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Pepco Seeking Rate High For D.C. Customers

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Pepco customers in the District may see a rate hike in their future.
Pepco customers in the District may see a rate hike in their future.

Pepco is seeking a $52 million rate hike for customers in the District. The proposed increase would add almost $6 to the average monthly residential bill.

Pepco president, Thomas Graham, says the increase is necessary to improve customer service and reliability. The utility is facing strong criticism for its response to some storms in the past year, including the fast-moving derecho that caused widespread outages for days.

Mayor Vincent Gray has convened a task force to look into the feasibility of relocating more power lines underground in hopes of limiting extended electricity outages in the future.

Meanwhile, a separate request for a rate increase is pending in Maryland.

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.


Watchdog: Hillary Clinton Violated State Dept. Policies By Using Private Email

A report issued by the department's inspector general found that previous secretaries of state also failed to comply with record-keeping and security policies.

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