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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Low-Wage Workers In D.C. Making Less Now Than Before Recession

A new report from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute finds that a strong recovery for high-wage earners has overshadowed losses faced by lower-wage workers in the District between 2007 and 2013.

After White House Crash, Drone Maker To Disable Flights Over Washington

If you didn't already know that flying a drone above the nation's capital is a big no-no, at least one producer will help you by making it impossible to even fly one in Washington's prohibited skies.

College Presidents' Papers Should Be More Open To Public, Va. Lawmakers Say

Bipartisan legislation in Virginia would spike an exemption for top college officials under the commonwealth's Freedom of Information Act.

Maryland's E-Cigarette Ban For Minors Could Expand Under Senator's Bill

The state banned e-cigarette sales to minors three years ago, but the law left some unfinished business, one Democrat says.

Smithsonian Prepares To Reach Across The Pond

The institution's Board of Regents has voted in favor of opening a 40,000-square-foot gallery in London.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Drilling Off Virginia Coast Could Harm Neighboring States, Cardin Says

The Obama administration has decided to open up the Atlantic states to offshore drilling, a move that is not playing well among East Coast democrats like U.S. Sen. Cardin (D-MD).

Citizens United Decision Turns 5, And Some Md. Lawmakers Hope It Doesn't See Another Year

On the fifth anniversary of the landmark "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling, some Maryland lawmakers are pushing the state to become the fourth in the U.S. to call for a constitutional convention in hopes of reversing the decision.

D.C.'s Settlement With Firefighters Could Come With Enormous Price Tag

The D.C. government has lost a long-running legal dispute over the overtime costs of firefighters. The settlement could cost the city up to $50 million and hamstring efforts to balance the budget.

Amber Alert Issued For Missing Infant Last Seen In Poolesville

Police say Drew Marie Denny was abducted by force Tuesday afternoon.

Bowser Meets Boehner On Capitol Hill, Hopes For Better Communication

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser trekked up to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to talk about the city’s plight in Congress with Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Bill To Regulate Uber And Lyft Moves Forward In Virginia

Legislation to regulate Uber and Lyft is moving forward in Virginia's General Assembly.

Family Of Woman Who Died On Smoke-Filled Metro Trains Plans Lawsuit

The family of Carol Glover, who died on a smoke-filled Yellow Line Metro train earlier this month, is planning on filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the transit agency.

Malfunctioning Traffic Cameras Help Fuel D.C. Budget Deficit

Problems with some of D.C.'s many speed cameras have pushed the city $40 million into the red.

Montgomery County Officials Explain Silence On 'Free Range Parenting' Story

The story of a Silver Spring family caused a stir earlier this month when it was reported that the parents were being investigated by Child Protective Services for letting their children walk to the park.  One county official explains their lack of response.

Absenteeism Common In D.C.'s Head Start Programs, Report Finds

A report on absentee rates in D.C.'s Public Schools' early education programs find that while attendance is improving, as many as a quarter of students missed a month or more of class.