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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Republicans Propose Offsetting Student Loans With Pension Contributions

D.C.-area Democrats are skewering a plan from House Republicans to balance low student loan interest with increased pension contributions from federal government worker. 

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown Resigns In Wake Of Bank Fraud Charge

A few hours after being charged with bank fraud, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown quietly tendered his resignation last night. He's due in court for a plea hearing Friday. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Delays Begin Soon For Baltimore Harbor Tunnel

The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel may not be the best bet for your vacation routes this summer, as construction through August promises to snag unwary travelers.

Fairfax Officials Favor Widening Route 1 In Place

After calls to widen Route 1 in Fairfax County to accomodate traffic from Fort Belvoir, delegates in the county are now backing a plan to widen in place, rather than route the road around historic property.

Exxon Mobil Leaving Fairfax For Houston

By 2014, energy giant Exxon Mobil will be moving their Fairfax campus to a new facility in Houston, Tex., moving more than 2,000 jobs out of the county.

Traffic, Crowds Expected At New Casino Opening

The Maryland Live! casino in Anne Arundel County opens Wednesday night, and crowds and traffic are expected to snarl would-be gamblers through the weekend, at least.

Analysis: Reforming The Hatch Act For D.C., Modern Times

The 1939 Hatch Act prohibiting federal employees from using their jobs to partisan ends could never have anticipated modern communication.  GovExec's Kellie Lunney discusses the prospects and bounds of reform.

Technology And Internet Hold Key To Energy Efficiency, Report Says

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is advocating for energy companies and governments to think about "intelligent efficiency" to help achieve greater energy savings. 

ACLU Questioning Background Checks Of Leopold Enemies

Records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show that Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold ordered the criminal histories of his enemies to be checked. 

Fire Displaces Residents In Suitland Apartment Complex

A fire 'leap-frogged' from one apartment to others in the Andrews Ridge apartments early Wednesday. Several apartments were gutted, but no one was seriously injured.

Pro-Labor Agreement Dropped From Dulles Rail Plan

Airports authority board members voted against a pro-labor agreement for the construction of the next phase of the Dulles rail line this morning.

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown Charged With Bank Fraud

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is likely to plead guilty to federal fraud charges filed Wednesday. Sources say he may officially resign before the end of the week.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Analysis: Farm Bill Touches Food Stamps, Chesapeake Cleanup

While it wouldn't seem like an agricultural authorization bill would have a lot to do with the D.C. area, the one being considered in Congress right now has ramifications both for Chesapeake cleanup and for Food Stamp recipients.

Sen. Mikulski Undeterred By Paycheck Fairness Act Defeat

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have instituted new rules to ease the gap in salaries between men and women, was shot down in the Senate Tuesday, over the objections of area lawmakers like Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Paper Ballots To Delay Alexandria Election Results

The vote tallies in next week's Democratic primary in Alexandria will be slightly delayed, both by the introduction of paper ballots and more rigorous vote-counting procedures.