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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

D.C. Grants First Concealed Carry Permits, Ending Decades-Long Prohibition

The Metropolitan Police Department has granted its first concealed carry permits, effectively ending the longstanding ban on carrying handguns in public that was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge last year.

Plan To Limit License Plate Tracking In Virginia Gets Bipartisan Support

Technology allows Virginia police officers to scan the license plates of passing drivers, but lawmakers want to limit how long they're allowed to hold onto that information.

Sinkhole In Bladensburg Swallows Car, Threatens Homes

A watermain break in Bladensburg, Maryland, has created a dangerous situation Tuesday morning, creating a sinkhole that has already swallowed a car.

Snow Prompts School Delays, Late Opening For Federal Government

Some schools are delayed Tuesday morning, others are closed. But by and large, the D.C. region has been spared the worst of the winter weather.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Court Approves McDonnell's Request To Remain Free During Appeal

A federal appeals court is approving former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.

Cuts In Hogan's Budget Are Survivable, Says MoCo Council President

The president of the Montgomery County council is saying that cuts included in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's first budget proposal can be withstood.

White House Incident Prompts Reminder: You Can't Fly A Drone In D.C.

We can't stress this enough: Flying a drone in D.C. is not allowed.

With Hogan Yet To Offer Tax Cuts, Maryland Democrat Moves To Kill Rain Tax

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has said he will cut taxes, but the proposal to get rid of the so-called rain tax is coming from a Democrat.

Bill Requiring Reporting Of Sexual Assaults At Virginia Colleges Moves Forward

A state Senate subcommittee is approving a bill by Republican Sen. Dick Black that would require any employee of a state college or university who learns of such an allegation to report it to a local law enforcement agency within 24 hours.

What's Up With Pop-Ups? Here's A Primer On A Debate That's Reaching New Heights

Just how high should D.C. rowhouses be allowed to grow? It's an issue that has sparked heated debate and spawned a proposal from D.C. to limit the so-called pop-ups in certain neighborhoods.

Drone Found On White House Grounds, Not Regarded As Ongoing Threat

A drone landed in a tree on the White House grounds shortly after 3 a.m. Monday morning, touching off a security response.

Online Sting Nabs 21 Would-Be Sexual Predators In Worcester County

In a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Worcester County police have made a series of arrests on charges from solicitation of a minor to intent to distribute child pornography.

Plan To Offer Free Community College Divides Along Party Lines

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama laid out a plan to offer two years of community college. But at least in Northern Virginia, support for the proposal seems split on partisan lines.

Virginia Ethics Legislation Would Outlaw Secret Meetings

Renewed ethics legislation in the Richmond would ban state funding for travel expenses for legislators attending closed groups like ALEC — a conservative group that has many lawmakers, including House Speaker Bill Howell, among its ranks.

D.C. Missing The Worst Snow; Winter Weather Advisory Through Tuesday

Much of the D.C. region is wet this morning, and while our neighbors to the north are preparing for potentially historic snowfalls, D.C. should only get a couple inches.