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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Virginia Drone Legislation Puts A Veto In Plain Sight

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is pushing for more oversight of how Virginia law enforcement uses drone aircraft. But Gov. Terry McAuliffe opposes the latest proposal put forth by the General Assembly.

Bowser Appoints New Deputy Mayor To Focus On 'Economic Opportunity'

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has created a new senior-level position to focus on neighborhoods in the city where poverty and unemployment have remained high and educational achievement and development low.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

University Of Virginia Announces New Sexual Misconduct Policy

With no fanfare, the University of Virginia has announced a new sexual misconduct policy, prompted by a federal investigation.

Things Get Personal Over Letter Asking Hogan To Impose Travel Ban To Indiana

Maryland Democrat Richard Madaleno penned a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan asking him to impose a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to the state's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," but ruffled feathers with a reference to the First Lady.

Musician Joni Mitchell Is ‘Awake And In Good Spirits’ In Intensive Care

No other details have emerged about why the 71-year-old singer required medical attention.

Bi-County Parkway Project In Northern Virginia Hits A Snag — In Richmond

The state Department of Transportation will not pursue the project in Prince William and Loudoun counties, but that doesn't mean it's dead yet.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 1, 2015

A local artist gets the attention he craved more than 40 years ago. A play reinterprets history and religion.

Industrial Hemp Legalization Bill Gains Support In Maryland Legislature

The state House has approved a measure that essentially would legalize industrial hemp production whenever the federal government does.

Streetcar, 'Accountability' Among Key Points Of Bowser Address

D.C.'s new mayor said the H Street streetcar would survive and that "accountability" — from police, politicians and other officials — would be a defining aspect of her administration.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Maryland Couple Shows Rushing Into Marriage Not Always A Bad Idea

In March, Margaret Berry pledged her eternal devotion to Frank May, in an intimate wedding ceremony in Easton, Maryland. What set these nuptials apart? Margaret is 90, and Frank is 93.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Legal Cloud Lifts For Controversial Alexandria Waterfront Plan

Thanks to a recent ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond, developers now have a green light to start demolishing a series of old abandoned warehouses and building structures in Alexandria that are much larger than what's there now.

D.C. Bans Official Travel To Indiana Over Controversial Religious Liberty Law

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has banned all government employees from traveling to Indiana, which recently passed a law that critics say legalizes discrimination against gay and lesbian residents.

Uber Tweaks Airport Pickups To Create 'Virtual Queue'

Faced with rules that prevent its drivers from hanging out on airport property waiting for rides, Uber is tweaking its system for ride-hailing pick-ups at Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

Hogan Getting His Way On Tax Cuts, Though Still Needs House To Go Along

Tax cut measures promoted by Maryland's Republican governor have made their way through the Senate, but now they need to get past Democrats in the House of Delegates.

D.C. Attorney General Signs Off On $20M Plan For All-Boys Preparatory School

A program designed to help black and Latino boys in D.C. drew accusations earlier this year that it violated gender equality, but Attorney General Karl Racine dimissed such concerns.

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