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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wherever D.C. Is Wild, Biologists Will Have A Plan For Action

Most states have a plan for protecting wildlife, especially species that are becoming increasingly rare. The District of Columbia lacks any such policy, but a new Wildlife Action Plan, in theory, will fill that void.

Tax Increase Plan For Schools Is Shelved By Prince George's County Leader

County Executive Rushern Baker says he was too aggressive in his plan for a property tax increase of more than 15 percent to add $133 million to the education budget.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Buying The Farm In Arlington: County Leaders To Sell Historic Reevesland

Leaders in Arlington County are taking action to sell a historic property — a move that has neighbors in the Bluemont neighborhood up in arms.

On Budget Day, Court Ruling Seems To Favor D.C. Budget Autonomy

A court ruling on Wednesday seemed to favor D.C. budget autonomy, but legal uncertainty remains before city officials can spend locally raised dollars more freely.

D.C. Council Approves Budget That Increases Spending On Homeless, Housing

The 2016 D.C. budget approved by legislators increases spending for homeless services and to protect affordable housing, drawing plaudits from advocates who more often find themselves fighting for funding.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 27, 2015

Life is hard, confusing, funny and devastating. You can see two plays that focus on characters who are just trying to figure things out.

Not All Cattle Farmers In Virginia Are Embracing State's Stream-Fencing Program

A program intended to keep streams cleaner — and ultimately improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay — isn't catching on with all of the Virginia cattle farmers that it was supposed to attract.

In Prince George's County, No Consensus On Tax Increase For Schools

Some older, more conservative voters are lining up against the proposal, while younger families, particularly minorities, say the extra money is crucial.

D.C. Asks Judge To Stay Ruling That Tossed Out Key Part Of Concealed Carry Law

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday asked a federal judge to stay a recent ruling that invalidated a key provision of the city's new concealed carry law, saying that not doing so could increase the number of concealed guns carried in D.C. and threaten public safety.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

$62 Million Later, Road Project Goes From 'Complaints' To 'Compliments'

Smiling Northern Virginia politicians snipped a red ribbon along Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County, now four lanes wide instead of two, fresh asphalt for commuters traveling between U.S. 50 and Route 29.

Competitive Northern Virginia Seat Takes International Flair

The campaign for the seat of David Ramadan reflects the increasingly diverse demographics of Loudoun County.

Pot May Have Been Decriminalized In Maryland, But Bongs Are Still Illegal

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a bill decriminalizing the possession of drug paraphernalia in the state. So while possessing 10 grams of pot won't get you in trouble, holding a bong will.

Mendelson Dumps Bowser's Sales Tax Hike, But Gives On Most Everything Else

Despite scrapping a proposed increase in the sales tax, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said on Tuesday that Mayor Muriel Bowser would get most of what she wanted in her 2016 budget.

Virginia Has Highest Rate Of Uninsured In The Country

The number of people without health insurance is on the decline across the country, but lagging behind other states is Virginia, where 14 percent of the population is without insurance.

New Transit App, Split, Pushes User To Share The Backseat

A new entrant into the growing world of on-demand transportation apps in the District uses sustainability as its pitch — with users sharing the ride with others going the same direction.