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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Maryland Public Service Commission Tells Utilities To Toughen Up

Officials in Maryland are urging power companies in the state to improve resiliency in their infrastructure to prevent widespread outages like those seen during the 2012 derecho storm.

Analysis: As Sequester Looms, Untangling The Web Of Federal Furloughs

The automatic federal budget cuts are expected to be messy, but as Tom Shoop of Government Executive explains, it becomes more complicated when the agency in charge of furlough appeals is itself subject to cuts.

Virginia To Crack Down On Texting While Driving

Fiddling with your phone may soon get you pulled over in Virginia, if legislation is approved by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Analysis: Sen. Warner Pushes School Safety Measures

Congress is tackling gun control legislation this week, and Sen. Mark Warner is using the opportunity to call for school safety measures.

What Your Vote Could Mean For District Autonomy

In April, District voters will decide on a ballot question that could radically reshape the way the District of Columbia spends locally-raised tax revenues.

Military Releases Documents On Bradley Manning Case

Following pressure from media organizations, the military has released 84 court documents related to the trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of releasing classified materials to the Wikileaks website.

Transportation Compromise Offers Reprieve For Dulles Toll Road Drivers

Much of the press on the deal struck by Virginia's General Assembly this passed weekend focused on the restructuring of the gas tax, but it also offers a reprieve for commuters to and from Dulles.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Obama Visits Newport News To Talk Sequestration

President Obama highlighted the impact of pending budget cuts on the state's defense industry at Newport News, where looming furlough would effect the area

Smoking Ban Extended Inside Orioles, Ravens Stadiums

Baltimore sports fans will subjected to the smell of smoke no longer, as Maryland officials have banned smoking inside the stadiums of both the Ravens and the Orioles.

Fairfax Homeless Population Subject Of Vulnerability Study

Volunteers are taking to the streets in Fairfax County this week to conduct surveys of the area's homeless populations with the hope of ultimately providing housing.

Disputes Expected Before Virginia Takes Over Failing Schools

The Virginia General Assembly has already passed legislation clearing the way for underperforming schools to be administered by the state, but some say legal challenges are inevitable.

Orange Line Delayed Through Rush Hour

Unexpected track work at the West Falls Church station on the Orange Line means that commuters in and out of Virginia will face longer travel times.

Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss Charges Against Bradley Manning

The pretrial hearing of Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking state secrets to the Wikileaks website, resumed Tuesday with the military judge concluding that most of the pretrial delays were justified.

Prince George's Police Reveal Details About Murder Of Marckel Ross

The identity of the Travon Bennett, accused of killing an 18-year-old Central High School student last September, was revealed Monday, along with his alleged motive.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers: Budget Cuts Mean Fewer Flights, Longer Lines

The airport experience is about to get more aggravating, if Congress does not avoid automatic spending cuts that would slash the budget for the FAA workforce.