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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Arlington County To Weigh Closing Artisphere

Arlington's Artisphere is on the chopping block, as county officials decide whether the art center is worth the $1 million a year it costs to run it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

New Measure Aims To Train Cops On Policing People With Disabilities

The measure is in response to the death of Ethan Saylor, a man with Down Syndrome who died at the hands of Frederick County sheriff's deputies two years ago.

Hello, Goodbye: Pair Of Virginia Delegates Depart After Short Careers In Richmond

Some members of the Virginia's General Assembly are throwing in the towel, deciding against seeking reelection. — and some of them haven't been around for very long.

Congressional Republicans Move To Undo Two D.C. Bills Targeting Discrimination

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are considering legislation that would unwind two local anti-discrimination laws recently enacted by the D.C. Council.

How The D.C. Region Became Among The Most Uber-Friendly In The U.S.

With regulation for ride-hailing apps passed in D.C., Virginia and now Maryland, the National Capital region is among the most favorable in the country for the likes of Uber. But why here and not elsewhere?

Lawmakers Weigh Responses After Gyrocopter Lands On Capitol Grounds

How was it that Florida mailman Doug Hughes was able to fly onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last week? That's an answer lawmakers are seeking to answer.

Montgomery County's Jamie Raskin To Run For Congressional Seat

Openings at the top of the Democratic political ladder in Maryland are filtering down, clearing the way for Montgomery County state senator Jamie Raskin to make a bid for Congress.

Ethics Reform Bill In Virginia Fixes Gift Limit At $100, Falls Short Of Expectations

Starting this summer, Virginia lawmakers will have a $100 per year limit on gifts, but critics say the lack of oversight into campaign spending and the absence of subpoena power for the newly-established Ethics Council is disappointing.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Morale Is Low Among Government Workers, But What Can Be Done?

Lawmakers are awaiting the results of a Government Accountability Office on low morale across federal agencies. But can Congress help fix a problem they played a large part in creating?

D.C. Fire And EMS Bringing Back Entrance Exam For New Recruits

There are 150 vacancies for D.C. first responders, and as part of the push for recruiting, they will be going back to using entrance exams.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Math Is Everywhere, But Especially On National Mall This Weekend

The first National Math Festival of its kind comes to the District Saturday, taking over the National Mall and Smithsonian museums.

Virginia Lawmakers Putting Final Touches On Ethics Reform Package

In Richmond, Virginia, lawmakers assembled at the Capitol Friday to put the final touches on an ethics reform package crafted as the result of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction for corruption and conspiracy.

Transportation Secretary Calls On Congress To Fix Highway Funding Quandary

The federal fund that pays for road and transit projects is scheduled to run out of money in July — two months later than expected — and the Obama administration's top transportation official is once again calling on Congress to find a long-term solution.

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Sen. Kaine: No Bi-County Parkway Without 'Community Consensus'

The Virginia Democrat says nobody is telling him that the controversial road project is a priority.

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