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Monday, May 11, 2015

With Appeal, Stakes Are High For Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell

The governor's two-year prison sentence is being suspended as the appeal moves forward, so tomorrow's oral arguments represent a make-or-break moment for the embattled McDonnell.

'Not Your District PAC' Takes D.C. Autonomy National

A Political Action Committee based in the District will be targeting members of Congress this campaign season who interfere in D.C. affairs.

Drop Those Sprouts — Virginia Company Issues Recall On Listeria Fears

A state lab found contamination during an analysis of sprout samples from a Virginia company, prompting a regionwide recall.

D.C. Fire Lieutenant To Be Laid To Rest Friday

DC Fire and EMS has announced the funeral arrangements for Lt. Kevin McRae, who died in the line of duty last Wednesday.

Harvest Limit On Chesapeake Menhaden Loosened, But Is It Enough?

Harvest limits on menhaden for commercial fishermen are being loosened in the Chesapeake Bay, even as the Coastal Conservation Commission agreed to start considering the impact on wildlife in future harvest limits.

License Plate Readers Move From Virginia Statehouse To Fairfax Courthouse

A law passed in Virginia this year would allow police to scan your license plate as you drive by, storing the information for two years or more. The ACLU is challenging that law in court.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Three Magi Brought Together At National Gallery

Paintings of the three biblical Magi by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens are reunited at the National Gallery of Art for the first time in more than 130 years.

Prince To Debut 'Baltimore' At 'Rally 4 Peace' Concert

Prince is getting political with his new track "Baltimore," which glitters with lyrics like: "Does anybody hear us pray for Michael Brown or Freddie Gray?"

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A D.C. Law That 'Goes Too Far'

WAMU 88.5 investigative reporter Patrick Madden teamed with the Center For Investigative Reporting's Reveal program and American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop to analyze D.C.'s prosecution of the charge of "assaulting a police officer."

Friday, May 8, 2015

Almost Wiped Out, A Fish Makes A Comeback In The Potomac

A fish that had nearly disappeared from the Potomac River just a few decades ago has made a sustained and measurable comeback: the American Shad.

Maryland Bill Inadvertently Blocks Insurance Benefits For Some Couples Who Need In Vitro Fertilization, AG Says

Maryland's attorney general says an "equality" measure passed by the General Assembly actually creates a very specific "inequality."

Why Some Lawmakers Want To Cool Off National Airport's Growth

Roll Call columnist David Hawkings explains an effort by Northern Virginia's delegation to ensure that Congress doesn't exacerbate the imbalance between the region's two big airports.

Privacy A Major Issue In D.C.'s Discussion Of Police-Worn Body Cameras

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the technology to remove personal information from body-camera footage isn't there yet, and protecting privacy while complying with FOIA laws would take resources the department doesn't have.

Fairfax County School Board Adds Protections For Transgender People

After an acrimonious debate that lasted hours, the Fairfax County School Board voted to added transgender people to the policy that protects students and staff from discrimination.

E-Cigarette Tax In Montgomery County Could Come Sooner Rather Than Later

Legislators in Montgomery County held a hearing and committee meeting this week on a bill that would impose excise taxes on e-cigarettes, putting them on par with traditional tobacco products.

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