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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Gets Approval To Start Construction

The memorial will sit on a four-acre urban park near Capitol Hill, across from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

In Surprise Move, D.C. Schools Food Vendor Pulls Out Of Contract

The company responsible for providing meals in D.C. public schools surprised city officials on Tuesday by pulling out of its contract, leaving city officials scrambling to find a new provider for meals that will be served to tens of thousands of students across the city in the coming school year.

Regional Officials Urge Metro To Hire General Manager To Address Safety, Finances

Elected leaders in the D.C. region say Metro must hire a general manager as soon as possible.

Virginia Seeks To Extend HOT Lanes In Maryland Over American Legion Bridge

The results of congestion study are in, and Virginia transportation officials are expected to announce their recommendation that the Potomac River crossing at American Legion Bridge be expanded.

Wining And Dining Of Virginia Lawmakers Down, Report Says

Just months after former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was found guilty in a corruption trial, gifts to state lawmakers are down, according to a new report.

Federal Trial Challenging Virginia House Of Delegates Districts Concludes

The shape of Virginia politics could be changed depending on how a three-judge panel rules in a court challenge to the commonwealth's House of Delegates district boundaries.

Monday, July 13, 2015

D.C. Water Bills Will Be Higher Starting This Fall

That extra money will be used to replace the District's outdated water infrastructure, says D.C. Water's George Hawkins.

MoCo Legislators Fight To Stop Cuts To Program To Help Homeless Vets

A recent Supreme Court decision is forcing Montgomery County lawmakers to cut the recently passed county budget, and a program designed to end homelessness among military veterans might be on the chopping block.

McAuliffe: Virginia's Economy Is 'Back'

The governor says the state's revenues are $553 million more than projected for the last fiscal year that ended in June.

Turning To Owls To Figure Out How To Reduce Noise On Wind Farms

One of the big knocks against wind farms is the sheer amount of noise they make, but researchers at Virginia Tech have devised an innovative fix by looking at the stealthy flight of owls.

Metro May Dump New Fare Gate Payment System After Lackluster Trial

Testing for a new, modern fare payment system for Metro has been underway for over three months, but participation in the pilot program has been so underwhelming that the concept itself is under review.

Virginia Parole System May Get A Second Chance After Review

Legislation passed in the '90s mandates that criminals in Virginia prisons serve at least 85 percent of their sentence, but a commission meeting soon will review whether that fails to give prisoners incentives to improve their lot.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

D.C. Ranked Fourth Healthiest Democracy In U.S.

How healthy is our democracy? The liberal-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund puts D.C. above all but three states in the union.

Bill Cosby's Art Collection To Remain On View At Smithsonian

Art belonging to Bill Cosby will remain on display as part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art's 50th anniversary exhibition, despite allegations of sexual misconduct against the comedian.

Emergency Bill Targets D.C. Businesses Selling Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic cannabinoids have caused a spike in overdoses in D.C. and across the country in recent months — something residents have reported seeing firsthand.