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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Portion Of U.S. Capitol Closed Due To Asbestos Spill

The House side of the U.S. Capitol building is closed this morning because of an asbestos-related incident.

Portions Of 14th Street Remains Closed In Downtown D.C. Due To Sinkhole

A sinkhole will make the commute into downtown Washington more difficult than usual.

Virginia Democrats And Republicans Fight Over Investigating Senator's Resignation

Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are at odds over the value of investigating the state Senator Phil Puckett, who resigned last month to take a job at a state tobacco commission — and turned the Senate over to Republicans.

Virginia Lawmakers Schedule Special Session To Debate Medicaid Expansion

Republican legislative leaders in Virginia are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Virginia Police Want To Take Explicit Photos Of Teen In Sexting Case

A Virginia teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him.

Ward 8 To Get First Bike Lanes This Summer

The District has more than 70 miles of bike lanes, but none in Ward 8. That will change this summer.

Signs Of The Time: Montgomery County Goes On Campaign Sign-Removal Blitz

The "visual" reminders of last month's primary election in Maryland have been removed in Montgomery County.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Man Visiting D.C. Says He Was Kidnapped By Uber Driver

The man says the Uber driver ran red lights and nearly mowed down pedestrians in his panicked flight from Washington.

Key Civil War Generals The Subject Of New Smithsonian Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery focuses on Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.

Baker, Residents Pay Tribute To Wayne Curry In Prince George's County

Hundreds lined up to this morning in Upper Marlboro to pay their respects to Wayne Curry, the first African-American elected to serve as Prince George's County Executive.

Hogan To Use Public Campaign Funds For Maryland Gubernatorial Run

A Maryland elections board official says Republican Larry Hogan has indicated he will use public campaign finance funds for his general election campaign for governor.

D.C. Alcohol Board Loosens Moratorium On Liquor Licenses In Adams Morgan

After 14 years of not being able to get liquor licenses, new restaurants in Adams Morgan will now be able to sell booze.

At 50, Federal Transit Administration Credited With Growing Public Transit

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Federal Transit Administration, the government agency tasked with promoting and expanding public transit options like buses, trains, ferries, and subways.

Former Prince George's County Executive To Lie In State Today

Former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne Curry's body will lay in state in the first floor lobby of the Prince George’s County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro later today.

It's Summer In The City, But Montgomery County Lawmakers Thinking About Snow

Despite Tuesday's summer heat, lawmakers in Montgomery County had snow on their minds: specifically possible changes to the laws requiring residents and businesses to shovel their walks after a storm.

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