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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

LISTEN: How Is Climate Change Affecting D.C.? Capital Weather Gang's Angela Fritz Weighs In

With the summit in Paris this week putting a renewed spotlight on the impacts of climate change, one might wonder: how is a changing climate affecting the D.C. region? Capital Weather Gang's Angela Fritz connects the dots for us.

Is The Bed Tax A Dream Come True For Virginia Governor's Health Care Agenda?

With Republicans retaining control of Virginia's House and Senate, Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to expand Medicaid might seem out of reach. But he's got a plan, and the hospital industry might be willing to accept it.

Same Prices, Same Service Levels Proposed Under Metro's Latest Budget

There is good news for commuters as Metro’s budget season gets underway.

Vital Benefit, Or Job Killer? Sweeping D.C. Paid-Leave Bill Gets First Council Test

A proposal that would give virtually all D.C. workers 16 weeks of paid family leave will be put to its first public test on Wednesday, as three dozen supporters and detractors testify before a D.C. Council committee.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Proposal Seeks To Weaken Special Interests' Influence Over D.C. Elections

In the aftermath of the FreshPAC scandal, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to reduce the impact of high-dollar special interests on local elections. The answer, according to some legislators, is public financing.

D.C. Council Approves Rules Letting Public Access Video From Body-Worn Cameras

The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to rules that give the press and public wide access to footage from body-worn cameras, paving the way for thousands more patrol officers to be outfitted with the cameras.

Platform Crowding Puts Metro 'So Close To A Deadly Incident,' Says Complaint

The Federal Transit Administration is reviewing a rider complaint about dangerously overcrowded platforms on Metro — something that has happened more often with repeated track delays and train breakdowns.

D.C. Sending Delegation To Climate Talks In Paris

Some argue that the real work of addressing climate change happens at the local level, which is why Tommy Wells — D.C.'s director of the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment — is headed to Paris.

Fairfax County School Leaders Brace For Difficult Budget Season

Fairfax County is adding millions of dollars to its school budgets this year, but enrollment on the rise, administrators are making tough decisions about where to cut corners.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Only A Quarter Of D.C. Students Ready For College And Career, Per New Test

A quarter of all third- to eighth-graders in D.C. public and charter schools are considered “on track” for college or a career, according to the results of new, more rigorous tests in English and math.

Pepco-Exelon Again Under The Microscope In D.C.

The proposed merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon will again make their case in front of the D.C. Public Service Commission, but this time there may be support.

Paul Wiedefeld Takes Helm Of Metro, But Don't Expect Immediate Results

Monday marks the first day on the job for Paul Wiedefeld, Metro's new general manager, but many of the problems that hamper the transit system will take some time to fix.

Rising Enrollment In Northern Virginia Schools Outpaces Neighboring Districts

Student enrollment is on the rise across the D.C. region, but not uniformly so — putting more stress on school districts in places like Loudoun County.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Obama Spends Saturday Shopping For Books In D.C. (And He Loves Franzen)

President Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha made a surprise visit to Upshur Street Books, an independent book store in Petworth, on Saturday, picking up nine books for holiday reading.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stiff Competition Emerges In Montgomery County Over Medical Marijuana Licenses

As Maryland ramps up its medical marijuana program, applicants in parts of Takoma Park and Rockville are fighting a stiff battle to get a handful of licenses.