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Friday, September 19, 2014

Virginia Legislators Kill Medicaid Expansion Effort

The Republican majority killed a compromise effort on a 64 to 33 vote. That means no action will be taken to expand Virginia's Medicaid program.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sen. Kaine Proposes Limited Action Against ISIS

The U.S. Senator from Virginia has offered a bill that grants the president the authority to strike ISIS, but it limits it to just one year.

Person Of Interest Sought In Relation To Missing Student Hannah Graham

A man was seen putting his arm around Graham's shoulder around the time she was last heard from.

Watch The First D.C. Mayoral Debate

D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz went head to head Thursday at 7 p.m. at American University, and you can watch it here.

Virginia Lawmakers Not Optimistic About Special Session On Medicaid

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are gaveling into session now to consider expanding Medicaid health insurance to 400,000 Virginians who live in poverty or with disabilities.

Judge Shoots Down D.C. Request That Handgun Ruling Be Stayed Until Appeal

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the city's request for a longer stay of the late-July ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying guns.

New Poll Puts Bowser Ahead By Double Digits In D.C. Mayoral Race

In the race for D.C. mayor, Council member Muriel Bowser has a comfortable lead over Council member David Catania and Carol Schwartz, according to a new NBC poll.

Most Of D.C. Region's Lawmakers Back Plan To Arm Syrian Rebels

The House has passed a bill that authorizes the arming of moderate rebel groups in Syria — it's a vote that most, though not all, local lawmakers supported.

Environmental Design Change Won't Bust Silver Line Budget, Says MWAA

The cost of complying with regulations on stormwater runoff in Virginia will not put Silver Line Phase II to Dulles Airport over-budget, according to an MWAA official.

McAuliffe Legacy At Stake In Special Session On Medicaid Expansion In Virginia

Virginia lawmakers are returning to Richmond through Friday, and the big question is whether Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be able to deliver on his campaign promises working with a Republican legislature.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Parents Fear Foul Play In Disappearance Of 18-Year-Old Hannah Graham

Graham, an 18-year-old student at University of Virginia, hasn't been heard from since Saturday morning.

D.C. Council To Take Up Bill Allowing Residents To Carry Concealed Handguns

Next week the D.C. Council will vote on an emergency bill that will allow residents to carry handguns outside their homes, though it will impose significant restrictions on who can carry and where they can go with their gun.

Opponents Of D.C. Marijuana Legalization Launch Campaign

Opponents of a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana and allow D.C. residents to grow up to six plants in their homes today launched their campaign against the measure, urging residents to vote it down on Nov. 4.

Ferguson Shooting Sparks Town Hall Discussion About D.C. Policing

Concerns about D.C. police and and their perceived discriminatory practices were the topic of conversation at a town hall in Anacostia on Tuesday night in the wake of the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Miss.

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