Early Briefing 08.29.07

Annual census figures say Maryland is now the richest state, with a median household income of $65,144. (Anyone know how the rankings change if you go by mean household income instead?) And Washington is second among metropolitan areas, with Fairfax, Loudoun, Howard, Montgomery and Prince William counties ranking high in wealth. See story

ICF International of Fairfax was hired to manage Louisiana's "Road Home" program to get money to homeowners post-hurricane. The firm's stock price, revenue and workforce have all grown after getting the $750 million contract. And so have the number of critics. See story

MicroManos of Bethesda is a temp agency that helps companies out by checking out laborers' legal status before sending them out on jobs. See story

Jumbo mortgage loans, those over $417,000, have become more difficult to get. In response, some home buyers are restructuring the deals while others are sitting tight. See story

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority wants some strength in the lobbying department and is in negotiations with former transportation secretary Norman Mineta. See story

By Terri Rupar  |  August 29, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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