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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fairfax County Weighs $2.3B Plan For Tysons Corner Roads

tysons corner, va.

A massive expansion of development at Tysons Corner in Fairfax County is going to require a lot of investment in transportation infrastructure — but who's going to pay for it? 

Virginia Laws For Police Decertification May See Stricter Enforcement

Virginia law allows for the decertification of police officers for being convicted of crimes of for failing to meet certain criteria, but a state commission is considering pushing for those laws to be enforced more often.

Virginia GOP Cuts Ties With Voter Registration Vendor

A Virginia-based company is facing allegations of submitting questionable voter registrations in Florida, and now Republicans in the Commonwealth are quickly severing ties.

Preservation League Seeks To Landmark Corcoran's Interior

Preservationists are requesting that the inside of the Corcoran Gallery of Art be deemed a local historic landmark in order to prevent major changes from being made the 1897 structure's interior in the event it is sold. 

American University On Alert After Four Fondling Complaints In A Week

Four female students at American University were the victims of sexual assaults along a stretch of Massachusetts Ave NW near the school's campus in the last week.

Protesters Call For More Renewable Energy At Dominion HQ

Protesters are demonstrating outside of electric utility Dominion Virginia's corporate headquarters in Richmond all week to call attention to what they say is the company's inadequate record on renewable energy.

Maryland Board Recommends State Debt Limit Increase

A Maryland fiscal advisory board is recommending that the state increase its debt limit by $125 million, which would bring the total debt limit up above $925 million. 

Nationals Clinch National League East Title

The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East Division title last night despite a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Their postseason position still depends on their next two games.

Council Supports Referendum On D.C. Budget Autonomy

All 12 D.C. Council members signed on to an amendment to the D.C. Charter offered by chair Phil Mendelson that may offer a path to budget autonomy by referendum, circumventing the congressional process.

Cyclists Push For Completion Of Metropolitan Branch Trail

D.C. bicycling advocates are calling for action on making the Metropolitan Branch Trail off-street all the way from Union Station to Silver Spring. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

NSF Warns That State Cuts Hurt Education, Research

With budgets shrinking and enrollments on the rise, schools in states like Virginia are offering a diminished education experience to their students and risk a drop-off in the quality of research.

Montgomery County Council President Not Sweating Sequestration

Maryland's state house in Annapolis

If Congress doesn't act to avert sequestration cuts by next year, the impact on the D.C. area could be huge. Montgomery County's Roger Berliner believes Maryland's growth will keep it afloat regardless.

More Information About Retirement Plans Offered To D.C. Employees

Following reports that retirement funds for D.C. employees were inproperly accounted for, the District government says they are working to improve transparency.

Berliner Likens Potential Pepco Strike To NFL's Replacement Refs

Members of Pepco's workers union are not yet on strike after rejecting a contract offer from the utility last week, and Montgomery County's Roger Berliner is hopeful that management won't have to step in as replacements.

Mendelson Praises LivingSocial For Backstopping Nats' Metro Tab

national stadium

The D.C. Council Chairman praised LivingSocial for stepping in putting up a deposit that will ensure that Nationals fans get late-night Metro service during the team's first playoff appearance.

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