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Morning Notes

By Aaron Kraut

Monday - 7/15/2013, 8:40am  ET

Rainbow over Bethesda

Pepco Gets Part Of Requested Rate Increase, Nobody Happy About It — The Maryland Public Service Commission on Friday denied most of Pepco’s requested $60.8 million rate increase, granting the oft-criticized power company $27.9 million of the request and $24 million upfront to fix feeders. Pepco issued a statement saying it was unhappy with getting only about half of the request. Advocates for improving the county’s electricity infrastructure were unhappy Pepco got any increase. [The Gazette]

Mourners Gather At Service For Chevy Chase Man Killed In Egypt — The funeral for Andrew Pochter, stabbed to death in Egypt while watching protests, was held Friday at the National Cathedral. Pochter was in Egypt for the summer to teach English. [ABC7]

Suburban Hospital Rededicates Pediatric Center — After a $1 million donation from the William J. Shaw Family Foundation, Suburban Hospital recently renamed its 10-year-old Pediatric Unit the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center at Suburban Hospital. Shaw is the Vice-Chairman of Bethesda-based Marriott International. [Suburban Hospital]

New State Transportation Secretary Suddenly Has Money To Work With — James T. Smith the state’s new transportation secretary and former Baltimore County Executive said he had no interest in the job a year ago when the department was low on funds. The state’s new gas tax has changed that and now Smith will have about $4.4 billion in new revenue to work with. One of his most watched initial moves will be on the Purple Line light rail, which may have to compete with the Red Line light rail planned for Baltimore for funding. [Washington Post]