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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Virginia Set To Change Transportation Funding System For Counties

Virginia transportation that used to be doled out to localities via the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission could now be awarded directly to those jurisdictions, circumventing the 40-year-old body. 

Heat Wave Sweeps Into D.C., Prompting Health Advisories

The Washington region is heating up rapidly today as a heat wave crosses the mid-Atlantic. Health officials are urging people to take precautions such as staying hydrated, limiting time in the sun and remaining indoors if possible. 

Blue Lobster Caught Off Ocean City Gets Home At National Aquarium

A rare blue lobster turned up off the coast of Ocean City, Md. earlier this month, and the fisherman who caught it is turning it over to the National Aquarium to be put on display. 

New Deportation Policy Has Implications For DREAM Act Fight

A change in federal deportation policy for young undocumented immigrants presents an interesting quandary for those fighting for — and against — Maryland's 'DREAM Act.'

Complaint Questions Payments To Gray Campaign Treasurer

A complaint filed last week is asking for a probe of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign and questioning why his campaign treasurer was paid more than $100,000.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Analysis: Chesapeake Cleanup Saved, Virginia Political Ad Blitz Begins

Funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup has been saved from the Farm Bill, says The Hill's Alex Bolton. He also discusses the advertising monsoon in Virginia for the contentious Senate race this November.

New Pick To Head D.C. Housing Agency Embroiled In Sex Scandal

Just one day after Mayor Vincent Gray announced Michael Kelly as his pick to head the D.C. Housing and Community Development agency, reports have emerged alleging a sex scandal at his previous job in Philadelphia.

Virginia Voters Will Be Targeted By SEIU In Presidential Race

The Service Employees International Union plans to target Virginia and seven other states as part of its effort to support the reelection of President Barack Obama in November.

Lead Exposure Growing Among Immigrant Kids In Montgomery County

Lead exposure is an increasing problem in Montgomery County, where kids in the area's immigrant population find themselves affected more than most.

Plans For 'Chuck Brown Park' Move Forward

Plans to honor D.C. music legend and "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown with a park in his name are coming to fruition, after D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray submitted legislation to the D.C. Council do to just that.

Local Hospitals Honored For Commitment To LGBT Rights

Several local hospitals in D.C. and Maryland received honors from the Human Rights Campaign for their commitment to protecting LGBT rights for both patients and employees.

Bikeshare Users Save Hundreds In Transportation Costs

Capital Bikeshare users save money and help boost the bottom line for businesses that are Bikeshare accessible, according to a new study.

Medical Students And Family Members Honor Anatomical Donors

A memorial service was held Monday for 700 Maryland residents who graciously donated their bodies to further the cause of science and medical education.

Alexandria Library Receives Gift Of 1796 Map

Alexandria Library is receiving a piece of the city's history: a map and ledger detailing the ample land holdings of one of the city's namesakes, Charles Alexander. 

Mayor Proposes More Time For D.C. Public Information Responses

A bill proposed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray would place additional limits on public records requests in the District.