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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bed Tax Or Provider Assessment? Different Sides Use Different Language In Virginia

A plan to help fund care for people without health insurance in Virginia by charging fees on hospitals has gained an important new ally.

Overriding Hogan's Vetoes An Early Focus For Maryland General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly voted Wednesday to override three of the vetoes handed down by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, including provisions on voting rights for felons and decriminalizing marijuana paraphernalia.

School Closures Jan. 21

A light snow on Wednesday night resulted in slick road conditions for the evening commute and more than a few weather closings and delays, as our partners at The Washington Post have been updating.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Says He Might Not Block Attempts To Stop I-66 Toll Lanes

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is indicating he may not oppose state legislators' efforts to block tolls on I-66, which are supposed to begin charging motorists on the inside-the-Beltway portion of the highway in 2017, if they send such legislation to his desk.

LISTEN: All Signs Point To A Big Snowstorm In D.C. Region

Wednesday night's snow was small but disruptive. Angela Fritz of the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang joins Jonathan Wilson to explain where this weekend's bigger cold blast is coming from, and why chances for a huge storm are looking strong.

As D.C. Braces, Kentucky And Tennessee Feeling Effects Of Winter Weather

As the South and East prepared for a nor'easter with the potential for significant snowfall by week's end, snow began to blanket much of Kentucky and Tennessee and contributed to at least one traffic-related death Wednesday.

Virginia Senate Chamber Has Long Tradition Of Press Availability

The tradition of press access to the floor of the Virginia Senate goes back more than a century, but the recent move by state Republicans to banish journalists to the public viewing area is not actually without precedent.

For First Time, D.C. Can Fine Residents Who Don't Shovel Sidewalks After Storm

The new law is simple: Property owners and businesses have to clear their sidewalks to a width of 36 inches within a period of eight daylight hours after the end of a storm.

Metro's New Boss Wades Into Orange Line Morning Mess To See Problems First-Hand

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld joined Congressman Gerry Connolly for a shoulder-to-shoulder ride with commuters on the Orange Line Tuesday, to get a first-hand look at the problems faced by riders.

How Can Virginia Improve Poor Record On Transparency?

Virginia gets consistently poor marks from the Center for Public Integrity in its annual reports. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to tackle this in different ways.

Just Who Can Save A Pet From A Hot Car? Maryland Bill Expands Power To Everyone

Even though it's illegal to leave a cat or dog unattended in a car in Maryland, only law enforcement and first responders have immunity from damages caused by breaking in to save an animal. That could soon change.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tempers Flare in Virginia Senate Over Revoked Press Access

A decision to bar reporters from the floor of the Virginia State Senate provoked inter-party sniping that reached a boiling point on Tuesday.

To Reverse Ridership Declines, Metro Pins Hopes On Development Around Stations

Problems with reliability have helped drive commuters away from using Metro, but the transit agency now hopes that more development around stations will help reverse declines in ridership.

Is Virginia's Legislature Ready To Take On The Car-Title Lending Industry?

The Republican-led legislature previously has resisted efforts to overhaul the industry, but so far this year seems different.

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