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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

D.C. Council Candidate Pat Mara Denies Lobbying For Exxon Mobil

Patrick Mara, who just won the DC Sierra Club endorsement for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council, disputes a congressional lobbying record that lists him as a paid lobbyist for Exxon Mobil.

Still No Clear Front Runner In Virginia Governor Race

Voters in the commonwealth don't yet prefer either major candidatesfor Virginia governor, voicing support for both Terry Auliffe and Ken Cuccinelli in nearly equal numbers.

D.C. Area Patients Face Longer Wait Times Than Most

Those heading to a physician in D.C., Maryland and Virginia spend more time on average in waitings rooms than patients elsewhere in the nation, according to a new report.

Maryland Housing Discrimination Debate Centers On Section 8

Maryland lawmakers effectively killed legislation that would make it illegal for landlords to discriminate based on a renter's source of income; the inclusion of Section 8 voucher-holders proved a sticking point.

Can Arlington's Artisphere Survive Without County Funding?

Funding for Artisphere in Rosslyn comes in large part from Arlington County, but with potential budget cuts in the future, some are wondering whether the arts center can be self-sustaining.

Friday, May 24, 2013

D.C. Development: Fixing The System

D.C. has to look no further than its neighbors, Maryland and Virginia, for ways to hold developers to their promises. Meanwhile, critics call for campaign finance reform.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Empty Promises: Developers Often Don't Deliver

Developers receiving subsidies pledge jobs, affordable housing and other benefits for D.C. residents. Yet with little oversight and enforcement, many of the promises were downsized, delayed or broken.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Million-Dollar Properties, $1 Deals

Parcels of city land—often valued at millions of dollars—have been awarded to politically connected developers, some for pennies on the dollar. Since 2008, D.C. lawmakers have approved 20 of these land deals, at a loss of more than $200 million in city assets.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Major Campaign Donors Score Hefty City Subsidies

Construction cranes can be seen throughout the District. Less visible are the symbiotic relationships between land developers and city officials awarding tax breaks and discounted land deals. WAMU investigates.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

McDonnell Amends Two-Tier Tax System In Virginia Transportation Bill

After objections were raised about the constitutionality of certain provisions in the Virginia transportation funding bill, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has offered several dozen amendments.

Budget Cuts Threaten To Shut Down Six Area Airport Control Towers

Unless House lawmakers vote to restore funds cut due to sequestration, many local air craft controllers will be facing layoffs.

Opponents, Advocates Of Same-Sex Marriage Descend On Supreme Court

There was a flurry of activity today at the Supreme Court, as they hear arguments on Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that bans same-sex marriage in the state.

Slow Pace Of Immigration Reform Costs Arlington Family A Father

The slow pace of compromise on Capitol Hill on comprehensive immigration reform has frustrated observers, but it's proved acutely devastating for families like the De Leons of Arlington.

How Arlington Is Avoiding D.C.'s Traffic Nightmare

Despite explosive economic and population growth in Arlington, Va., after the last couple decades, the county's multifaceted effort to curb traffic appears to be working on many area roadways.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Accomack County Experiences Another Suspicious Fire

Investigators in Accomack County are working to determine whether the latest fire in the area is the result of arson.

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