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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Disaster Relief Teams Help Snowy Northeast

Local disaster relief teams are galvanizing their efforts in the Northeast.

Cardin Doesn't Expect Sequestration Deal By March 1

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin gave federal workers a bit of advice in dealing with the potential sequestration.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Maryland Fishermen Say New Regulations Would Cripple Industry

New federal regulations intended to protect the vulnerable dusky shark would essentially put an end to commercial shark fishing, according to local fishermen.

Red, Orange Lines To See Weekend Delays

Metro's track work plans this weekend are lighter than usual, with modest delays caused by single tracking on the Red and Orange Lines.

Tens Of Thousands Of Pepco Customers Without Power

A downed tree has knocked out power for nearly 50,000 Pepco customers on Friday afternoon, leaving the utility scrambling to restore service.

Cuccinelli's New Book Targets Obama Administration, Social Programs

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's new book coming out next week has some harsh words for the Obama administration, and may ruffle some feathers on the other side of the aisle.

Analysis: Effort For Virginia's Restricting Weakens, Gray Mentions Affordable Housing In District Address

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the highlights of Mayor Vincent Gray's District Address.

Maryland Fracking Opponents Want 18-Month Moratorium

Openings of fracking in Maryland are calling for an 180-month moratorium on the natural gas drilling method until economic and environmental impact analyses can be completed. 

Parts Of Virginia Makes List Of Endangered Regions

The Southern Environmental Law Center is out with its list of top 10 endangered places in this region, and three parts of Virginia are on the list.

As Bay's Health Improves, Fishermen Wait For Easing Of Harvest Limits

Chesapeake Bay experts saw improvement in the bay's health last year. Many fishermen that work the bay saw that same improvement firsthand, leading them to question some of the restrictive fishing limits set by state officials.

Republicans Push To Cut Federal Workforce

In order to avoid steep budget cuts from hitting the government next month, Republicans lawmakers want to cut the size of the federal workforce.

CM Graham Violated Code Of Conduct, Ethics Board Finds

An ethics panel in D.C. has found evidence that Council member Jim Graham violated the code of conduct applying to public officials, but it will not pursue the case because it has no authority to punish him. 

D.C. Area Sees Mostly Rain, While Blizzard Targets Northeast

As a storm gears up to dump feet of snow on a large swath of the Northeast and New England, the only effects felt so far in the D.C. area, outside of some rain, are delays for those travelling to affected areas.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Transportation Priorities Trump Funding, McDonnell Critics Say

While the diminishing prospects for a compromise on transportation funding in Virginia has captured headlines, smart growth advocates say funding alternatives to highways should be the real priority.

Maryland Senators Spike The Football On Ravens Super Bowl Win

Maryland senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski cashed in their Super Bowl bet on Thursday, sampling California fare courtesy of Sens. Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.