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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Former D.C. Contracts Director Sues CFO For Defamation

A former D.C. employee is suing the city government for defamation after he was fired in 2009. He is already suing the District for wrongful termination.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Virginia Democrats Angered By Special Election Timing

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has set the date for the special election to fill Bill Englin's seat on the House of Delegates on Sept. 4, drawing criticism that he did so for overtly political reasons.

ACLU Calls For Transparency On License Plate Readers

Law enforcement agencies across the country utilize license plate readers for a variety of uses, but ACLU affiliates in 35 states are asking for greater transparency in terms of what those uses are.

Virginia Landfills Not A Threat To Drinking Water, DEQ Says

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality is downplaying concerns that the commonwealth's landfills represent a threat to drinking water, citing siting and safety requirements.

Virginia Reports $129M Surplus For Fiscal 2012

Thanks to increased tax revenues that exceeded initial projections, the Commonwealth of Virginia reported a $129 million surplus for the fiscal year ending in June.

Part 2: D.C. Area Braces For Impacts Of Federal Budget Cuts

There's a new dirty word circulating in federal government and employee circles — "sequestration" — and it's a big word that could carry a lot of big impacts.

Montgomery County Bill Would Protect Low-Income Workers

The Montgomery County Council is tackling a bill that would offer enhanced protections to low-income service workers, but it's looking unlikely that it will be addressed this session.

Capital Area Food Bank Doubles Capacity With New Facility

The Capital Area Food Bank is opening a new facility in Northeast D.C. this week that will allow the organization to doubles its efforts in distribution.

Federal Spending And The D.C. Area

Debate about government spending is playing a key role in the 2012 election season. But discussion on the scope of the federal government takes on special significance in the D.C. area.

Ft. Totten, Rockville Metro Stations Get Coin-Free Parking Meters

Metro customers who park at the Ft. Totten and Rockville stations no longer have to fully depend on loose change to park at the meters.

New Ramp Opens Connecting D.C.-295 To 11th Street Bridge

A new ramp connecting the Anacostia Freeway to the 11th Street Bridge opens today, and is expected to ease commuter traffic in neighborhoods east of the river.

Congress Faces Final Bills Before Summer Break

Lawmakers are expected to face decisions on the Bush-era tax cuts, the drought in the Midwest and abortion legislation before taking their August break at the end of the week.

Victim Identified In Arlington Jewelry Store Killing

The son of a man killed in a jewelry store during a robbery in Arlington last week has identified his father as the victim. 

D.C. Gets Tougher Drunk Driving Law

A more stringent drunk driving law takes effect this week in the District of Columbia, and the Metropolitan Police Department's breathalyzer program is expected to be reinstated just in time.

GOP Senators Stop In Virginia To Decry Defense Cuts

Three Republican senators, including one rumored to be on the short list of potential Mitt Romney running mates, are railing against potential defense cuts in Virginia today.