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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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.

Efforts Underway To Restore American Chestnut Tree In Maryland

University of Maryland researchers are working to repopulate the tree known as the redwood of the east back to the western part of the state.

Man Fatally Shoots Himself At Waldorf Range

A 61-year-old Maryland man accidentally shot and killed himself at the St. Charles Sportsman's Club shooting range this weekend.

When Is Peak Season For Cherry Blossoms This Year?

Spring still seems a ways away with a snow storm bearing down on the D.C. area, but as the Park Service has announced, cherry blossom season isn't far off.

Pilot Program Puts D.C. Student Bus Passes In Giant Stores

Students in the District can purchase discounted rides to and from school at Giant food stores near the homes in a new joint venture between DCPS, DDOT and Giant Food.

D.C. Council Implored To Tackle Campaign Finance Reform

District Attorney General Irv Nathan is calling for changes to to election laws after years of scandal in the Wilson Building have yet to yield substantive reforms.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Local Lawmakers Scramble To Manage, Minimize Federal Cuts

Now that sequestration has gone into effect, local lawmakers are working to protect their personal budget priorities.

Obenshain's Concealed Handgun And Voter ID Bills May Become Hot Topics

Two laws sponsored by Virginia Sen. Mark Obenshain will likely received extra attention in the near future, as the senator's run for attorney general heats up.