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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Maryland Bill Would Protect The Undocumented From Extortion

A bill working its way through the Maryland House of Delegates would make it illegal to extort someone on the basis of their immigration status.

Should 'Right-To-Work' Law Be In Virginia Constitution? GOP Wants It On Ballot

Republicans in Virginia want to enshrine a bill banning mandatory union membership in the state constitution — a move analysts say is intended to increase turnout among the commonwealth's conservative base.

Bowser Unveils Plan To Close D.C. General Homeless Shelter By 2018

The troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General could close as soon as the winter of 2018 under a plan unveiled Tuesday by Mayor Muriel Bowser, with the roughly 280 families occupying it sent instead to "smaller, dignified facilities" located in neighborhoods across the city.

Monday, February 8, 2016

As Cost Remains A Concern, D.C. Legislator Pares Down Paid-Leave Bill

A bill that would give D.C. residents up to 16 weeks of paid family leave has been pared down ahead of a public hearing on Thursday. Now, the bill would offer 12 weeks.

Feds Threaten To Withhold Funding Over Metro Safety Board Foot-Dragging

The threat is the latest move to pressure legislators and bureaucrats in the two states and the District to comply with federal law by forming a Metro Safety Commission.

Officials: Plan Ahead To Avoid Snowy Rush Hour Gridlock

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm watch for late Monday through Tuesday night for north central and northeast Maryland. It could have a big effect come rush hour.

Call To Get All Maryland Students Internet Access Renewed This Year

Should all students in Maryland schools have access to the Internet and other digital resources? One Maryland Senator is taking up the call again this legislative session.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Three African-American Churches Open To Compromise On Shaw Bike Lane

The controversy surrounding the District’s proposals to build a major north-south bike lane through the Shaw neighborhood has taken a civil turn.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Difference In Deadlines: Feds Say Metro Is Late Correcting Array Of Safety Problems

Metro officials believed they were on track to meet more than 70 deadlines on safety problems across rail and bus service but now find themselves behind on some key issues after the FTA revised the timetable.

Friday, February 5, 2016

You've Heard Of UberX. Now D.C. Is Considering Its Own 'Xclass'

Just four years ago D.C. regulators were calling Uber illegal and threatening to shut down the then-upstart ride-hailing app. Fast-forward to 2016, and the D.C. Taxicab Commission, the chief regulator of the city's roughly 6,000 taxis, is trying to not only emulate Uber's all-digital convenience, but offer something better for consumers and drivers alike.

Chinese New Year Celebrations Across D.C. Region To Welcome Year Of The Monkey

From Falls Church to D.C.'s Chinatown, groups will gather this weekend to celebrate the Chinese New Year — and the Year of the Monkey it will usher in.

Maryland's Assault Weapons Ban Cast In Doubt By Court Ruling

A federal appeals court Thursday sent a lower court decision on Maryland's gun control law back for review, a potential blow to the assault weapons ban in the state.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Technical Problems Cause Maryland To Ditch Voting Machines For April Primary

April's primary election in Maryland features several high-profile races, but the long list of candidates is creating a problem for the state's new voting machines.

Hoping to Mount Political Comeback, Gray Confirms Run For D.C. Council

Former D.C. mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday that he will run for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council, the first step towards what he hopes is a political comeback after losing his re-election bid in 2014 to Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Hogan Looks For Middle Ground In Speech, But Democrats Remain Skeptical

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan titled his second State of the State speech "A Middle Temperament," and the Republican stuck mostly to that mantle.