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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Follow coverage of the rescued girls in Cleveland; Benghazi “controversy” continues to percolate; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
CUCCINELLI WANTS TO LOWER TAXES: Shocker, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli proposed cutting a series of taxes — including state income tax and business taxes — as part of an “economic growth and Virginia jobs plan” he announced Tuesday. Under Cuccinelli’s proposal, the income tax rate would drop from 5.75 percent to 5 percent over four years starting in 2014, and the corporate income tax rate would drop from 6 percent to 4 percent.” http://bit.ly/13wVY3e
MONTGOMERY COUNTY BURNS: Its guns, that is, per Gazette.Net, “Public safety officials in some parts of the country sell back to the community the guns they seize while serving protective orders. Last week in Montgomery County, they incinerated seized and turned-in weapons. On Thursday, Montgomery County sheriff deputies carted dozens of pistols, shotguns and rifles to an incinerator in Dickerson.” http://bit.ly/15oWrZH
HEALTH CARE: Of divergent pricing, per the Washington Post, “Consumers on Wednesday will finally get some answers about one of modern life’s most persistent mysteries: how much medical care actually costs. For the first time, the federal government will release the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Until now, these charges have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding their fees from competitors. What the numbers reveal is a health-care system with tremendous, seemingly random variation in the costs of services.” http://wapo.st/13gQ07s
OF INTERNET WIRETAPS: They’re likely on the way, per the New York Times, “The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.” http://nyti.ms/ZOmhC2
STEPHEN COLBERT’S SISTER: She loses to the Argentia tourist, per The State, “Mark Sanford is headed back to Congress after trouncing Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch with 54 percent of the votes, a 9 percentage point victory that dashed predictions of a close race. The big victory Tuesday suggests First Congressional District voters cared more about a consistent voice for limited government and no new spending than transgressions that seemed certain to torpedo Sanford’s political career four years ago. Charleston businesswoman Colbert Busch received 45 percent of the vote while Green Party candidate Eugene Platt took less than 1 percent.” http://bit.ly/15Dh5VT
CLEVELAND DETAILS EMERGE: Now, the focus shifts, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “The brothers accused of holding three women captive for a decade or more grew up around their father's car lot off West 25th Street surrounded by a large family. They were smart, funny and loved classic cars. Two, however, appeared to drink heavily, while the other battered his former wife and threatened to kill her and their children, according to friends, family and court records. Two brothers had long since stopped working, while the other was fired in November after 22 years as a Cleveland schools bus driver.” http://bit.ly/109QnPO
POLITICO PLAY: “Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday bashed voting rights requirements - calling them “immoral, callous” - and warned of political consequences for those who try to impose barriers to casting a ballot. “To me it is the most immoral, callous thing that can be done, the idea of making it more difficult to vote,” Biden said at the annual gala dinner of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a minority-focused public policy organization.” http://politi.co/ZOuhTz
ROGUE COP?: That’s the accusation, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A rookie MPD officer was arrested for a crime he allegedly committed before becoming an officer in D.C. Fourth District Police Officer Jared Weinberg is accused of helping a drug trafficking operation that sold "thousands of kilograms of cocaine from sources of supply in California...and resulted in the generation of millions of dollars..." http://wj.la/10nF0ko
MARYLAND GUN CONTROL: Strange doings, per the Washington Examiner, “A Montgomery County activist is pushing to put the fate of Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping new gun restrictions before Maryland voters on the 2014 ballot. After MDPetitions.com -- the group responsible for getting three ultimately failed ballot measures before voters in 2012 -- announced last month that it would not challenge the gun bill on the ballot in favor of joining an expected National Rifle Association lawsuit, Sue Payne decided she would take up the mantle.” http://bit.ly/11RVPp3
GO STRAIGHT TO JAIL: Just the facts, per the Washington Times, “A D.C. teen was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday for beating an 81-year-old woman whose home he burglarized. Tyran McElrath, 18, pleaded guilty in February to a count of first-degree burglary and a count of aggravated assault and faces five years of supervised release at the end of his prison sentence.” http://bit.ly/10azHrI
BIKESHARE: Under the microscope, per City Paper, “The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating Capital Bikeshare for possible failure to pay the federal prevailing wage to its employees. The program, run by Portland, Ore.-based Alta Bicycle Share, is operating under a $16.4 million contract with the District Department of Transportation.” http://bit.ly/Ysgu44
MURDER INDICTMENTS: Three of them, per INSIDENOVA, “Three brothers have been indicted on murder charges for the January death of a Dumfries woman. A grand jury in Prince William Circuit Court this week indicted Christopher Tolliver, 27, Douglas Tolliver, 29, and Reginald Tolliver, 38, for the Jan. 17 shooting death of 35-year-old Tasheka Leavell.” http://bit.ly/12cYGdV
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: At 34, Rita Trewick was a busy mother of two young boys and was going to the University of D.C. full-time, but then came two surprises. She was diagnosed with breast cancer; and three days later, she found out she was three months pregnant. Find out why she has reason to celebrate this weekend: http://wj.la/10nILX4
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Prince George's County opens a new shelter for homeless youth. We'll talk with the county's Social Services chief and with a top official at Sasha Bruce House.