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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

D.C. Debuts Live Near Work Pilot Program

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Two D.C. area universities are working with the District to provide zero-interest loans to encourage workers to buy homes near their places of employment.

Crowds Gather For National Menorah Lighting

Thousands of people were expected to attend a special lighting ceremony at the National Hanukkah Menorah near the White House today.

Uranium Report Leaves Questions Unanswered In Virginia

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences says that Virginia is still years away from having the regulatory framework necessary to support uranium mining.

Local Lawmakers On Rejection Of Payroll Tax Holiday

Republicans in the House rejected a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday on Tuesday, with most area lawmakers voting along party lines.

Flags For Federal Employees Killed On Duty

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Congress has passed a law that authorizes federal agencies to offer flags to the families of federal workers killed in the line of duty.

St. Mary's Students Leave Cruise Ship Dorm

A group of St. Mary's College students who took residence for a semester in a cruise ship bid bon voyage to their old home, after the school successfully cleaned up the dorms from which they were originally displaced.

Metro Evacuation Prompts Car Inspections

Metro is inspecting all of its 5,000 series cars after a break assembly fell off a train Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of more than 300 Metro riders.

Panel Hears Challenge To Maryland Redistricting

A three-judge panel heard arguments Tuesday that Maryland's redistricting plan redraws the Congressional district map in a way that disenfranchises black residents.

D.C. Mayor Proposes New Taxicab Rules

After the city's taxicab commission recommended a D.C. taxi fare increase last week, Mayor Vincent Gray is proposing some changes of his own to the District taxi industry.

Hearing 130-Year-Old Recordings For The First Time

Shakespeare's timeless Hamlet soliloquy is among the more than century-old recordings that researchers from the Library of Congress have  unveiled recently.

Revised D.C. Ethics Bill Passed

The D.C. Council approved a revised ethics reform bill on Tuesday by a vote of 12-1, which included a provision that allows for the impeachment of councilmembers who 'substantially threaten the public trust.'

Virginia Assembly Considers Tax Credit Transparency

Legislators in Virginia are working on a bill that would make all tax credits received over $1,000 a matter of public record so state residents could have a better idea of who is -- and is not -- helping fill state coffers.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Virginia Drops Ball On Licensing For Autism Treatment

Virginia legislators have failed to establish a licensing procedure for autism therapy, which could leave many families paying for treatment out of their pockets.

MPD Bust Nets $7.1M In Drugs, 160 Guns

In a partnership with the ATF, the Metro Police Department concluded a year-long sting operation, confiscating $7.1 million in methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as 160 weapons from a Mexican drug cartel.

Virginia Governor Unveils $84.9B Budget Proposal

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled his first state budget Monday -- a $84.9 billion proposal that features major contributions to the state retirement system and major adjustments to education funding.