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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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.

Washington Post To Start Charging Frequent Web Readers

The newspaper of record in Washington D.C. will soon adopt what is known as a "metered digital subscription model" — hoping to generate revenue from frequent visitors to its website.

Maryland House Committee Tweaks O'Malley's Gas Tax Plan

The effort to add hundreds of millions of dollars to Maryland's transportation budget through a hike in the wholesale price of gas is moving on the floor of the state House.

Former Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann To Speak At Summit On Child Sex Abuse

A two-day conference in Washington D.C. called Safe To Compete will focus on how to prevent the sexual abuse of child athletes of the sort brought to light in the Jerry Sandusky trial.

Commuters May Finally Be Able To Catch An S Line Bus

Riders on the S bus line in Northwest D.C. have long complained of lines, crowded conditions and delays. After a groundswell of commuter complaints, Metro says they will add service Monday.

In D.C., Three Minimum Wage Jobs Needed To Afford Two-Bedroom Apartment

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Minimum-wage earners in D.C., Maryland and Virginia need to work three full-time jobs in order fair market rent on a two bedroom apartment, according to a study, amongst the highest in the nation.