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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Could Hillary Clinton Win Virginia? Poll Puts Her Behind Rubio, Walker, Bush

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday says several Republican presidential candidates might hold the edge in swing state Virginia over Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Kaine Puts Focus On Defense Economy, Personnel In Kojo Nnamdi Interview

The Virginia Democrat, appearing in a special installment of the "Kojo In Your Community" series, emphasized the need for consistent federal budgeting to protect the defense industry, and he said the government should do more to help military personnel and federal workers.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red-Light Tickets In D.C. Are Dropping. Does That Mean Drivers Are Behaving Better?

For years there was a steady increase in red-light camera tickets in D.C. — tens of thousands each year. But in 2014, D.C. police issued close to 80,000 tickets, the lowest level since 2008.

Frederick County Debates Whether To Say 'Hasta Luego' To English-Only Policy

English has been the county's official language since 2012, meaning that official documents are not translated into other languages. Opponents say it's really an anti-immigration statement, and they argued that point at a hearing Tuesday night.

H Street Residents Greet Streetcar News With Skepticism, Hope

The latest word is that the D.C. Streetcar will finally open "within months," but residents of H Street say they have heard it before.

Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter To Preserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit

The space suit that shielded the first human on the surface of the moon is in need of restoration and preservation, so Smithsonian is turning to potential visitors to bankroll what will be the centerpiece of a future exhibit.

Confederate Memorial In Rockville Will Be Moved — But Where?

Residents spilled out of a Rockville City Council meeting Monday to show their support for the removal of a memorial to Montgomery County's Confederate soldiers.

Garrison Keillor Says He's Sure: He's Retiring From 'Prairie Home'

He's said it before, but this time, we are told, it is serious. The creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show is retiring.

Monday, July 20, 2015

MARC Train Collides With Maintenance Vehicle In Silver Spring

No injuries have been reported from the Monday afternoon crash that involved a commuter train and a maintenance vehicle.

To Better Coordinate Responses, Metro Appoints New Safety Liaison

Metro has appointed a new full-time fire/rescue liaison who will work to better coordinate responses to emergencies like the January incident in which a woman was killed after her railcar filled with smoke.

New Efficiency Targets In Maryland Energize Environmental Advocates

The Maryland Public Service Commission will requite electric utilities to find a way to be 2 percent more energy efficient each year, something advocates say is a great idea.

Should Anything Be Done With The Confederate Monument In Rockville?

Local governments around the country are turning renewed scrutiny onto symbols of the Confederacy, including a monument to "the thin gray line" in Rockville, Maryland.

Meet D.C.'s New Streetcar Launch Manager

DDOT is determined not to miss any more deadlines, so they're bringing in Australian rail consultant Tim Borchers to help the streetcar system get over its final hurdles.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Virginia Caregivers Given Help To Do Their Thankless, Underappreciated Jobs

Caregivers do billions of dollars in uncompensated labor for the elderly and infirm, and new legislation in Virginia will help them get training

'Healthy Beverage Index' Developed To Up Your Water Intake

Are you making healthy choices with your daily beverage intake? A new guide developed by Virginia Tech will help you get there.