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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Despite Snowquester, Waterfront-Based Nonprofit Keeps Working

A Virginia nonprofit organization based out of a Potomac River boathouse continued working to help troubled teens Wednesday despite anticipation of a winter storm.

White House Cancels Tours Due To Budget Cuts

Sequester cuts have reportedly claimed their latest victim, as tours of the White House have been pushed aside due to staff reductions.

Reps. Edwards, Rahall Question LaHood's Support Of MWAA Leadership

Two prominent area members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have publicly called into question Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's continued support of embattled MWAA leaders.

Alexandria Planning Commission Approves Waterfront Rezoning

By a unanimous vote, Alexandria city leaders approved a measure that will allow for the development of high-density properties along the waterfront.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Live Blog: Winter Storm Warning Downgraded For The Region, Advisory In Effect Until 9 p.m.

Get the latest snow updates on our liveblog, alongside weather radar, traffic, photos, travel alerts and tweets from around the D.C. region.

Maryland Senate Passes Death Penalty Repeal

A bill abolishing capital punishment in Maryland has passed the state Senate Wednesday by a vote of 27-20, after surviving heated debate and attempts to amend the legislation.

'Snowquester' Bears Down As Winter Watch Upgraded West Of D.C.

A winter storm is bearing down on the D.C. region, which forecasts say will drop more snow than the D.C. region has seen all winter combined.

O'Malley Unveils Gas Tax Plan Resembling Virginia's

Maryland's governor revealed his transportation funding plan on Monday, which would include a 4 percent sales tax on the wholesale price of gasoline.

Vote Expected Tonight On Alexandria Waterfront Plan

The Alexandria Planning Commission is expected to pass a zoning change tonight that would open the way for the development of a 120-room hotel on the city's waterfront.

Students Rally In D.C. Against More Police In Schools

The tragic shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary has some on Capitol Hill thinking about putting more armed police in schools, but a group of young people rallied against the idea this week, saying to keep guns out of schools.

Why It May Soon Become Harder To Park In Some D.C. Neighborhoods

A proposal is in the works that would lift minimum parking space requirements for new developments in transit-rich areas, which some worry could lead to parking shortages.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Maryland To Increase Health Coverage Through New Methods

Maryland health officials are planning to reach uninsured people who don't speak English fluently through new advertising and social media.

Cyber Security Remains Top Goal For D.C. Governments

D.C. officials received internal recommendation last year to provide cyber-security training for city employees, but a year later that goal has not been met.

Analysis: Lawmakers Focus On March 27 Spending Bill Deadline

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what strategies are being taken to come to an agreement on the sequester cuts.

Winter Storm Watch In Effect For Tuesday Night, Wednesday

This winter has been largely snow-free so far with less than one and a half inches accumulating in the District, but that could change as a storm rolls in on Tuesday night.