

Analysis: Uncertainty Abounds For Federal Employees Facing Cuts

Discussions of a stop-gap measure to fund the federal government until a longer-term deal on sequestration can be brokered has done little to quell the uncertainties for federal employees.

D.C. Council Shoots Down Capital Gains Tax Cut

A proposal from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to lower the capital gains tax for investors in District-based technology companies has been shot down by the council.

Court Rules UVA Doesn't Have To Turn Over Climate Scientist's Emails

A Virginia court has sided with the University of Virginia, after a conservative group sought the release of one of the university's former climate scientist's emails, in an apparent attempt to discredit him.

D.C. May Ease Up On Reckless Driving Penalties

D.C. lawmakers are considering lowering penalties for reckless driving so that a conviction would not necessarily trigger an automatic loss of license.

MWAA Board Member Resigns After Legal Fight

Dennis Martire, an embattled member of the Metropolitan Airports Authority Board told his colleagues at a meeting Wednesday that he will resign effective next month.

No Explanation Yet For Morning Power Problems On Red Line

Metro experienced major delays on the Red Line this morning as a result of a power problems on both ends of the line, and a cause, or even a relationship between the two problem sites, is as yet unknown.

Streetcar Advocates See A Walkable Community For Columbia Pike

Advocates hope a new streetcar line will create a vibrant, walkable community along Columbia Pike in Arlington, but planners say it takes a lot more than transit to transform a neighborhood.

Evans: D.C. Council Shouldn't Review Large Contracts

D.C. Council member Jack Evans is looking to take the city's largest contracts out of the council's hands, citing the recent struggle surrounding the D.C. lottery contract. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Analysis: With Sequestration Looming, Congress Looks At 'Down Payment'

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to avoid dramatic sequestration cuts, but it's looking less likely that a deal will be brokered before the end of the year, so The Hill's Alex Bolton says they may have to work out a temporary compromise.

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