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Friday, June 8, 2012

This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

This week we bring you a "Wild Cards" show, in which we cast aside our usual thematic approach and bring you stories that are all over the map.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kwame Brown Faces New Charge For Campaign Finance Violation

Embattled former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is also facing a misdemeanor charge related to his 2008 campaign, according to court documents filed this morning. 

Analysis: Kwame Brown's Resignation Leaves 'Leadership Vacuum'

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigns after bank fraud charge; now what? WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden talks about the latest in D.C. government scandals.

Redskins Move Preseason Training To Richmond

Loudoun County officials are reacting to news that the Washington Redskins will be moving their preseason training.

Dulles Rail: Virginia's In, Now What About Loudoun County?

The State of Virginia is reaffirming its commitment to Dulles Rail funding after airports authority officials removed a controversial pro-labor union provision from the project. 

Republicans Propose Offsetting Student Loans With Pension Contributions

D.C.-area Democrats are skewering a plan from House Republicans to balance low student loan interest with increased pension contributions from federal government worker. 

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown Resigns In Wake Of Bank Fraud Charge

A few hours after being charged with bank fraud, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown quietly tendered his resignation last night. He's due in court for a plea hearing Friday. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Delays Begin Soon For Baltimore Harbor Tunnel

The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel may not be the best bet for your vacation routes this summer, as construction through August promises to snag unwary travelers.

Fairfax Officials Favor Widening Route 1 In Place

After calls to widen Route 1 in Fairfax County to accomodate traffic from Fort Belvoir, delegates in the county are now backing a plan to widen in place, rather than route the road around historic property.

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.

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