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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Colbert To Host 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today that comedian Stephen Colbert will host the 37th annual event.

Gray Vetoes Bill Allowing Humane Society Officers To Use Sirens

Mayor Vincent Gray wielded his veto pen this week, rejecting a bill passed by the D.C. Council that would allow Humane Society officers to use sirens when responding to animal emergencies.

D.C. Statehood Bill Quietly Dies, But Advocates Keep Up Fight

The first D.C. statehood bill to be considered by Congress in two decades isn't go anywhere, according to the senator who introduced it.

Would D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Go To Trial To Fight Corruption Charges?

Following news that he has rejected a plea deal, backers of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray say they expect him to fight corruption charges if federal prosecutors choose to pursue a case against him.

Plan Permits Fracking In Virginia's George Washington National Forest

Reversing a proposal that would have banned fracking in the George Washington National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service will allow it on a limited area of the forest.

Capitol Scaffolding Complete, Clearing Way For Restoration Project To Begin

It's hard to miss the scaffolding that has been erected around the U.S. Capitol dome in recent months, but now that it's complete, workers can get to work fixing the cracks.

Bowser Plans To Get D.C. United Stadium Deal Done — Without Land Swap

D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday that she wants the D.C. United stadium deal done — but without giving up the Reeves Center as part of a land swap.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quoteable: Thoughts On The Washington Football Team's Name

The Public Insight Network asked people nationwide about the name "Redskins." Hundreds responded, and here are some of their thoughts.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

For Insight on Hogan's Anti-Tax Moves, Look At His Transition Team

The inheritance tax, sales taxes and the "rain tax" were targeted in the legislature by one of the governor-elect's top aides.

D.C. Council Passes Bill Changing Civil Asset Forfeiture Rules

The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill changing the rules governing how and when police can seize property and other assets from people accused of a crime.

D.C. To Impose Fines On Residents Who Do Not Clear Snowy Sidewalks

The D.C. Council today voted to change the city's 90-year-old snow-shoveling law, approving a bill that would allow city agencies to impose fines on residents and businesses that don't clear snow from their properties after a storm.

Arlington County Shelves Plans For $333 Million Streetcar System

In several elections, voters sided with anti-streetcar candidates. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette said the project was no longer tenable.

Virginia Faces Calls To Limit Use Of Seclusion And Restraint In Schools

There are no laws on the books in the Commonwealth of Virginia on the use of restraint or seclusion in schools, but a commission is calling on lawmakers to change that.

Uber Seeks Changes To Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi Bill

A bill headed for the D.C. Council's transportation committee would raise the required number of wheelchair-accessible taxis for cab companies in the District, but Uber is balking at the bill's reporting requirements.

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