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  • Democrats Blast CR Filed in Senate

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday released the text of a continuing resolution (CR) that Democrats have not agreed to, raising questions as to whether lawmakers will successfully approve a stopgap by Sept. 30 to keep the government running at the start of the new fiscal year. McConnell indicated that the two parties would have until Tuesday to continue negotiating a final agreement, but Democrats blasted the “Republican-only” bill over a number of controversial policy riders and the lack of emergency funding to upgrade the water system for Flint, Mich. One rider that has attracted the ire of Democrats would continue an existing provision in law blocking a Securities and Exchange Commission rule related to the disclosure of corporations’ political spending …

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  • Encroachment Effort at MacDill AFB Leaves State Officials Frustrated

    Encroachment Effort at MacDill AFB Leaves State Officials Frustrated

    The state of Florida this week agreed to purchase the residential development rights on a 25-acre parcel adjacent to MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa even though the landowner will retain the right to build a hotel or motel on the parcel’s north end.
    The $1.3 million purchase will prevent residential development in MacDill’s clear zone and accident potential zone, but the state was only able to reach agreement to purchase the development rights for a hotel or motel on 11 acres in the airfield’s clear zone, reported the Tampa Bay Times. Still, it’s the best deal the state could get, said Bruce Grant, executive director of the Florida Defense Support Task Force …

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  • Northwest Florida Touts ADC Honor

    Northwest Florida Touts ADC Honor

    Officials from Northwest Florida gathered Wednesday to celebrate the designation of the Eglin Air Force Base – Hurlburt community as one of 10 Great American Defense Communities. “Everyone in this room is aware of the importance of our military installations,” Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, told the hundreds of military, business and community leaders. “We also know that those installations are made up of people with families, and all of you here are working to find ways to serve them …

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  • State Opens Motor Vehicle Office at Ft. Bragg

    State Opens Motor Vehicle Office at Ft. Bragg

    The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) opened a mobile office at Fort Bragg Wednesday, bringing DMV services back to the Fayetteville, N.C., post for the first time since 2008. The mobile office will visit the installation six days a month, and allow personnel and family members to handle most driver license services. The mobile units include credit card readers, mobile cameras and vision and knowledge skills testing. The move is intended to better serve military families, with the new office considered a tangible way the state can demonstrate its commitment, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said the DMV may be the first, and sometimes the only, interaction troops and their families have with their state government. The Fort Bragg DMV is expected to serve between 60 and 80 customers daily. “This is one more step by this state to lighten the administrative load in the soldier’s rucksack, enabling them to focus more on training for that next deployment,” said Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary Cornell Wilson Jr.

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  • Coming Soon: 360 3.0

    Starting next month, Defense Communities 360 will be getting a makeover. The daily newsletter’s new format will be easier to scroll through on mobile devices and be more flexible in how it covers news — many stories will be covered with a brief teaser, with more important stories receiving more thorough coverage. In-depth stories will be part of the regular coverage as well. Look for The Insider soon.

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  • Maryland County Gains Control of Former Army Post

    Maryland County Gains Control of Former Army Post

    Washington County officially gained control of the former Fort Ritchie from a state-designated redevelopment authority Tuesday, the first step in its plan to revitalize the central Maryland site into an ambitious mixed-use development with academic, commercial, residential and recreational uses. Under its proposal to create Cascade Town Centre at Fort Ritchie, the county would act as master developer for the 591-acre property, reported the Herald-Mail. The town center would attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, create up to 1,000 jobs and expand the region’s population by about 3,000 residents, according to officials …

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  • Senate Inches Closer to Agreement on FY’17 CR

    Negotiations over a fiscal 2017 stopgap measure needed to keep the government open when the new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1 are “largely done,” according to one senator participating in the talks, but as of Wednesday night there was no indication that an agreement had been reached. Earlier in the day, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said the negotiations were wrapping up, reported CQ Roll Call. Other lawmakers, however, insisted a deal should not be expected yet. “There’s been a lot of back and forth,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “I just don’t think [Democrats] are in a big hurry to do this because they’d like to keep all of our 2016ers here and not back home campaigning …

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  • Developer Unveils Plans for Lifestyle Center at Ft. Monmouth

    Developer Unveils Plans for Lifestyle Center at Ft. Monmouth

    The developer of a proposed mixed-use lifestyle center at the former Fort Monmouth unveiled its plans to turn 89 acres near the post’s main gate into 302 townhomes, 350,000-square feet of retail space and over 40,000 square feet of office space. Freedom Pointe will attract high-end retailers, destination restaurants, an upscale dine-in theater, and a hotel to the reuse project near the New Jersey Shore, according to Lakewood, N.J.-based Paramount Realty. “Our focus is to make this development the main hub for the community year-round,” said President Maurice Zekaria. Technology will be a driving force at Freedom Pointe, which will feature a variety of amenities …

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