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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Legal Cloud Lifts For Controversial Alexandria Waterfront Plan

Thanks to a recent ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond, developers now have a green light to start demolishing a series of old abandoned warehouses and building structures in Alexandria that are much larger than what's there now.

D.C. Bans Official Travel To Indiana Over Controversial Religious Liberty Law

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has banned all government employees from traveling to Indiana, which recently passed a law that critics say legalizes discrimination against gay and lesbian residents.

Uber Makes Tweaks To Allow Drivers To More Easily Pick Up At D.C. Area Airports

Faced with rules that prevent its drivers from hanging out on airport property waiting for rides, Uber is tweaking its system for ride-hailing pick-ups at Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

Hogan Getting His Way On Tax Cuts, Though Still Needs House To Go Along

Tax cut measures promoted by Maryland's Republican governor have made their way through the Senate, but now they need to get past Democrats in the House of Delegates.

D.C. Attorney General Signs Off On $20M Plan For All-Boys Preparatory School

A program designed to help black and Latino boys in D.C. drew accusations earlier this year that it violated gender equality, but Attorney General Karl Racine dimissed such concerns.

Hogan's Promise To Cut Maryland Taxes Curbed By Lawmakers

In his campaign last year, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pledged to cut taxes in the state, but so far only two minor measures have made it out of committee.

Prisoner Who Escaped Fairfax Hospital Arrested In D.C.

A prisoner escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church in the early morning hours Tuesday, wrestling a gun from a guard before fleeing and carjacking two people.

D.C. Zoning Commission Approves Limit On Pop-Ups In Certain Neighborhoods

The D.C. Zoning Commission on Monday voted to approve a proposal dropping the height limit of homes in certain residential neighborhoods from 40 to 35 feet, a measure meant to target pop-ups.

Virginia Lawmakers Push For Strictest Limits On Police Surveillance In U.S.

Virginia lawmakers say they have the votes to overturn amendments Governor Terry McAullife made to legislation putting limitations on how the government can use surveillance technology.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Q&A: Maryland State Sen. John Astle On 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law Monday evening declaring every March 30 "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." WAMU spoke with Astle at his office in Annapolis.

Maryland Lawmaker Criticizes Baker's Proposal To Raise Taxes For Schools In Prince George's County

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants a roughly 15 percent hike for next year, but a fellow Democrat in Prince George's County is trying to stop him.

One Person Dead Outside NSA Gates At Fort Meade, Maryland

Two people are being treated for injuries outside the gates at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County Monday norning, though details are forthcoming.

Metro Tries To Move Buses Faster Without Dedicated Lanes

In an effort to get you where you're going faster, D.C. transit officials are pushing tactics like headway management and traffic signal prioritization to make buses a better, more reliable transportation option.

Faulty Police Database Could Compromise Dozens Of Criminal Cases In D.C.

Problems with a database used by D.C. Police prevented information from being shared with prosecutors in dozens of police cases — it could result in dismissals.

Proposal To Raise Property Taxes In Prince George's County Draws Criticism

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants schools in his county to be as good as those in Montgomery and Fairfax Counties, which he says justifies a much-derided proposal to raise taxes.