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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Metro Identifies Glitch That Led To Systemwide Shutdown

Officials with Metro say they have finally identified the cause of the systemwide shutdown of the Metro system last weekend — a fault computer module was what brought the system to a halt.

Local Businesses Boxed Out Of Prime Real Estate

Local businesses in D.C. face many challenges, but one of the biggest is finding and securing prime downtown real estate — which many landlords effectively hold off-limits to all but large national chains.

Gray Supporters Rally, Call For Fairness

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has come under fire in recent weeks for the shadow campaign conducted on his behalf in 2010,  but supporters turned out on Wednesday to protest the heightened level of scrutiny.

Reduce, Reuse, Re-Cycle? D.C. Junks Abandoned Bikes

Under current District Department of Transportation policies, abandoned bicycles are brought straight to a landfill, instead of being recycled, as some cycling aficionados would prefer.

RG3 Officially A Washington Redskin

Robert Griffin III, the former Heisman winner out of Baylor and the Redskins' first draft pick, has signed a contract with Washington, officially making him part of the team.

Virginia Struggles To Improve Services For Disabled Students

Virginia is trying to improve educational resources for disabled students, but officials are concerned that cuts to federal funding could stymie those efforts.

Montgomery County Officials Move To Ban Potentially Hazardous Pavement Sealant

A bill that seeks to ban the use or sale of a potentially hazardous pavement sealant, is moving forward in the Montgomery County Council.

Farmers Battle Worst U.S. Drought In 50 Years

Scenes from two farms in Poolesville, Md., where the worst drought this country has seen in 50 years is likely to have a devastating effect on farmers' bottom lines this year.

Analysis: GSA Cancels GovEnergy Conference, Faces Bonus Cuts and Hiring Freezes

The GSA has cancelled this year's Annual Government Energy Conference as a result of new tougher policies for conference spending. Charles Clark of Government Executive explains what this means for government employees.

House Ignores Del. Norton, Passes Markup On D.C. Abortion

Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee passed the markup on a bill that would ban some abortions in the District, and refused Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton the opportunity to testify.

Democrats Look For Alternatives After DISCLOSE Act Fails

Democrats are still pushing for disclosure of large-scale political donors to super PACs and other independent groups, despite the failure of the DISCLOSE Act in the Senate earlier this week. 

Repair To Baltimore's Broken Water Main To Last 3 Weeks

A large water main break in downtown Baltimore will take almost a month and roughy 700 feet of new pipe to fix, according to city officials.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Analysis: Cheney Lobbies Senate GOP To Oppose Defense Cuts

Despite speculation that automatic cuts to defense spending won't be addressed until after the November election, big guns like former VP Dick Cheney have been lobbying Congress. Alex Bolton of The Hill addresses shifting tides.

Alexandria Waterfront Hotel Proposal Pushed Despite Zoning Limbo

Alexandria's zoning laws remained mired in legal limbo, but that hasn't stopped one developer from proposing a hotel along the waterfront that exceeds current limits on density.

'No Conclusion' Yet On Maryland Gaming

Maryland's leadership says they have reached "no conclusion" in pursuit of a consensus on a special session for an expansion of gaming in the state.

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