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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Part 4: Morale Of Federal Workers Fluctuates As Cuts Loom

Federal employees have expressed frustration at the prospect of doing their jobs on diminished budgets, but workers are not uniformly opposed to looming federal cuts, and some even welcome the debate.

Fairfax County Approves Streetcar Line Along Columbia Pike Corridor

A week after Arlington approved the project, Fairfax county approves the streetcar line that will extend between the two counties in a 7 to 2 vote.

Poll: Pepco's Storm Recovery Fell Short

Pepco customers polled by the Washington Post say the company did a poor job of restoring power after the June "derecho" storm, but most of them aren't willing to cover the total cost of burying power lines.  

With New Women's Health Care Provision In Effect, Clinics Free Up Resources

Preventive related services for women are now accessible to the insured without a co-pay, thanks to a major provision under the Affordable Care Act, which frees of funds for area clinics to expand services.

McDonnell Keeps Focus On Education Despite 'No Child' Waiver

Virginia's governor is urging the state's educators to continue to strive for higher student achievement, even though the federal government has granted the state a waiver to No Child Left Behind mandates. 

Olympics Fans Weigh Unplugging From Social Media To Avoid Spoilers

The pervasiveness of social media has made it harder for people to avoid hearing about Olympic games results before they air on television. 

Lawmakers Reach Deal To Fund Government Into 2013

Congress has reached an agreement on a temporary funding bill that would continue to fund the government past the November election and maybe even into 2013.

Catoctin Zoo Defends Record In The Face Of Complaint

Officials at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve are eschewing complaints from one zoo goer that the zoo is no properly caring for its animals. 

Part 3: In Presidential Race, Both Sides Woo Federal Workers

Federal workers are expected to play a big role in deciding swing state Virginia in November's elections. But while many assume Republican rhetoric about smaller government would sway them toward the left, it's not that simple.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Analysis: Congress Approves Spending Extension To Tackle 'Fiscal Cliff' Later

Congress announced a deal Tuesday that would avert government shutdown in October. As The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, they're trying to clear the issue off the docket for the lame duck session so they have more time to address tax cuts and sequestration.

D.C. Abortion Bill Defeated In U.S. House

A Congressional bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in D.C. was defeated in the U.S. House, a development which was cheered by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Nortion.

Michigan Minister Tapped As Dean Of National Cathedral

A new dean was nominated for the Washington National Cathedral. He was selected in part for his background in the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Democrats All Smiles As Women's Health Care Provisions Kick In

Area Democrats are ecstatic as provisions of the Affordable Care Act take effect Wednesday that will provide preventative health services to women at no cost to those covered by most insurance plans.

Virginia HOV Expansion Begins Next Month On I-95

An expansion that will add more than 29 miles of HOV lanes through Fairfax County is expected to begin next month, according to Virginia transportation officials.

Judge Strikes Down Virginia Resident Requirement For Petitions

A judge found Tuesday that Virginia's law restricting the circulation of ballot petitions to residents of the commonwealth are a burden on freedom of speech and thus struck it down.

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