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Monday, November 17, 2014

With Comstock Moving Up, Virginia Parties Pick Candidates To Replace Her

Democrats and Republicans in Virginia have selected candidates for a January special election to fill the seat vacated by Representative-elect Barbara Comstock.

Washington Wizards Owner Confirms Interest In Stand-Alone Training Facility

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis confirmed that he is hoping to build a stand-alone training facility for the team somewhere in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

Next Legal Shot Fired As D.C. Appeals Handgun Carry Ruling

Lawyers for the District have appealed a late-July ruling that overturned the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns in public.

National Children's Museum To Return To D.C. After Two Years At National Harbor

Two years ago, the National Children's Museum left H Street for the greener pastures of the National Harbor, but a 

Metro Chairman Pushes For Increase In Public Transit Benefits

For federal employees, the maximum monthly parking subsidy is $250, compared to just $130 for public transit. Metro Chairman Tom Downs wants to see those numbers match.

'House Of Cards' A Loser For Maryland Taxpayers?

House of Cards may be set in D.C., but it's filmed in neighboring Maryland, where a new report finds tax credits for the show's production are not a net winner for the state as a whole.

Poultry Report Outlines Costs Of Maryland's New Phosphorus Regulations

In an effort to limit phosphorus runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland environmental groups have sought to limit the use of litter from poultry farms as fertilizer. A new report outlines just how much that would cost.

Can Virginia Lawmakers Compromise On New Congressional District Lines?

A federal court has ordered that Virginia's congressional district lines be reviewed, but the Democratic governor and Republican state legislature only have until April to get the job done, or a court will do it for them.

Election Over, D.C. Workers Keep Counting Ballots — Thousands Of Them

The campaign signs are coming down and D.C. residents are moving on with their lives, but election workers are still counting tens of thousands of ballots cast on Nov. 4.

Listen As Kids Review Bao Bao And The Giant Pandas At The National Zoo

Giant pandas have been the toast of D.C. since Tian Tian and Mei Xiang arrived in 2000, but Bao Bao is the real star, as some articulate young visitors explain.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

More Than 210,000 Virginians Support 'Clean Power Plan'

Federal regulations announced earlier this year by the EPA aim to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 — despite protests from industry groups, many Virginians registered comments supporting the plan.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Muslim Holiday Might Become A Day Off In Montgomery County Schools

If demographics deem it necessary, the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Adha could become a day off for students in Montgomery County.

Antares Rocket Explosion Hasn't Stopped Its Manufacturer From Getting NASA Contracts

NASA has announced that Orbital Sciences, maker of the Antares Rocket that recently exploded off Wallops Island, has won a potential $186.3 million contract to operate the space agency's balloon program.

Software On Metro Farecard Machines Upgraded After SmarTrip Scam Uncovered

A recent scam that allowed Metro users to charge their SmarTrip cards but still walk away with cash caused the transit agency to upgrade the software on all the system's farecard machines.

This Week On Metro Connection: D.C. Tech

Washington may be known as a government town — but plenty of people say it's becoming a major hub for technology, as well.

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