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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Beekeepers Push To Ban Pesticide They Identify In Hive Collapses In Maryland

Farmers and gardeners in Maryland use pesticides classed as neonicotinoids because they aren't toxic to humans, but the effects on the state's bee population has been devastating.

Bowser Feeling Heat For Canceling Art Museum Project At Franklin School

Critics are scratching their heads over Mayor Bowser's decision to cancel the contract for the contemporary arts museum project at the Franklin School.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bill Could Open Door To Junk Food Sales At Virginia Schools

Virginia schools could hold numerous fundraisers per year selling food that doesn't meet nutritional guidelines under legislation that has passed both houses of the General Assembly.

Virginia Moves To Lift Ban On Brass Knuckles And Other Exotic Weapons

Virginia lawmakers are taking action to overturn a longstanding ban on selling blackjacks, brass knuckles, throwing stars and ballistic knives.

Snow Day! For Everyone But Maryland's General Assembly, That Is

Federal and local governments were closed today because of the snow, but the Maryland General Assembly stayed open — and the Senate gave preliminary approval to a slew of bills.

Virginia Senate Approves Bill Shrouding Lethal Injection Cocktail In Secrecy

A controversial bill headed to the Virginia House of Delegates is aimed at making sure the Commonwealth's Department of Corrections can secure the three-drug cocktail used for lethal injections, while keeping the suppliers secret.

Winter Storm Prompts Snow Emergency, Closing Schools And Federal Government

It's a snow day in the District as several inches of snow overnight have prompted the federal government and most schools to close, also slowing down Metro service.

Bowser Asks Judge For Time To Consider Options On Budget Autonomy Vote

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked a judge to give her 30 days to consider her position on the legality of a 2013 voter referendum that would have granted city officials more flexibility in spending locally raised revenue.

Monday, February 16, 2015

As Storm Approaches, Region's Officials Ask Drivers To Stay Off Roads

A winter storm that's expected to dump between four and eight inches of snow on the region has officials in D.C., Maryland and Virginia asking motorists to stay off the road and move parked cars off of emergency routes.

Effort To End Mandatory Minimum Sentences Gains Bipartisan Support

Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that is looking to give judges more discretion on sentencing.

Washington Monument Has Shrunk, Though Not By Much

Surveyors have released a new official architectural height for the Washington Monument, and they found that lightning strikes may have melted the obelisk by as much as half an inch.

D.C. Not Moving Fast Enough To Add Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs, Advocates Say

Just 20 of 6,000 taxicabs in D.C. were wheelchair accessible last year, and advocates for the disabled say new regulations to add to that number just aren't fast enough.

Cold Snap Triggers D.C.'s Fifth Cold Emergency Alert In February

Temperatures aren't just low in the District — they are downright dangerous and getting worse, prompting another Cold Emergency Alert.

Fairfax Sheriff Criticized For Taser Policy, Lack Of Transparency

The Taser policy at the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is not in line with international standards, critics say, because it does not address how people with mental illness should be treated.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

UVA Researchers Identify Substance That Could Help Halt Cancer's Spread

Scientists at the University of Virginia have identified a substance called Activin A, which helps the spread of lung cancer. It could lead to a blood test for various kinds of cancers.