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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Virginia Faces Shortfalls From Fiscal Cliff, Report Details

Cuts from the looming fiscal cliff could cost the state of Virginia tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars. A new report will detail what's at stake for the Commonwealth.

Son Of Congressman Jim Moran Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Girlfriend

Patrick Moran, son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend after an incident outside a Columbia Heights bar earlier this month.

Maryland Lawmakers Urge Gas Tax Hike

Montgomery County, Md., politicians lobbied the General Assembly to raise the state's gas tax to fund new transportation projects.

Coping With The Fiscal Cliff, Using Haiku

The "fiscal cliff" is serious business, with a potential for serious economic consequences in the D.C. area. Reporter Elahi Izadi tapped into people's frustrations on Twitter with a call for fiscal cliff haiku. WAMU staff members also gave it a shot.

Pat Mara Joins Field For D.C. Council Special Election

Republican Pat Mara has thrown his name in the ring with the other contenders for the April special election that will fill the seat on the D.C. Council recently vacated by now-chairman Phil Mendelson.

Amtrak Adds Service From Norfolk To D.C.

Service members in Norfolk, Va., will have an easier time getting to the District, after Amtrak added daily service to Union Station starting Wednesday.

UVA On Notice From Accrediting Panel After Sullivan Scandal

A university accrediting panel has put the University of Virginia on warning after an investigation into whether the institution acted with integrity in the removal and re-hiring of university president Theresa Sullivan earlier this year. 

D.C. Council May Nix Proposed Cab Color Schemes

D.C. Council members are considering introducing legislation to stop voting on a new uniform color scheme for D.C. taxis after some council members said they hate the proposed multicolor schemes.

Sentencing Date Not Set For Former Gray Campaign Aide

A judge has agreed to put off setting a sentencing date for Thomas Gore, the former campaign aide for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, citing his cooperation in an on-going investigation.

Virginia Gov. Wants To Remove Early Sales Tax Payments

Virginia businesses may get a break from paying up-front sales tax if the legislature passes a provision from Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed budget. 

Land Negotiations Could Affect Arlington Cemetery, Museum

Arlington County and the Defense Department are trying to come to an agreement on a land swap that would allow the expansion of Arlington National Cemetery and the construction of a museum memorializing a 19th century village for freed slaves.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Analysis: Maryland Lawmakers Look To Bring In Federal Disaster Funds

President Obama has submitted a supplemental spending request calling for $60 billion in relief funds for Hurricane Sandy. Maryland lawmakers are looking to secure funds for ravaged areas on the Eastern Shore and elsewhere.

Battle Expected Over Montgomery County School Budget

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr laid out his budget proposal for fiscal 2014. County council members are already saying the plan, which restores many previously eliminated positions, is too expensive.

Central Mission Making Christmas Happen For Needy Families

A mission in downtown D.C. is collecting toys for the less fortunate over the holidays, and they're hoping some last-minute donations can cover a shortfall for certain children.

Safety Board Calls For Dashboard Breathalyzers For Convicted Drunk Drivers

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued recommendations for all states that would require convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices to test for the presence of alcohol.