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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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.

Website Tracks Cuccinelli After He Refuses To Certify Abortion Regulations

Ken Cuccinelli is being tracked on a website run by abortion rights activists, after Virginia's attorney general refused to certify clinic regulations passed by the state Board of Health.

Virginia Constitutional Amendment Proposed To Restrict Eminent Domain

Property rights advocates in Virginia are pushing for a constitutional amendment that would restrict eminent domain in the state by adding a provision to the commonwealth's Bill of Rights.

Silver Line Construction Reaches Milestone

Workers are dropping in the last span into place that will carry the Silver Line over the Capital Beltway on its way to business centers in Tyson's Corner, a milestone in construction.

Police Seek Witnesses For Columbia Pike Road Fatality

Arlington County Police have released a disturbing video depicting several pedestrians walking past the prone body of the victim of a traffic accident near Four Mile Run Dr., and are asking for witnesses.

D.C. Area Besieged By High Heat

Temperatures didn't quite soar to the record-breaking heights of earlier in the summer, but it does promise to be prohibitively hot in the D.C. area through Wednesday night.

'Beater Boards' Are Back: Ocean City Changes Decades-Old Law

Ocean City lawmakers removed a decades-old ban on "beater boards," a longer version of a body board that's been enjoying a resurgence in popularity during the past few years.  

Virginia Takes A 'Wait-And-See' Approach To Health Care Act

The debate over federal health care reform continues in Virginia, as the commonwealth prepares to let the federal government take the lead in setting up a statewide health care exchange.