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Monday, July 9, 2012

D.C. Council To Vote On Capital Gains Tax Breaks

D.C. Council votes on a bill Tuesday that would offer tax breaks and assistance to local start-ups like LivingSocial to stay in District.

Repairs May Close Monument Until 2014

The Washington Monument may be closed until 2014, due to repairs needed from the damage caused during last summer's earthquake.

D.C. Activists Push For Campaign Finance Reform

A group of activists cleared a major hurdle in campaign finance reform, but more work still needs to be done.

Gray Donor Pleads Guilty To Conducting 'Shadow Campaign'

New details are emerging in the hearing for PR executive Eugenia Harris, who has been charged with making straw contributions to candidates, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and participating as well in a "shadow campaign."

Frustration With Pepco Continues In Montgomery County

The president of the Montgomery County Council is frustrated with Pepco and wants to create a county-owned utility company.

Analysis: Republicans Propose D.C. Abortion Bill; Thaddeus McCotter Resigns

Republicans seek to favor their political base with the proposal of a controversial abortion bill for the District. Meanwhile, over Congress's recess, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) resigned from office.

Metro's Heat-Related Speed Restrictions Suspended

Metro trains are running up to speed after a weekend of restrictions caused by the extreme heat. WMATA has also repaired a 1,000-foot section of track that buckled Friday in the heat.

Local Leaders Track Progress On Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

The region's top lawmakers will today assess their progress on cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay

Police Arrest Laurel Man In July Fourth Shooting

Police have made an arrest in the July Fourth shooting that killed one and seriously injured three others.

D.C. Hopes To Lure Tech Investment With Capital Gains Tax Cut

D.C. is thinking of giving tax breaks to people who invest in local tech firms, but some advocates are questioning whether wealthy investors really need the incentives.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 9

A discussion for those who "don't get it" and the art of cooling down.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Nation's Governors Meet In Virginia This Week

Virginia will host the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting this week.

FEMA To Monitor Nuclear Drills At Virginia Plant

Virginia emergency personnel and Dominion will respond to a simulated nuclear emergency this week at the North Anna Power Station.

Farm Business For War Veteran Grows

The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans is 95 percent, but one former Marine is bucking the trend and experiencing a booming business.

Low Mortgage Rates Prompt D.C. Area Home Sales

Home sales are up in the D.C. Metro area due to record-low mortgage rates.