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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

From Shark Fins To Sales Taxes, New Laws Go Into Effect In Maryland And D.C.

If you live in D.C. or Maryland, there are some new laws and policies taking effect that you might want to be aware of.

Maryland Officials Express Confidence In Online Health Insurance Exchange

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland's health secretary, says the marketplace is set to open online today. Health officials also expressed confidence the state is prepared to address bumps in the road relating to any technology problems that could arise.

Schools Along Route 1 In Fairfax County Struggle To Meet State Standards

New standardized test scores show that students who live along the Route 1 corridor in Fairfax County are struggling to meet minimum standards.

After Years Of Delays, D.C. Taxicabs Now Accept Credit Cards

Don't have cash? Don't worry—today is the first day that D.C. taxicabs will have to take credit cards for payment, and the city's top taxicab regulator says that the overwhelming majority of them will.

High-Profile Legal Team Joins Suit Against Virginia Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

The two lawyers who helped bring down California's ban on same-sex marriage have joined a lawsuit seeking to do the same in Virginia.

Montgomery County Stands To Lose $500,000 Per Day During Shutdown

Some 70,000 federal government employees live in Montgomery County, and the shutdown means no paychecks for them—and no revenue for the county.

Monday, September 30, 2013

What Is Open And What Is Closed During The Government Shutdown?

The federal government is closed, but that doesn't mean that every government service you rely on will be unavailable. Here's what's open and what's closed.

Shenandoah National Park Plans Controlled Burn

Access to Big Meadows at Shenandoah National Park will be restricted while park officials conduct a controlled burn.

National Zoo's Panda Cam To Go Dark During Government Shutdown

Not only will the National Zoo be physically inaccessible during a government shutdown, but it's cutest animals will not be viewable on popular web cameras.

D.C. Sales Tax Will Go Down On Tuesday

Starting on Oct. 1, D.C.'s sales tax will drop from six to 5.75 percent, the lowest in the region.

Metro To Remain Open During Government Shutdown

Metro opens doors, even during a federal goverment shutdown.

D.C. Government To Remain Open During Federal Shutdown

D.C. will pay its 32,000 employees out of a reserve fund, sparing residents from a local government shutdown.

National Aquarium Closes Washington Location On Monday

An aquarium that opened its doors to visitors in 1885 is closing its doors in the District.

Two Maryland Casinos Fined For Instances Of Underage Gambling

Maryland Live! Casino and Hollywood Casino are paying a combined $30,000 in fines for incidents in which people under the age of 21 were caught gambling.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Maryland Health Officials Seeking Public Input On Medicare Agreement

The public can provide comments on a new plan that would affect how hospital costs are paid under Maryland's unique Medicare waiver agreement.