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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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.

Immigrant Advocates Will Gather At Casa To Hear Obama's Speech

Maryland immigrant advocates will gather at the offices of nonprofit Casa de Maryland to listen and craft a response to President Obama's immigration reform proposal, set to be unveiled this afternoon.

Virginia Primary Bill Passes State Senate

A bill to make it easier for presidential candidates to get on Virginia's primary ballot has passed in the state senate; now, it moves on to the state house.

Man Brings Rifle Into Grocery Store In Gun Rights Demonstration

Some Charlottesville grocery shoppers had a scare Sunday evening when a man carrying a loaded semi-automatic rifle entered a Kroger. Police detained the man but didn't make an arrest because he wasn't technically breaking any state law.

Bill Reversing Virginia Abortion Ultrasound Policy Fails

A Virginia Senate subcommittee rapidly dismissed a bill yesterday that would have reversed the state's law requiring an ultrasound before an abortion.

Virginia Shies Away From Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax

Virginia is gearing up for a public policy battle over how to fund the state's transportation infrastructure, but one progressive tax — the vehicle miles traveled scheme — isn't on the table as part of the budget plan.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Lawmakers Lay Groundwork For Acquiring Dulles Greenway

Facing ever-increasing tolls on the 14-mile stretch of the Dulles Greenway, Virginia legislators may vote this week on a provision that would allow them to acquire the struggling toll road.