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Monday, January 11, 2016

LISTEN: WAMU Series Prompts Several Reform Efforts In Virginia

In Virginia, lawmakers are about to gather in Richmond for a 60-day General Assembly session. They'll be considering everything from cracking down on payday loans to opening up availability of concealed carry permits.

George Washington University To Rescind Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

George Washington University President Steven Knapp announced the decision in a statement, saying the degree has become a cause for stress among students and alumni who were themselves the victims of sexual assault.

Should Nation's Top Colleges Include 'Poverty Preference' In Admissions?

The head of one of the largest scholarship programs in the country is urging administrators at the most elite colleges to change the way they admit students to counterbalance the advantages brought by alumni and sports preferences.

LISTEN: McAuliffe Announces New Predatory Lending Crackdown In Virginia

Virginia's governor was on Morning Edition on Monday to announce a new plan to curb predatory lending in the commonwealth ahead of the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

How Can Maryland Improve Policing? Work Group To Release Recommendations

A group of legislators that convened after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody last year is expected to release recommendations for lawmakers to pick up during the upcoming General Assembly session.

D.C. Taxi Drivers Accuse Police Of Harassment In Barrage Of Tickets

Officers in MPD's Fifth District have written tickets for cab drivers amounting to $250,000 in penalties — more than three times the rest of the city combined. Cabbies want it to stop.

Friday, January 8, 2016

ICE Raids Sow Fear Among Central Americans In The D.C. Area

What happens after federal immigration enforcement agents raid a local apartment building? WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull talks to residents and activists about the effects of recent ICE activity.

Cab Companies Get More Mandates, While Little Pressure On Uber, Lyft To Expand Wheelchair-Friendly Service

Cab companies in the District are being required to increase their fleet of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, but critics including disability rights advocates say ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft aren't doing their part.

Was Pepco's $25M Deal For DC United Naming Rights A Case Of 'Pay-To-Play?'

Pepco is paying D.C. $25 million for naming rights around the planned site of a new stadium for DC United. Critics allege the sponsorship agreement is about more than soccer — they connect it to the proposed merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon.

Data From Loyalty Oath Could Give Virginia GOP An Edge — If They Can Get It

Supporters of Donald Trump have criticized a proposed loyalty oath for Republican primary voters because it would discourage independents — but the real price for the GOP could be the trove of voter data it could provide.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Maryland Gov. Hogan Proposes Tax Cuts, GCEI Funding In Budget

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's priorities for this year's General Assembly session came into focus Thursday, when the governor released his spending plan for the state in Annapolis.

Maryland Near Top Of Education Rankings, But Do Grades Mask Poverty Gap?

Education Week put our their annual "Quality Counts" report this week, grading states on their efforts to improve public education. But researchers caution that rising tides do not raise all boats.

Hogan, With Popularity In His Favor, Prepares For Year Two As Governor

The Republican is widely popular despite Maryland's overwhelmingly Democratic electorate. He'll announce his 2016 agenda Thursday afternoon in Annapolis.

More Rides, Shorter Trips: Agency Offers 3 Plans To Improve Northeast Corridor

Efforts to improve the Northeast rail infrastructure used by Amtrak and other passenger lines will take many years and billions of dollars, but the federal government is now weighing its options.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Virginia Decision On Out-Of-State Gun Permits Draws Questions From Kansas

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is requesting an explanation of Virginia's legal reasoning for not honoring concealed carry firearm licenses from other states.