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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Infant Mortality Rate Declines In Virginia

Nearly 200 more babies a year are making it to their first birthday.

How Should Virginia Tackle Ethics Reform?

Legislators are about to start taking action to tighten Virginia's notoriously lax rules on taking gifts and making disclosures. But nailing down specifics is a bit tricker.

Three Days Of Services Planned For Marion Barry

The former four-term mayor and D.C. Council member will lie in repose in the Wilson Building for 24 hours, after which services will take place at a church and the Washington Convention Center.

Departing Texas Republican Wants Firing Range In D.C., No Traffic Cameras

Though Congress is in the closing weeks of its current session, one departing Texas Republican has introduced a pair of last-ditch bills targeting the District of Columbia.

Bowser Removes Reeves Center From D.C. United Stadium Deal

A pair of D.C. Council committee on Tuesday approved the $300 million deal for a new D.C. United stadium, but dropped a proposed land swap and instead authorized the use of eminent domain to acquire the needed land.

Virginia To Reconsider Standardized Tests

A Virginia committee has laid out 12 ways that schools in the commonwealth can move away from teaching to the test.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

D.C. Council Tables Bike Crash Liability Bill Until 2015

Bicyclists and pedestrians in Washington will have to wait until 2015 for help when it comes to collecting compensation for injuries sustained in traffic crashes.

D.C. Protestors Call For Police Accountability In Wake Of Darren Wilson Decision

Protesters downtown Tuesday called for changes to D.C. police policy, including the creation of a citizen review board that would have the ability to fire officers who use excessive force.

MoCo Council Member Wants To Treat E-Cigarettes Like The Real Thing

Montgomery County councilwoman Nancy Floreen says e-cig users should not be allowed to smoke them in places where traditional cigarettes are already banned.

D.C. Council Tweaks Concealed Carry Bill, But Legal Challenges Remain

A D.C. Council committee today made small tweaks to the bill that allows residents to apply for concealed carry permits, but the changes are unlikely to mollify gun advocates who say the permitting scheme is so restrictive that it borders on the unconstitutional.

At Annual Turkey Giveaway, Residents Warmly Remember Barry

The turkey giveaway in Ward 8 went on as it had for years past, but for one thing: the man who gave away the turkeys.

D.C. Libertarian Party Fails To Maintain Ballot Access

The D.C. Libertarian Party's brief tenure as a major political party in the city is over, meaning no more primaries and tougher rules for ballot access.

D.C. Student Groups Push Schools To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Students concerned about how their schools are contributing to climate change are pushing for divestment from fossil fuels, but at least at American University, the results have been mixed.

Listen: Civil Rights Lawyer Reacts To Ferguson Verdict

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, explains why she blames the prosecutor, and not the grand jury, for the lack of an indictment in Ferguson.

Marion Barry Staffer: 'No One Wants To Let Him Go'

People across the city are still reeling from the death of former mayor Marion Barry, but those who worked with Barry each day inside his council offices are among those feeling his absence most acutely.

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