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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Protesters Occupy Key Bridge Under Police Watch

Police escorted Occupy protesters during their march from McPherson Square to Key Bridge Thursday afternoon, but it was peaceful and the effects on traffic were less than expected.

Local Lawmakers Want More From Super Committee

The deadline for the super committee's deficit reduction bill is looming, and now local lawmakers are pressuring them for more.

Metro Police Crack Down On Crime

Metro Transit Police have had some success cracking down on crime in and around the system, officials say. 

Asbestos Report Finds Poor Conditions For Workers

After taking a construction job to pay for school, on Montgomery College student discovered what he calls disturbing practices by some of the region's asbestos abatement companies.

White House Shooter Charged With Attempted Assassination

A man arrested Wednesday in conneciton with a shooting last week near the White House is being charged with the attempted assassination of President Obama and his staff.

D.C. Region's Vehicles Older, Dirtier

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The average age of vehicles being driven in the D.C. area is older than years past, and that means improvements in the amount of emissions have fallen off.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Agreement Between D.C. And Walmart Roils Activists

Walmart now plans to bring six stores to the District of Columbia, but activists are upset that the D.C. government hasn't pressed the retailer to agree to a community benefits package.

Survey: Job Satisfaction For Federal Workers Down

Survey results show that job satisfaction amongst federal workers is down 1.5 percent this year -- Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post offers insight the meaning behind the discrepancies between agencies.

D.C. Earns Green Award From EPA

It's not quite an Emmy, but D.C. and its residents are being acknowledged by the EPA with its Green Power Community of the Year Award.

Montgomery County Prepares For Bag Tax

Montgomery County's 5-cent bag tax doesn't go into effect until 2012, but businesses in the area are already preparing for the switch.

D.C. Officials Reject Issa Autonomy Proposal

While the proposal from Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) was tempting for D.C. leaders, they are rejecting it due to a provision that would restrict the spending of District funds on abortions for low-income women.

GovExec: Analyzing Federal Employee Buyouts

Buyouts have been offered to roughly 20,000 federal government employees this year, which could have impacts on the federal workforce throughout the region.

Suspect Arrested In White House Shooting

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the suspect in the shooting at the White House last Friday that left a bullet in one of the windows, has been arrested at a hotel in Pennsylvania, according to the Secret Service.

Free Family Planning Services For Maryland Women

As many as 35,000 Maryland women could qualify for free family planning and other health services.

Committee Looks At Loopholes In Va. Tax Code

A legislative watchdog committee in Virginia is calling for reforms to the state's tax code.