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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 Named 'Year Of The Chesapeake Bay'

As part of an effort to continue momentum on Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, Maryland's governor has named this the Year Of the Chesapeake Bay.

Bike Advocates See U-Turn Enforcement As A Good Sign

The law barring U-turns across the bike lane on Pennsylvania Avenue has gone into effect, and DDOT officials were out in force warning drivers about the $100 fine that awaits offenders.

Tracking Tree Genes In Maryland Requires Helping Hands

Scientists are enlisting the help of the public to track genetic variations in Maryland's Balsam Poplar trees, to identify mutations that may help the trees weather climate change.

Gold Medal Gymnast Gabby Douglas Donating Items To Smithsonian

Olympic gymnast and Virginia Beach, Va., native Gabrielle Douglas is donating many personal effects to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Northern Virginia Has Lowest Jobless Rate In Commonwealth

Virginia's jobless rate is below the national average, but the commonwealth's Metropolitan suburbs boasts a jobless rate that is low even by those elevated standards.

O'Malley Outlines Successes, Priorities In State Of The State

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley urged lawmakers to pick up his legislative agenda on Wednesday in the State of the State address, though he didn't offer specifics in certain areas, like transportation.

Flooding Concerns Linger After Line Of Strong Storms

A tornado watch has come and gone for the greater D.C. Metro area, but concerns about flooding linger well into Thursday.

Rural Lawmakers Balk At Share-The-Road Laws

A law that would increase the bicycle passing distance in Virginia from 2 to 3 feet is widely praised by cycling safety advocates, but lawmakers in rural districts say it makes for an impossible situation on their narrow roads.

Analysis: Agencies, Contractors Ramp Up Planning For Sequester

Federal agencies and contractors alike are intensifying preparations for a possible sequester, a huge swath of budget cuts that could go into effect at the end of February. Government Executive's Tom Shoop outlines the latest.  

Va. Student Wins Appeal On Full-Body Scans In Airports

The TSA will remove full-body scanners from airports by this summer — a reprieve for one Virginia man who was arrested after protesting the practice.

Kennedy Center To Build $100M Expansion

The Kennedy Center will pursue a $100 million expansion, center leaders announced this week. The move will provide more rehearsal space, a memorial garden and an outdoor stage on the Potomac.

Bill To Allow Two-Term Governors In Virginia Goes To House

The Virginia State Senate approved a Constitutional amendment this week that would allow governors to serve two consecutive terms, but the bill may not gain such favor in the House.

McDonnell's Transportation Plan Goes Before House Committee

The Virginia legislature will begin debate today on a plan from Gov. Bob McDonnell to overhaul transportation funding in the state. The plan could come before the full House and Senate next week. 

Major Delays On Beltway After Accident

Major crashes on both the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway are causing major rush hour delays on the east side of the D.C. region this morning.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DREAM Act Moves Forward In Virginia

Members of the Virginia House have voiced support for legislation that opens educational pathways for immigrants, and it now heads to the state house.