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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Montgomery County Unions Come Out Against Pension Shift

Union leaders in Montgomery County are almost unanimously against the proposed shift of teacher pension costs from the state to counties, saying the cuts it will force counties to make could be devastating.

Virginia Senate Passes Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Virginia Republicans passed a controversial bill that will require women to have transabdominal ultrasounds prior to an abortion.

D.C. Government Drops Security Contractor For Violations

After more than one hundred citations for various violations, the D.C. government is dropping its $41 million contract with a security contractor.

Fairfax Executive Presents $6.7 Billion Budget

Fairfax County officials have proposed a $6.7 billion budget, a 6 percent increase over last year, buoyed in large part by gains in property values in the county.

Recall Election Underway In Ward 4 Tuesday

Residents of a Northwest D.C. neighborhood will vote today on a recall election, that could unseat Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Douglas Smith over plans to construct a new Walmart.

Report: Some 9/11 Pentagon Victim Remains Buried In Landfill

The remains of some victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon were disposed of in a landfill, according to a report.

Cyclist Transported After Collision With Tractor Trailer On U Street

A bicyclists appears to have been seriously injured in an accident with a tractor trailer on U Street NW this morning. 

Copper Wire Thieves Busted On Connecticut Ave.

Police arrested six Virginia men for stealing copper wire from telephone lines in Montgomery County last week.

Voter ID Bill Passes Virginia Senate With Bolling's Tie-Breaker

The Virginia Senate passed a voter identification requirement Monday with the help of a tie-breaking vote from Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R).

GPS Tracking Bill Nixed Again In Virginia Senate

A bill that would make it illegal to surreptitiously place a GPS tracking device on another person's vehicle won't be back in the Virginia Assembly this session -- but it could resurface next year.

Maryland, Virginia Govs. Praise Obama Education Reforms

The Maryland and Virginia governors may have their differences, but they both had positive words for President Obama's education policies after a meeting at the White House this week.

Alexandria Seeks Votes For Arts Poll

Alexandria, Va. is looking to continue it's streak of Top 10 finishes in American Style Magazine's yearly poll of top places in the country for the arts -- the city is beseaching residents and admirers alike to vote.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Maryland Students Demand Removal Of Foam Lunch Trays

Students in Montgomery County, some as young as 9, are getting politically-active, call for the Board of Education to adopt their plan for reusable lunch trays in school cafeterias.

Harry Thomas Jr.'s Nonprofit Under Scrutiny

An organization that offers programs for D.C.'s youth is under scrutiny for its role in the embezzlement charges to which former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. has pleaded guilty.

Virginia Legislators Pass Competing Voter Requirement Bills

The Virginia House and Senate are at an impasse after revising each others' legislation on voter requirements -- preventing either from being signed until the differences are ironed out.