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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Virginia Democrats Call For Special Session On Insurance Exchange

Virginia Democrats are trying to push back against Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to use the federal health insurance exchange, calling for a special session of the state legislature before the deadline.

Sen. Mark Warner Passes On Second Run For Governor

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner will not run as a Democratic candidate for governor in 2013, saying in a statement Tuesday that he wants to stay in Congress.

Police Hit Roads For Holiday To Combat Drunk Driving

Holiday revelers are encouraged to find designated drivers for Thanksgiving, as police in all the local jurisdictions will be upping patrols and implementing sobriety checkpoints.

Maryland Gov. Delays Trip To Israel, Citing Violence

With violence in Gaza claiming the lives of more than 100 people, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has delayed a planned economic development trip to Israel.

Virginia Higher Ed Council Requests $109M Budget Increase

Virginia's higher education council is calling for the state to add an additional $109 million to the higher education budget for next year, citing the need to offset rising tuition with financial aid and a 2 percent salary increase for professors.

Virginia Budget Planners Stay Conservative In Light Of Fiscal Cliff

Virginia lawmakers are proceeding cautiously with state budget planning due to the still unresolved federal fiscal cliff that could result in major federal budget cuts come January.

D.C. Formally Commits To Health Care Exchange

D.C. has formally declared its intention to form a health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act; District officials hope they could be taking enrollments by fall of 2013.

UMD Officials, Students Cite Importance Of Academic Consortium In Big Ten Move

The University of Maryland will get a new NCAA conference with its move to the Big Ten, but it will also get a membership in an $8 billion per year research consortium with the conference's schools. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Uranium Mining Could Prompt Radioactive Debate In Richmond

The uranium mining industry has been lobbying the Virginia state legislature to consider lifting the ban in the commonwealth, setting it up for a likely vote when the General Assembly is back in session.

Balloon Sightings Likely As Alexandria Mulls Potomac Yard Metro

If you see large balloons while driving on the GW Parkway, it's not the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade coming to Virginia. Alexandria is using the derigibles to study the visual effects a proposed Potomac Yard Metro station.

Analysis: Maryland's Move To The Big Ten Makes Fiscal Sense

The University of Maryland is officially joining the Big Ten conference, and while some say it's a break from tradition, Washington Post sports reporter Alex Prewitt says its all about dollars and cents

Job Service Centers Consolidated In Southeast

The District government is consolidating two employment service centers into one location in Southeast D.C.

Parents Demand Answers On Proposal To Close 20 D.C. Schools

The D.C. Council is holding its second hearing on the proposal to close 20 underutilized or underfunded District schools, and dozens of parents have signed up to voice their concerns.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Classroom To Cupcakes: Two Principals Exchange Old Careers For New

A year ago, two former DCPS principals exchanged the daily grind of running a school for the early-morning work of running a cupcake business, Cooks 'N Cakes.

D.C.'s "Marathon Man" Of Jazz Celebrates A Lifetime Of Making Music

Jazz musician Andrew White has spent a lifetime making up his own rules — both for making music, and for running his prolific one-man publishing company, "Andrew's Music."