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In Virginia, July 1 Means A New 'Breeze' Of State Laws

There are two new state songs. Marijuana can now be used for epilepsy. Women can breastfeed in public. And a newly created Ethics Commission will keep begin operations.  Those and other laws signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe are taking effect.

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D.C. To Get More Body Cameras, But Only If Public Gets Access To Footage

The press and public will have the right to request footage from the body-worn cameras being deployed by the D.C. police department, a victory for open government advocates who feuded with Mayor Muriel Bowser over access to the footage collected by the cameras.
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Business Groups Try To Head Off Vote On $15 Minimum Wage In D.C.

Business groups on Wednesday mounted an effort to derail a nascent ballot initiative that would push the District's minimum wage up to $15, saying that the proposal would be disastrous for the city's economy and should not be decided by the electorate.
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To Fix Blue Line, Metro Considers Cutting Service On Four Others

The plan is designed to restore capacity to the transit authority’s most crowded line by running trains less frequently on the Green, Yellow, Orange, and Silver Lines during peak travel periods.

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Jeb Bush's Wealth Skyrocketed After He Left Governor's Office

Thirty-three years of tax returns — the most ever released by a presidential candidate — show he earned $29 million since leaving office. He also paid an average tax rate of 36 percent over that time.
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Here's How Inflation Has Eroded American Workers' Overtime Eligibility

The Obama administration might soon make millions of workers newly eligible for overtime, but experts disagree over how the new rules should look.
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Does The Drip, Drip, Drip Of Clinton's Email Controversy Matter?

The State Department will release another set of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state on Tuesday. The email issue may dog the Democratic candidate for her entire campaign.
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5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

The New Jersey governor has seen his political stock fall, but he tried to begin anew with his official presidential announcement at his high school alma mater.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 1, 2015

You can check out work by local women artists or see a comedy about how one woman’s midlife crisis affects those around her.

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Peru In The Spotlight During This Year's Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway on the National Mall through July 5, and this year's event features the South American nation of Peru.
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Lawsuit Raises Questions About Animal Dung In Chesapeake Bay

How much animal dung belongs in the Chesapeake Bay? Is the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality doing enough to keep it out? Those questions are at the heart of a lawsuit that a judge in Richmond will hear Thursday.
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How Could Avian Flu Affect People? Scientists Are Looking Into It

In Virginia, a group of scientists from around the world are trying to figure out how new strains of avian flu could impact humans by looking at the virus in a new way.