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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rural Lawmakers Balk At Share-The-Road Laws

A law that would increase the bicycle passing distance in Virginia from 2 to 3 feet is widely praised by cycling safety advocates, but lawmakers in rural districts say it makes for an impossible situation on their narrow roads.

Analysis: Agencies, Contractors Ramp Up Planning For Sequester

Federal agencies and contractors alike are intensifying preparations for a possible sequester, a huge swath of budget cuts that could go into effect at the end of February. Government Executive's Tom Shoop outlines the latest.  

Va. Student Wins Appeal On Full-Body Scans In Airports

The TSA will remove full-body scanners from airports by this summer — a reprieve for one Virginia man who was arrested after protesting the practice.

Kennedy Center To Build $100M Expansion

The Kennedy Center will pursue a $100 million expansion, center leaders announced this week. The move will provide more rehearsal space, a memorial garden and an outdoor stage on the Potomac.

Bill To Allow Two-Term Governors In Virginia Goes To House

The Virginia State Senate approved a Constitutional amendment this week that would allow governors to serve two consecutive terms, but the bill may not gain such favor in the House.

McDonnell's Transportation Plan Goes Before House Committee

The Virginia legislature will begin debate today on a plan from Gov. Bob McDonnell to overhaul transportation funding in the state. The plan could come before the full House and Senate next week. 

Major Delays On Beltway After Accident

Major crashes on both the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway are causing major rush hour delays on the east side of the D.C. region this morning.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DREAM Act Moves Forward In Virginia

Members of the Virginia House have voiced support for legislation that opens educational pathways for immigrants, and it now heads to the state house.

Analysis: Tackling Wage Disparity Between Sexes

One Maryland lawmaker is putting her foot down when it comes to the wage disparity between men and women in the United States.

Local Activists Encouraged By Obama's Words On Immigration

President Obama spoke Tuesday about the need for comprehensive immigration form — a call that was received well by a group of immigrants and advocates in Maryland.

McDonnell: Tolls On I-95 Are Necessary

Some Virginia lawmakers have voiced their opposition to a plan to add tollbooths to a stretch of I-95, but the governor says that, barring another funding source, the tolls are necessary,.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Stepping Down

Ray LaHood has announced he is leaving the Department of Transportation after four years in the Obama administration, leaving a legacy of toughness, collaboration on projects in the D.C. Metro region.

Mayor Gray Outlines Plans For D.C.'s $417M Budget Surplus

The District pulled in a $417 million budget surplus last year, which has prompted speculation about how lawmakers would handle the unexpected revenue.

State To Appoint New Emergency Management Chief For Garrett County

Maryland's governor is moving to replace the emergency management chief for Garrett County after a sluggish response to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in November.

Anne Arundel County Exec Found Guilty Of Misconduct

A judge has found Anne Arundel County executive John Leopold guilty of misusing his security detail.