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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Repair To Baltimore's Broken Water Main To Last 3 Weeks

A large water main break in downtown Baltimore will take almost a month and roughy 700 feet of new pipe to fix, according to city officials.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Analysis: Cheney Lobbies Senate GOP To Oppose Defense Cuts

Despite speculation that automatic cuts to defense spending won't be addressed until after the November election, big guns like former VP Dick Cheney have been lobbying Congress. Alex Bolton of The Hill addresses shifting tides.

Alexandria Waterfront Hotel Proposal Pushed Despite Zoning Limbo

Alexandria's zoning laws remained mired in legal limbo, but that hasn't stopped one developer from proposing a hotel along the waterfront that exceeds current limits on density.

'No Conclusion' Yet On Maryland Gaming

Maryland's leadership says they have reached "no conclusion" in pursuit of a consensus on a special session for an expansion of gaming in the state.

Website Tracks Cuccinelli After He Refuses To Certify Abortion Regulations

Ken Cuccinelli is being tracked on a website run by abortion rights activists, after Virginia's attorney general refused to certify clinic regulations passed by the state Board of Health.

Virginia Constitutional Amendment Proposed To Restrict Eminent Domain

Property rights advocates in Virginia are pushing for a constitutional amendment that would restrict eminent domain in the state by adding a provision to the commonwealth's Bill of Rights.

Silver Line Construction Reaches Milestone

Workers are dropping in the last span into place that will carry the Silver Line over the Capital Beltway on its way to business centers in Tyson's Corner, a milestone in construction.

Police Seek Witnesses For Columbia Pike Road Fatality

Arlington County Police have released a disturbing video depicting several pedestrians walking past the prone body of the victim of a traffic accident near Four Mile Run Dr., and are asking for witnesses.

D.C. Area Besieged By High Heat

Temperatures didn't quite soar to the record-breaking heights of earlier in the summer, but it does promise to be prohibitively hot in the D.C. area through Wednesday night.

'Beater Boards' Are Back: Ocean City Changes Decades-Old Law

Ocean City lawmakers removed a decades-old ban on "beater boards," a longer version of a body board that's been enjoying a resurgence in popularity during the past few years.  

Virginia Takes A 'Wait-And-See' Approach To Health Care Act

The debate over federal health care reform continues in Virginia, as the commonwealth prepares to let the federal government take the lead in setting up a statewide health care exchange.

D.C. Lobbying Disclosures Of Limited Use To Watchdogs

D.C. has released their latest lobbying report, tracking the activities of Wilson Building power brokers. Watchdogs contend that the lists are of limited use because they are released only after the fact.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Small Plane Crashes In Montgomery County

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue reports that one person was killed and another suffered life-threatening injuries in a small plane crash near Davis Airport.

Analysis: Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Milestones Are A Mixed Bag

Cleanup efforts on the Chesapeake Bay have been underway for two years now, and as Beth McGee, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, explains, the progress towards the 2025 goal has come in fits and starts.

Lawmakers Talk Federal Safety Standards For Metro

Local lawmakers and transportation officials on Monday discussed the federal safety standards called for in the transportation bill signed into law this month.