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Thursday, April 19, 2012

D.C. Settles Case For Lawyers' Fees In Handgun Case For $1.5M

The attorneys for the man that successfully sued to overturn the District's handgun ban will receive $1.5 million in compensation from the D.C. government.

D.C. Mayor Calls For Longer School Days, Closing Some Schools

D.C. is rolling out a five-year plan to revamp the city's school system as new calculations show a graduation rate that's just topping 50 percent thoughout the school system.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sparse Rain Makes For Thirsty D.C. Trees

With rain sparse in recent months, its important to keep track of water levels for trees in your area. One local nonprofit is offering the tools to do just that.

Virginia Budget Passes Without Silver Line Funding

Sen. Charles Colgan of Prince William County broke with Virginia Democrats today, lending his support to the $85 billion GOP budget plan, which conspicuously lacks $300 million in funding for the Silver Line.

Prince George's County Wants 'Transforming' Neighborhoods

Six areas in Prince George's County have been identified by County Executive Rushern Baker as warranting extra attention and resources as part of his Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.

Jeffrey Thompson Donations Extend To Virgin Islands

The potential fundraising irregulaties stemming from political donor Jeffrey Thompson, whose offices were raided by federal authorities more than a month ago, now extend to the Congressional delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Virginia House Votes To Override Veto On Out-Of-State Registration Penalty

Virginia's GOP-controlled House of Delegates voted 64-31 Wednesday to override Governor Bob McDonnell's veto of a bill that would raise the license penalty for residents with out-of-state plates.

Maryland Property Taxes Unmoved, At Least For Now

Maryland has decided to keep the property tax rate where it is for now, but officials warn that debt service obligations will likely force the state's hand in the next several years.

'Doomsday Clock' Counts Days Until Maryland Budget Cuts

With a special session on the budget still out of sight, Maryland state employees have created a 'Doomsday Clock,' to count the days until the automatic cuts hit on July 1.

Analysis: Hearings On GSA Abound, Conference Scrutiny Expands

The spending scandal plaguing the GSA just won't go away, and now some other agencies could be caught in the crossfire. GovExec senior correspondent Charles Clark talks about the latest in the ongoing saga.

Housing Advocates Plan Protest At Wilson Building

Affordable housing advocates will descend on D.C. city hall this evening to call for more housing funding from the D.C. government.

Virginia's Supreme Court Considers Alexandria's Wales Alley Fight

The fight over Wales Alley in Alexandria continues in Virginia Supreme Court today; the Old Dominion Boat Club is hoping the court upholds a ruling that a restaurant's patio unfairly blocks its members' access to the water.

In Time For Earth Day, Bill Aims To Make D.C. Greener

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is pushing an energy-efficient agenda leading up to Earth Day.

Metro Pulls 100 Buses From Service After Two Fires

Metro is taking 100 buses out of commission after two fires started on one particular model of bus within one week.

Montgomery County Council Disputes Schools' Job Cuts Claims

Budget talks are heating up in Montgomery County, and some council members would like to see more austerity from the school system.

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