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Friday, February 1, 2013

Plastic Bag Tax In Montgomery County Not Stopping Shoppers

Montgomery County assumed that imposing a tax would curb the use of plastic bags amongst shoppers, but the data so far doesn't appear to bear out that trend.

Analysis: D.C. Lawmakers Debate Future Of City's Surplus

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney discusses D.C. lawmakers' dispute over the city's $417 million surplus.

John Leopold Resigns As Anne Arundel Co. Exec

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold, found guilty earlier this week of misconduct for his misuse of his security detail, has formally tendered his resignation.

Analysis: Action Pending On Violence Against Women Act

The Senate is preparing to move on a Violence Against Women bill after a long stalemate; David Hawking of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing talks about what has finally gotten the bill over the hump toward passage.

Virginia Evaluate Cost Of Dulles Greenway Toll

Virginia officials are looking into whether the tolls on the Dulles Greenway toll are too high.

Weekend Track Work: Buses To Replace Trains On Blue, Orange Lines

Metro track work might be slightly more arduous than usual this weekend, as shuttle buses will take the place of trains between long stretches on both the Orange and Blue Lines.

D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi Resigns

The D.C. Chief Financial Officer will resign effective in June. Natwar Gandhi has served as the city's CFO for 15 years, but has come under fire in recent months for internal controls within his office and questions surrounding the D.C. lottery contract.

Chesapeake Bay Showed 'Resilience' Last Year, Experts Say

Chesapeake Bay scientists have seen some significant improvements in the health of the bay during the past year, although, as usual, they note that there is still a long way to go.

Virginia House Approves 'Tebow Bill'

The "Tebow Bill," which would allow home-schooled students to play sports at their local public schools, passed the Virginia House of Delegates yesterday;  it now moves on to the state senate.

Letters

This week, listeners sound off on the role of women in science and the potential impact of curbside composting programs.

Maryland Senators Sign Letter Opposing Seismic Testing In Atlantic

Maryland's senators joined a group of lawmakers voicing opposition to seismic testing for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean.

D.C., Maryland Schools Fall Behind In 'Race To The Top'

D.C. and Maryland are lagging behind many of the other states selected to participate in the federal government's "Race to the Top" grant program. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tweaks Made To Smoking Ban In Montgomery County

Lawmakers in Montgomery County have tweaked the proposed smoking ban on county-owned properties, removing golf courses and adding bus shelters and bus stops.

D.C. Tax Refunds Subject To Garnishment For Fines

Don't pay your parking tickets in D.C.? The District will soon begin to take fines owed for speeding, parking or red light violations straight out of peoples' tax refunds.

Huntington Residents Spared Flooding, Calls For Floodwall No Less Urgent

The low-lying Huntington neighborhood was spared the effects of flooding that have afflicted Maryland since Wednesday night, which has residents calling all the more urgently for the floodwall that was approved.

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