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Monday, March 30, 2015

Maryland Lawmaker Criticizes Baker's Proposal To Raise Taxes For Schools In Prince George's County

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants a roughly 15 percent hike for next year, but a fellow Democrat in Prince George's County is trying to stop him.

One Person Dead Outside NSA Gates At Fort Meade, Maryland

Two people are being treated for injuries outside the gates at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County Monday norning, though details are forthcoming.

Metro Tries To Move Buses Faster Without Dedicated Lanes

In an effort to get you where you're going faster, D.C. transit officials are pushing tactics like headway management and traffic signal prioritization to make buses a better, more reliable transportation option.

Faulty Police Database Could Compromise Dozens Of Criminal Cases In D.C.

Problems with a database used by D.C. Police prevented information from being shared with prosecutors in dozens of police cases — it could result in dismissals.

Proposal To Raise Property Taxes In Prince George's County Draws Criticism

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants schools in his county to be as good as those in Montgomery and Fairfax Counties, which he says justifies a much-derided proposal to raise taxes.

Retired Virginia Marines Win National DanceSport Championships

The National DanceSport Championships were held in Maryland this weekend, and a pair of retired Marine Lieutenant Colonels bested other groups several years their junior.

Will McAuliffe Make Good On Campaign Promises In Virginia?

Virginia lawmakers will be back in session next month, and the governor will try once again to deliver on the campaign promises that were central to his campaign.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Virginia Lawmakers Push For Strictest Limits On Police Surveillance In U.S.

Virginia lawmakers say they have the votes to overturn amendments Governor Terry McAullife made to legislation putting limitations on how the government can use surveillance technology.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hundreds Brave Frigid Temperatures To Celebrate Kite Festival

There was plenty of wind to lift kites of all shapes and sizes at the National Blossom Kite Festival Sunday; at least for those who could brave the cold.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kojo In Anacostia

The Kojo Nnamdi Show broadcasted a series of shows live from the Southeast D.C. neighborhood. Hear them all here.

Work To Erase Radio Dead Zones In Metro Tunnels To Take Years

The transit system is ready to award contracts to improve its underground emergency radio infrastructure. The work will be a major project, and a necessary one, officials say.

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After L'Enfant Incident, Metro Releases Safety Video

A new safety video produced by Metro tells passengers what and what not to do in the event of an incident like January's deadly electrical malfunction that filled a Yellow Line train at L'Enfant Plaza with smoke.

Bowser Pick For Metro Board Seeks Peace With Transit Worker Union

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s appointee to represent the District on Metro’s board of directors is reaching out to the transit authority’s largest labor union in a bid to answer questions about his business background amid accusations of anti-labor bias.

Proposal Would Apply Maryland Sales Tax To Online Hotel Bookings

A bill making its way through Maryland's General Assembly would apply the state sales tax to hotel bookings made through sites like Orbitz and Travelocity, but will the anti-tax Republican governor sign off on it?

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