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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Health Gets D+ For 2011

Prompted by rainy conditions and excessive run-off, the environmental rating for the Chesapeake Bay fell off in 2011, according to the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science.

Property Tax Hike Likely In Montgomery County

The proposed budget in Montgomery County includes a bump to property taxes, but some in the county council would prefer to increase revenues by targeting tax credits instead.

Benefits Of Tech Transfer Outweigh Costs For Virginia Universities

Despite criticism that schools with Tech Transfer programs are chasing big paydays that will never come, officials at Virginia universities say the other benefits of fostering innovation still outweigh the costs.

Nine Virginia Governors Attend Conference At UVA

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership plays host to nine Virginia governors Tuesday night -- from Bob McDonnell and Tim Kaine all the way back to Linwood Holton.

Not-So-Bitter Pill: Fairfax Offers Prescription Disposal

Don't hold on to or flush those old prescriptions in your medicine cabinet -- Fairfax County has instituted 'Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout' this week to dispose of old drugs properly.

Storify: Reactions To Shuttle Discovery's Arrival In D.C.

Residents of the D.C. area turned out in force Tuesday morning to witness the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery.

Montgomery County Police Warn Of Rear-Ending Robbers

Police are warning residents of Montgomery County to be extra careful on the roads at night, after two incidents in Potomac, Maryland where cars were rear-ended as a pretext to a robbery.

Romney, Obama Both Top $2M Raised In Virginia

Presidential candidates already have their eyes on Virginia; both Mitt Romney and President Obama have raised millions in the state so far.

D.C. Emancipation Document On View In Capitol

D.C. Emancipation Day may be over, but visitors to the U.S. Capitol will continue to have the chance to look at a key document relating to the freeing of the slaves in the District.

Neighborhood Stunned After House Cats Mistakenly Euthanized

Some residents of one quiet Eastern Shore street are mourning their pets after they say they were wrongly euthanized by the county's animal control.

More Money Orders: Harry Thomas Jr. Tied To Jeffrey Thompson

Political donor Jeffrey Thompson also left his mark on the campaign fund of former Council member Harry Thomas Jr., according to city records.

Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Flight Over D.C.

Residents of the D.C. area reacted with emotion Tuesday morning to the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery, as it circled the District en route to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Proposed Bill Would Rein In Pepco Tree-Trimming

Pepco has undertaken an effort to aggressively trim trees that could impact the company's powerlines, but a new measure proposed in Montgomery County would give residents a means to push back.

Environmental Concerns Top Objections To Arlington Chickens

As Arlington considers relaxing restrictions on backyard hens in residential areas, one of the primary objections raised is the potential environmental impact wrought by chicken waste.

Montgomery County Braces For Possible 'Doomsday Budget'

With Maryland's General Assembly no closer to calling a special session to compromise on a state budget, officials in Montgomery County are taking inventory of what the so-called "Doomsday Budget" contingency would mean for the area.