DAYBREAK DAILY: Virginia transportation plans are in disarray

ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m.

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 40s.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Sometime next week, highly trained park police officers will shoot and kill between 10 and 25 deer at Rock Creek Stream Valley Park to control the population. The deer killed in the operation will be taken to a butcher and then donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.

GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON: Among the stories will be the Boy Scouts of America voting whether to allow gay troops and leaders, a shooting in Northwest, an anniversary for Giant, and much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

OF TRAFFIC: And of a headache, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal is the last comprehensive transportation funding measure remaining in the General Assembly, and its prospects don’t look good in a Senate that wouldn’t even consider his original plan. McDonnell’s proposal to replace the gas tax with increases in the sales tax and vehicle registration fees passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday, but the Senate sent the plan back to committee after voting down two alternatives that would have moved the gas tax from the pump to the wholesale level.”

SPORTS OF SORTS: Of equality, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The U.S. Department of Education has made its position clear: Schools must give students with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in extracurricular athletics. And if students with disabilities - even with "reasonable modifications" - can't play on a regular team, then school districts "should create additional opportunities."

STATE OF D.C.: Or something like that, per the Washington Post, “A “prosperity dividend” from the District’s continued economic growth should be used to make investments in key city government programs, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in his annual State of the District address Tuesday. Gray (D) acknowledged that an expected surfeit of city revenue will, in the third year of his term, permit him for the first time to pursue significant new spending — starting with a $100 million commitment to affordable housing.”

DRONES: Behind the scenes, per the New York Times, “. . . (The) clandestine war will receive a rare moment of public scrutiny on Thursday, when its chief architect, John O. Brennan, the White House counterterrorism adviser, faces a Senate confirmation hearing as President Obama’s nominee for C.I.A. director. From his basement office in the White House, Mr. Brennan has served as the principal coordinator of a “kill list” of Qaeda operatives marked for death, overseeing drone strikes by the military and the C.I.A., and advising Mr. Obama on which strikes he should approve.”

CANTOR: Who is he now?, per the Washington Times, “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called on Congress on Tuesday to carve out a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers — illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. at a young age — making him the highest-ranking Republican leader to embrace the legalization of a broad category of people living in the U.S. illegally. Trying to marry his conservative principles with the renewed push for immigration reform on Capitol Hill, Mr. Cantor, Virginia Republican, said Congress should focus on the illegal immigrants brought here by their parents through no fault of their own — without giving any indication of what sort of immigration bill he would support in the House.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Top officials at three domestic agencies say they were instructed by the White House not to talk about the looming sequester cuts unless their talking points were first cleared by the Office of Management and Budget. The direction from the White House so infuriated Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski that she’s planning a hearing next Thursday to give domestic agencies a chance to make their case by inviting officials from OMB, Treasury, Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development and Homeland Security.”

NOT SO SOCIAL: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A local woman thought she'd met a nice man on a plane. But when their romantic relationship soured, he took out his revenge on social media. By the time he was done, she'd lost her job and her daughter was threatened.”

SCHOOL RESCUE: Kinda, sorta, per the Washington Examiner, “Virginia state officials would take over control of failing public schools under bills that passed in each house of the General Assembly on Tuesday. Part of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform package, the measure would create an Opportunity Educational Institution Board to oversee schools denied accreditation as a result of low standardized test scores and graduation rates.”

DUDE: You’re gettin’ a Dell, per the Wall Street Journal, “Dell Inc. on Tuesday struck a $24.4 billion deal to take itself private that it called a turning point in efforts to boost its value, even as some shareholders said they are unhappy with the deal's premium. Founder and CEO Michael Dell—along with Silver Lake Partners—will offer Dell's holders a per-share price of $13.65 in cash. The stock closed Tuesday at $13.42 on Nasdaq.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 3-2 against Maple Leafs.

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: The new one, per InsideNova, “Prince William County has a new police chief. On Tuesday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors named Stephan M. Hudson – a 30-year member of the police department -- as its new chief.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Jim Corcoran, head of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, who will be asked about Virginia Gov. McDonnell's transportation proposal.

--Skip Wood =================
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