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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maryland Universities Raise Tuition After Budget Cuts

This semester, students at several public universities in Maryland will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets for tuition.

Virginia Aims To Crack Down On Rising Heroin Use

Attorney General Mark Herring says dealing with the growing problem of heroin addiction will be one of his chief priorities this session.

McAuliffe Hospitalized For Injury Suffered During Holiday Horse Ride Fall

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in the hospital after an earlier incident where he was thrown from a horse, breaking seven ribs.

Maryland Senator Introduces Bill To Allow Terminally Ill To Take Own Lives

Following the lead of states like Oregon and Washington, a Maryland state senator has introduced a "Death with Dignity" bill that would make it legal for terminally ill patients to take their own lives.

Despite Scandals, Virginia Lawmakers Struggle With Proposed Limits On Gifts

Members of Virginia's General Assembly are talking about creating new limitations on gifts to elected officials. But reforming the system might not be as easy as making a few simple changes.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Commentary: For Maryland's New Governor, A Message About Clean Air And Climate Change

Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, urges Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan to remember Maryland's history of bipartisan action on clean-air legislation.

Remove Md. Governor From Process For Releasing Parole-Eligible Lifers, Groups Say

Maryland is one of the few states where the governor must sign off on the release of inmates serving parole-eligible life sentences. Activists want to change that.

Memorial Service Held For Carol Glover, Who Died During Metro Smoke Incident

Hundreds of mourners gathered inside a Northeast D.C. church Monday morning to remember the woman who died last week aboard a smoke-filled Yellow Line train at Metro's L'Enfant Plaza station.

Civil Rights Group Calls On Redskins To Change Team Name

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a prominent civil rights group that's closely connected to the NFL, is calling on the Washington Redskins and team owner Dan Snyder to change the team's name.

Washington And Lee Students Will Have Off MLK Day — Starting Next Year

Schools around the country are closed today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, but undergraduate students at Washington and Lee University are expected to attend class on the Lexington, Virginia, campus.

D.C. Fire Blames Metro For Communication Breakdown During Fatal Incident

As lawmakers prepare to meet with safety officials Wednesday, a report by D.C. fire officials blames Metro for the communication breakdown during the incident on the train last week.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Where To Look For MLK 'Day Of Service' Activities Monday

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service has become a staple in the D.C. area — here are some resources to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

D.C. Report Says Firefighters Had Trouble Communicating During Metro Incident

An initial report on the response by D.C. firefighters to the smoke-filled Yellow Line train on Monday confirms that first responders had difficulty communicating by radio as they traveled through Metro tunnels on their way to evacuating the passengers.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Report Raises More Questions About Deadly Metro Incident

Federal investigators have released a preliminary report that is raising more questions about why rescuers could not promptly reach trapped passengers aboard Metro's Yellow Line at L'Enfant Plaza station Monday.

DDOT Hits 'Reset Button' On Streetcar Project

D.C.'s long-delayed streetcar line along H Street NE has a new boss, and he is taking a different approach to getting it ready for passengers.