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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cardin Cheers White House Push For LGBT Protections

A new executive order makes it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against the LGBT community, something Maryland Senator Ben Cardin was quick to praise.

D.C. Tuition Assistance Program Cut In House Budget

Funding for a D.C. college tuition program has been slashed by a third in a new budget, though Eleanor Holmes Norton is confident the Senate will reverse that.

Mizeur Chases History In Democratic Bid For Maryland Governor

Policies like avoiding corporate money and endorsing the legalization of marijuana set Heather Mizeur apart from her gubernatorial competitors, but it's also hard to forget that she would be both Maryland's first female governor and it's first openly gay one.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Interrogation May Produce More False Confessions Among Teens, Study Finds

Routine police interrogation techniques may be to blame for a high rate of false confessions among teenage suspects, according to a new study from social scientists with the University of Virginia.

High Water Bill In Montgomery County? Report Offers Possible Causes

A new report is shedding light on why some Montgomery County residents may be getting particularly high water bills.

DDOT Report Ambiguous On Arkansas Avenue Rush Hour Travel Lane

DDOT has released a safety report for a stretch of Arkansas Avenue that locals say is dangerous. But it doesn't address the key recommendation of reducing the road's northbound side to one lane.

McAuliffe Likely To Go To Battle Over Virginia Budget

One provision in the new Republican budget makes it more difficult for Governor McAuliffe to expand health insurance coverage, taking aim at one of his key priorities.

D.C. Could Rename Two Streets After Pro-Democracy Causes

The D.C. Council is considering two bills that would symbolically rename two streets — one for a Chinese dissident and the other for the city's fight for voting representation in Congress.

After Stunning Departure, Candidates Line Up For Russell County Special Election

State Senator Phil Puckett rewrote the political calculus in Virginia when he announced his retirement earlier this month, and now candidates are throwing their hats in the ring ahead of a special election to fill the slot in August.

Would A Floodwall Keep Old Town Dry?

The Alexandria City Council gave approval to a $5 million floodwall along the city's waterfront, but some critics say the plan won't work as they plan — or could even do more harm than good.

Silver Line May Get Start Date Next Monday; Metro Getting Word Out Now

The opening date for the Silver Line should come out next week, and in the meantime, transit agency officials are trying to get out the word about the best ways to utilize the brand new Metro line.

Brown On Final Stretch Of Campaign: 'Avoid Complacency'

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown remains the frontrunner in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor, but he's still answering questions about his handling of the rollout of Maryland's health exchange website.

Bowser Talks Education, Transportation, Ethics Reform In Bid For Mayor

D.C. Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser lays out her case for which she should take the mantle from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray — and not challengers David Catania or Carol Schwartz.

Stuck In The Middle: Will D.C. Get The New Middle Schools That Some Want?

A D.C. committee exploring changes to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns has proposed up to four new middle schools, but will D.C. ever get around to fulfilling the ambitious plan?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Metro In 'Final Stretch' Before Silver Line Service Starts, Says GM

Metro is expected to announce the start date of Silver Line service to Tysons Corner and Reston one week from today.

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