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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As D.C. Expands Use Of Body Cameras, Bowser Moves To Limit Access To Video

D.C. residents will soon be recorded by police officers outfitted with body-worn cameras, but Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make it impossible for those residents to get copies of those recordings.

Body Cameras Get Temporary Approval In Maryland For This Year

Deadly encounters between police and the communities they serve have put a renewed focus on the use of body cameras on police. Lawmakers in Maryland have given a temporary reprieve on the state's wiretapping laws while a commission comes up with clearer rules.

On National Mall, A Museum Building Prepares To Reopen Its Doors

The Arts and Industries Building is scheduled to be open for events in late 2015.

The Lucky 7000? Metro's New Cars Make Their First Trips

The new railcars are not only better at protecting passengers in a crash, they are supposed to be more reliable than the aging cars Metro expends so much time and energy maintaining.

D.C. Area's Safety Net For Immigrant Children Is Stretched Thin, Report Says

Thousands of children who fled Central American violence have been relocated to the D.C. area, and this wave of immigration is seriously testing the resources of organizations that help such kids navigate life in the United States.

In Maryland General Assembly, Budget Fights Continue To The End

A school funding formula was the main item in dispute as Democrats maneuvered on the state budget before the legislature adjourned Monday night.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fairfax County Lags Neighbors In Police Training To React To The Mentally Ill

Questions continue to linger in Fairfax County about the death of a mentally ill woman in the Fairfax County Jail, and whether training for sheriff's deputies could have prevented it.

Maryland Democrats, Hogan Dig In Heels On Final Day For Budget

Maryland's Republican governor and the state's Democratic leadership are at odds over money being taken out of the state's pension fund with just hours left until the midnight deadline.

Concerns With WINVote Machines Prompts Public Hearing In Virginia

Aging voting machines in Virginia sport inaccurate touchscreens and unsecured wireless networks — something the state department of elections will tackle in public hearings

D.C. Statehood Bill Hits New Record For Cosponsors

The bill by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton now has 113 supporters in the House, and she plans to push for more this week, which includes D.C.'s Emancipation Day holiday.

Sentencing-By-Jury Legislation Is Put On Hold In Maryland

Juries in Maryland still have a say in handing out one sentence: life without parole. Should that power belong only to the judge? Or does it make sense to maintain the status quo? The state Senate has decided that it isn't ready to take a stance on the issue.

Metro's Budget Might Be In The Red, But Experts Say It's Not Totally Off The Rails

Should the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's next leader be looking for light at the end of the tunnel for the system's finances? One analysis says other priorities might be more important.

Pressure Intensifies On Achievement Gap For Latino Students In Montgomery County

Advocates for Latino students say the Maryland school system must do more to fix a "cycle of social exclusion," and whoever replaces Joshua Starr as superintendent must make the issue a priority.

IRS Isn't The Only Place The Phones Are Ringing Ahead Of Tax Day

Members of Congress have been fielding lots of calls in recent weeks as their constituents — and a depleted IRS workforce — try to navigate tax season.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Researchers At Virginia Tech Find Way To Pull Hydrogen From Biomass

A transportation system builty on hydrogen is likely a ways away, but researchers at Virginia Tech say they have solved one of the major roadblocks.