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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Exxon Mobil Leaving Fairfax For Houston

By 2014, energy giant Exxon Mobil will be moving their Fairfax campus to a new facility in Houston, Tex., moving more than 2,000 jobs out of the county.

Traffic, Crowds Expected At New Casino Opening

The Maryland Live! casino in Anne Arundel County opens Wednesday night, and crowds and traffic are expected to snarl would-be gamblers through the weekend, at least.

Analysis: Reforming The Hatch Act For D.C., Modern Times

The 1939 Hatch Act prohibiting federal employees from using their jobs to partisan ends could never have anticipated modern communication.  GovExec's Kellie Lunney discusses the prospects and bounds of reform.

Technology And Internet Hold Key To Energy Efficiency, Report Says

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is advocating for energy companies and governments to think about "intelligent efficiency" to help achieve greater energy savings. 

ACLU Questioning Background Checks Of Leopold Enemies

Records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show that Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold ordered the criminal histories of his enemies to be checked. 

Fire Displaces Residents In Suitland Apartment Complex

A fire 'leap-frogged' from one apartment to others in the Andrews Ridge apartments early Wednesday. Several apartments were gutted, but no one was seriously injured.

Pro-Labor Agreement Dropped From Dulles Rail Plan

Airports authority board members voted against a pro-labor agreement for the construction of the next phase of the Dulles rail line this morning.

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown Charged With Bank Fraud

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is likely to plead guilty to federal fraud charges filed Wednesday. Sources say he may officially resign before the end of the week.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Analysis: Farm Bill Touches Food Stamps, Chesapeake Cleanup

While it wouldn't seem like an agricultural authorization bill would have a lot to do with the D.C. area, the one being considered in Congress right now has ramifications both for Chesapeake cleanup and for Food Stamp recipients.

Sen. Mikulski Undeterred By Paycheck Fairness Act Defeat

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have instituted new rules to ease the gap in salaries between men and women, was shot down in the Senate Tuesday, over the objections of area lawmakers like Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Paper Ballots To Delay Alexandria Election Results

The vote tallies in next week's Democratic primary in Alexandria will be slightly delayed, both by the introduction of paper ballots and more rigorous vote-counting procedures.

D.C. Council Gives Final Approval To $9.4B Budget

The D.C. Council gave its final seal of approval to a $9.4 billion budget plan Tuesday that, amongst other things, approves extended bar hours and new traffic cameras.

Big Radio Upgrade Debuted For Maryland First Responders

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is debuting a new and improved digital emergency radio communications system for the state's first responders Tuesday.

Virginia Senate, Congressional Primaries Slated For Next Week

Virginia will hold primaries next week in advance of this year's Congressional and Senate elections. While voters in uncontested districts can weigh in on Tim Kaine's opponent, voters in contested districts have to make a choice.

Occupy DC Protesters, Police Clash Over Eviction

Occupy DC protesters who have been occupying a foreclosed home in Northeast D.C. to protest the U.S. banking system tussled this morning U.S. marshals as the marshals forcibly removed some of them from the property.

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