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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Virginia Senate Passes Heavily-Amended Transportation Funding Bill

The Virginia State Senate reinstated the state gas tax in an amended transportation funding plan passed Wednesday, setting up high-level negotiations on the issue in the coming weeks.

Virginia Union Membership Nearing 30-Year Lows

Union membership in Virginia continued its decades-long decline, tracking, but well below, union membership nationwide.

Analysis: State Of The Union Signals For Federal Workforce

The State of the Union address and the Republican response sent strong signals about the major parties' stance on government spending and sequester cuts, as Government Executive's Tom Shoop explains.

Episcopal Churches Bring 'Ashes To Go' To Commuters

Many observant Christians are just too busy with work to go to church on Ash Wednesday, so the church went to them Wednesday morning with a program they're calling "Ashes To Go."

Virginia Senate Panel Rewrites Governor's Transportation Plan

Things still aren't looking good for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed transportation plan; a Senate committee rewrote the proposal this week into a version that is unlikely to pass muter in the House.

UMD Holds Vigil For Slain Students

Maryland students and others in the UMD and College Park communities gathered on campus for a service and a candlelight vigil in the wake of a murder suicide killed two and left another student injured.

Person Struck, Killed By Metro Train At Gallery Place

Metro is experiencing delays on the Green and Yellow lines this morning after a person was struck and killed by a train at the Gallery Place/Chinatown station. Trains are single tracking between L'Enfant Plaza and Mt. Vernon Square.

Cuccinelli's Book Front And Center In Virginia Governor's Race

The 2013 campaign for governor in Virginia is already ramping up, and it's likely to get more heated this week after the release of Republican candidate and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's new book.

Area Lawmakers' Reactions To SOTU Fall Along Party Lines

D.C. area Democrats lauded the jobs plan President Obama outlined in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, while Republicans questioned how it will be paid for.

Major Delays On New York Avenue Due To Accident Investigation

Westbound New York Avenue is closed this morning at West Virginia and Montana avenues NE due to an accident investigation. 

Virginia Tech Shooting Victims' Families Attend State Of The Union

Families of two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting were among those victims of gun violence invited to attend the State of the Union address last night as guests of area lawmakers. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Analysis: Local Lawmakers Weigh In On Proposed Federal Pay Increase

President Obama has proposed a 1 percent increase in pay for federal workers, and Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper says local lawmakers are already describing the proposal as skimpy.

Virginia House Votes To Protect Concealed Handgun Permit Holders

The Virginia House of Delegates voted to protect the identities of concealed-carry permit holders on Tuesday, an amendment that still has to pass the state senate.

Large Numbers Of Students Entering, Exiting DCPS

A larger-than-expected number of students are moving in and out of, rather than between, DCPS schools, according to a new report.

Smoking Ban Passes In Montgomery County

An expansion of the smoking ban to all Montgomery County-owned properties passed without much fanfare.