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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

West Virginia's Coal Plants Rank 7th-Worst For Mercury

West Virginia's coal-fired power plants rank 7th-worst in the country for mercury emissions, according to a new report.

Maryland Mail Sorting Centers Get Reprieve

Two mail sorting centers in Maryland which were slated for closure are getting a second look, thanks to the attention of handful of senators.

Increase Gubernatorial Term Limits, Virginia Dems Say

Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates are calling for a state amendment to extend the term limit for the governor's office beyond one term, saying it would force those in office to make better long-term decisions.

Hearing For White House Shooter Scheduled For Friday

The suspect that allegedly shot at the White House on Veterans' Day last month is is due back in court Friday for a hearing on his mental competence.

Mikulski Pushes For Stronger Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) is working with a Senate subcommittee on children and families to strengthen requirements for the reporting of child sexual abuse.

Offshore Wind Company Pulls Out Of Delaware Project

The developer of an offshore wind farm in Delaware is pulling out of the project, citing market pressures.

'Uncurbed' Brings Food Truck Patrons In Out Of The Cold

Uncurbed D.C. launches this week, attempting to give food trucks a chance to go brick-and-mortar for a week, and property owners the chance to activate a vacant space.

D.C. Council Digs In On Corporate Contributions

Campaign filings show the D.C. Council is relying more on corporate contributions for their campaigns than in years past, which calls into question their resistance to closing the LLC loophole in ethics legislation.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Hill: Loss For Tea Party Republicans, Federal Funding Squabbles

Roy Blunt defeated Ron Johnson for the highly contested position of Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference Tuesday, which could signal the tack the GOP takes in the 2012 election.

D.C. Hunger Strikers Hit Capitol Hill

The three Occupy DC protesters hunger striking for D.C. autonomy occupied the office of House Speaker John Boehner, while the Congressional chairman of District affairs hits back at Occupy DC's McPherson campsite.

Montgomery County Budget Outlook Mixed

Montgomery County in Maryland saw an uptick in income tax revenues alongside a slight drop in unemployment rates -- but looming federal cuts sully the rosy picture.

Report: Virginia Ranks Low On Child Homelessness Efforts

While Virginia was only 21st in the country in child homelessness, a new report ranked them as 46th in planning efforts to find housing for the 25,000 children in the state without homes.

Fare Hikes Proposed For D.C. Taxis

Rates for D.C. taxi riders may be on the rise -- but a new proposal also outlines a number of fees that would be waived as well as calling for improvements to the District's fleet of cab.

Beltway Speed Camera Issues 21K Tickets In 3 Months

The mobile speed camera installed on the Capital Beltway in Maryland earlier this year has already charged more than $800,000 in fines.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Virginia Luring Company That Launches Remains Into Space

Virginia space enthusiasts are making a play to attract a company that launches creamated remains into space.

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