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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Agreement Between D.C. And Walmart Roils Activists

Walmart now plans to bring six stores to the District of Columbia, but activists are upset that the D.C. government hasn't pressed the retailer to agree to a community benefits package.

Survey: Job Satisfaction For Federal Workers Down

Survey results show that job satisfaction amongst federal workers is down 1.5 percent this year -- Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post offers insight the meaning behind the discrepancies between agencies.

D.C. Earns Green Award From EPA

It's not quite an Emmy, but D.C. and its residents are being acknowledged by the EPA with its Green Power Community of the Year Award.

Montgomery County Prepares For Bag Tax

Montgomery County's 5-cent bag tax doesn't go into effect until 2012, but businesses in the area are already preparing for the switch.

D.C. Officials Reject Issa Autonomy Proposal

While the proposal from Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) was tempting for D.C. leaders, they are rejecting it due to a provision that would restrict the spending of District funds on abortions for low-income women.

GovExec: Analyzing Federal Employee Buyouts

Buyouts have been offered to roughly 20,000 federal government employees this year, which could have impacts on the federal workforce throughout the region.

Suspect Arrested In White House Shooting

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the suspect in the shooting at the White House last Friday that left a bullet in one of the windows, has been arrested at a hotel in Pennsylvania, according to the Secret Service.

Free Family Planning Services For Maryland Women

As many as 35,000 Maryland women could qualify for free family planning and other health services.

Committee Looks At Loopholes In Va. Tax Code

A legislative watchdog committee in Virginia is calling for reforms to the state's tax code.

Walmart Plans Six Stores For D.C.

Walmart is announcing plans for two more stores in the District, bringing its total number of planned stores for the city to six.

Purple Line: Transit Officials Gather Public Input

Montgomery County transportation officials are beginning to make the rounds of Montgomery and Prince George's county neighborhoods to sell the Purple line light rail project to residents.

Loudoun Approves Dulles Funding Agreement

Despite reservations from some camps, the Loudoun County Board has given a preliminary go-ahead to funding the next phase of the Dulles rail project.

D.C.'s Juvenile Justice System Could Be Restructured

D.C. Council member Jim Graham is floating a plan to release youths from the city's juvenile justice system three years earlier.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

D.C. Region's Vehicles Older, Dirtier

car exhaust

The average age of vehicles being driven in the D.C. area is older than years past, and that means improvements in the amount of emissions have fallen off.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Hill: Breaking The Super Commitee Gridlock

With Republicans looking like they may finally yield on tax revenue, The Hill's Alex Bolton weighs in on the new phase of super commitee negotiations.

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