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Extra Plows Out To Clear Way For Special Election In Loudoun, Fairfax Counties

In Virginia, workers from the Department of Transportation are out in force working to pre-treat roads in advance of the coming snow.

Transportation officials say more than 4,000 pieces of equipment are plowing and treating roads in Northern Virginia this morning.

Plows loaded with salt and sand are be staged to handle all problem areas, but they're paying extra attention to polling places in the 33rd Senate District, which includes portions of eastern Loudon and Western Fairfax Counties. That's because a special election is taking place today, and in an effort to prevent the weather from keeping voters away from the polls, more than 700 trucks will be dedicated to maintaing the streets of Loudoun County alone.

Forecasts are calling for accumulation of up to nine inches of snow in the western parts of the state.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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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.

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$81 Million Bangladesh Bank Heist Sparks Push For Stepped-Up Cybersecurity

The head of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication acknowledged at least two security breaches in addition to February's spectacular theft involving Bangladesh's central bank.

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