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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

More Reports Of Nepotism, No-Bid Contracts At MWAA

More than 10 percent of Metropolitan Airports Authority employees are related to someone else that works there, and more information has come out about no-bid contracts at the agency.

Lawyers For Virginia Death Row Inmate Ask SCOTUS For Stay

Attorneys for an inmate scheduled to be executed tonight in Virginia are asking the Supreme Court to stay his execution and order a mental health evaluation.

Virginia Democrat Proposes Gas Tax Increase

State Senate Democrats in Virginia have proposed an alternative to Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to do away with the gas tax and instead raise the sales tax; Democrats' proposal would increase the gas tax by 10 cents during the next two years.

Virginia Business Leaders Split On Uranium Mining

Business leaders in Virginia are largely split on whether the state should lift a ban on uranium mining, according to a new report released by a state task force. Allowing uranium mining in Pittsylvania County is expected to be the subject of much debate in the General Assembly this year.

D.C. Plans Expanded Bikeshare, Other Bike Parking For Inauguration

Bicycling may be the best way to get to D.C.'s inaugural events on Monday, and city officials are preparing to accommodate thousands of bikes that will need to be parked downtown.

Delays On Metro's Red Line Due To Switch Problem

There are significant delays on Metro's Red Line this morning due to a switch problem outside Judiciary Square. Trains are single tracking between Farragut North and Judiciary Square. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Analysis: Sandy Relief Funds May Find Their Way To Eastern Shore

Some have been surprised at the resistance to passing relief funds for areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. As The Hill's Alex Bolton reports, funds may yet find their way to areas hit by the storm.

Presidential Limo To Use 'Taxation Without Representation' Plates

After calls from District officials and a petition from D.C. voting rights activists, President Barack Obama has agreed to put D.C.'s "Taxation Without Representation" plates on the presidential limo.

Doctors Weigh Impact of Inaugural Crowds On Flu Outbreak

With hundreds of thousands of people poised to descend on the District for next week's inauguration festivities, D.C. health officials consider the potential impact on the flu outbreak.

Train Derailed At New Carrollton Railyard Saturday, Metro Confirms

Metro confirmed late Tuesday that a train derailed early Saturday morning at the New Carrollton rail yard, though estimates of damages were not forthcoming.

Virginia Senate Panel Deadlocked On Restoring Rights To Convicts

A proposal to restore civil rights to non-violent felons in Virginia continues to hit roadblocks, after a Senate committee declined to endorse the plan.

Bethesda Speed Camera Not Moving Despite Court Ruling

A Montgomery County judge tossed out one resident's speed ticket after he challenged its placement, but despite that ruling, there are no plans to move the offending camera.

Doug Gansler Boasts $5.2M In Campaign Funds In Md. Governor Bid

Maryland's attorney general Doug Gansler has already raised $5.2 million for a potential run for the office of governor in 2014.

'Intense' Metro Track Work Forecasted For Next Four Years

Track work on the Metro has come to feel almost normal, especially on the weekends, but for those who thought it was a temporary inconvenience, they may be disappointed.

New Internal Watchdog Appointed To MWAA

A new, temporary accountability officer has been appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.