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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ed Long Named Fairfax County Executive

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announced the successor to long-time county executive Tony Griffin on Tuesday.

Metro Upgrades Await Long-Term Congressional Plan

Local lawmakers say that Congress' inability to pass long-term transportation legislation is preventing Metro from making serious headway into safety and infrastructure upgrades.

Tension Reigns In Annapolis After Yearly Session Ends

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was pointedly silent on the question of a special session of the General Assembly, after a late night legislative session failed to produce a budget agreement for the state.

Analysis: Congress Takes On GSA Conference Scandal

Several Congressional committees are poised to tackle to the scandal surrounding the lavish GSA conference held in Las Vegas in 2010, but as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, it's unlikely that any legislation will come of the controversy.

Maryland 'Flush Tax' To Double

Maryland legislators have agreed on a plan that will double the so-called "Flush Tax," which is used to fund major cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.

Metro Releases Major Track Work Schedule

As the Metro moratorium on weekend track work nears an end, WMATA has released their schedule for major projects through the rest of the year, so adjust your plans accordingly.

Maryland Senate President: Doomsday Budget 'Not Catastrophic'

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller talks about how negotiations on the state's budget and revenue package broke down in the final hours of the legislative session April 9.

Three Anonymous Mega Millions Winners Announced In Maryland

Three Maryland public school employees are the Mega Millions winners that bought their tickets at a Baltimore County convenience store.

D.C. Roundtable On Race, Justice System And Trayvon Martin

D.C. area residents will gather tonight with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's Commission on Black Men and Boys to discuss race issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin case.

Dulles Rail Funding Up For Vote In Fairfax County

Fairfax County supervisors will vote today on continued funding for the Dulles Rail project, and Fairfax Board chair Sharon Bulova says they hope to keep costs down, especially those funded by increasing tolls on the Dulles Toll Road.

Police, Wireless Companies Team Up On Smart Phone Thefts

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier joined forces with the FCC and wireless companies to announce a new plan to track and disable stolen cell phones, in an effort to discourage theft.

Maryland Legislature Adjourns Without Final Funding Deal

The Maryland state legislature adjourned at midnight last night, but they failed to finalize a funding plan for next year's budget, which could mean massive spending cuts next year.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Divisions On Casino Hold Up Maryland Budget

Maryland lawmakers are trying to strike a deal on a bill that would allow a casino in Prince George's County, regarded by some as the last obstacle blocking a compromise on the state budget.

Prospects For Offshore Wind In Maryland Dim

A bill that would have required Maryland utilities to get a certain amount of their power from offshore wind died in committee, scuttling a big push by Democrats to expand renewable power in the state.

A Novel Idea: Arlington Plans To Add To Library Budget

While many libraries in the area are sparsely-staffed and sport restricted hours, Arlington is planning to add staff and services.

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