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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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.

D.C. Lobbying Disclosures Of Limited Use To Watchdogs

D.C. has released their latest lobbying report, tracking the activities of Wilson Building power brokers. Watchdogs contend that the lists are of limited use because they are released only after the fact.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Small Plane Crashes In Montgomery County

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue reports that one person was killed and another suffered life-threatening injuries in a small plane crash near Davis Airport.

Analysis: Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Milestones Are A Mixed Bag

Cleanup efforts on the Chesapeake Bay have been underway for two years now, and as Beth McGee, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, explains, the progress towards the 2025 goal has come in fits and starts.

Lawmakers Talk Federal Safety Standards For Metro

Local lawmakers and transportation officials on Monday discussed the federal safety standards called for in the transportation bill signed into law this month.

Pentagon Approves $180M To Widen U.S. 1 In Fairfax

To help cope with increased traffic stemming from Department of Defense employees moving to Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon has approved a $180 million expansion of Route 1.

Students Making Sacrifices To Meet College Costs

As the cost of education rises and the economy continues to take a toll on family incomes, more students are making sacrifices to make their higher education dreams come true.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Expansion Gets Approval

Organizers have gotten preliminary approval for construction of a new education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which include an extensive underground element.

Virginia Makes Progress On NCLB Waiver

Amidsts concerns about meeting goals set by No Child Left Behind, Virginia education officials are working on new standards that would allow them attain a two-year waiver from federal standards.

Renewed Chance In Maryland For Special Session On Gambling

Talks continue in Maryland regarding a second special session this summer to vote on an expansion to gaming in the state, with O'Malley giving better than 50-50 odds that it will happen.

Inmates Assist With Maryland House Of Correction Demolition

With the help of inmates, Maryland officals are preparing to tear down a 130-year-old prison that was closed in 2007.

Analysis: Pressure Builds On Capitol Hill To Avoid Defense Spending Cuts

Although cuts would trigger in January, unless Congress acts, many defense contractors will have to send out layoff notices to employees before the November election.

Obama Pushes To Let Bush-Era Tax Cuts Expire

Obama's proposal to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire is anticipated to come for a vote in the Senate before summer recess.

Metro Meets With Local Leaders To Discuss Safety

Metro officials are meeting with Maryland senators and congressmen today to discuss the agency's safety standards.

MARC Brunswick Line Begins New Schedule

After over 10 years, the Maryland Transit Authority is making its first major modification to the Brunswick Line.