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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Maryland House Moves Gas Tax Forward, Caps Yearly Increases

A proposal to fund Maryland transportation projects like the Purple Line through increases in the gas tax has garnered approval in the state House of Delegates.

State Convention Puts Virginia Republicans At Odds With RNC

The move by Republicans in Virginia to replace the statewide primary with a closed convention may have benefitted the prospects of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for governor, but it goes against the policies of the national party.

With A Few Tweaks, Commission Agrees To June 1 Deadline For Credit Cards In Cabs

The D.C. Taxicab Commission revised a proposal Wednesday that will compensate cab drivers for the costs associated with the installation and maintenance of credit card systems.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Maryland Senate Votes To Ban Smoking In Cars With Kids

For the second year in a row, the Maryland Senate has passed a ban on smoking in vehicles with children eight years or younger, and it now moves to the state House.

How Long Is The Average Commute? An Interactive Map Of The D.C. Metro Region

We all know commuting to and from D.C. is a chore, but thanks to Census data, you can now compare the average commute in your neighborhood to other zip codes in the D.C. area.

Analysis: Federal Budget Plans And The Government Workforce

One of the major sticking points between the House and Senate budget proposals is cuts to the federal workforce. Kellie Lunney breaks down the differences.

McDonnell Signs Bill Easing Standard For Challenging Wrongful Convictions

A bill was passed this legislative session that supporters say would make it easier for the wrongfully convicted to bring challenges to light.

Spring Or No Spring, Cherry Blossoms Still Weeks Away

The National Park Service has revised their expected peak bloom dates for the region's iconic cherry blossoms, due in large part to the cold weather this March.

Will Richmond Highway Get State Transportation Funding?

Millions in funds are up for grabs once Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signs a state transportation bill, and Fairfax County official are hopeful they can get enough to address congestion problems near Fort Belvoir.

ASCE Rates 99 Percent Of D.C. Roads Mediocre Or Poor

Yearly funding gaps continue to leave key areas of the D.C. region's infrastructure under-maintained, including area roadways, but a new assessment has found it very modestly improved over last year.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Parents Of Sterling Teen Forgive Neighbor For Fatal Shooting

The parents of a teen killed earlier this week after mistakenly entering the house of a neighbor in Sterling, Va. say they forgive the man who shot their son.

Cold Weather Pushes Back Cherry Blossom Peak

The National Park Service has pushed back their prediction for the big cherry blossom bloom by a week, citing the cold weather in March.

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes Maryland Senate

Legislation eliminating jail time and reducing fines for small amounts of marijuana has passed the Maryland Senate and now moves on to the state House, where its expected to meet more resistance.

More Problems With Silver Spring Transit Center

Improperly-poured concrete by contractor Foulger-Pratt has set back the opening of the Silver Spring Transit Center even further back than previously thought.

Water Main Break Leads To Closures, Restrictions In Maryland

A break in a 54-inch water main in Chevy Chase, Md., propelled a geyser more than 30 feet high, shutting down a stretch of Connecticut Avenue.