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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Closure Of 15 D.C. Schools

A federal judge has ruled that the closure of 15 D.C. public schools over the last two years did not violate federal non-discrimination laws.

DNA Evidence Exonerates D.C. Man After 25 Years Behind Bars

Kevin Martin, 50, of D.C. has been cleared of rape and murder charges after DNA evidence was unearthed in police archives that connected the crime with another man.

Judge Says Students, Staff Can Block Corcoran Partition

A judge ruled on Monday that seven current students and one faculty member have standing to challenge the partition of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Transportation Secretaries Past And Present Sign Open Letter To Congress

Congress keeps kicking the transportation funding plan down the road, which has prompted a group of 11 former federal transportation secretaries along with Secretary Anthony Foxx, to call for long-term investment in infrastructure.

Virginia Politics Likely To Be Under Microscope In McDonnell Corruption Trial

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will go on trial next week, and observers expect the defense to cast the Republican as a good man caught up in a corrupt system.

Two Chicken Megafarms Proposed In Delaware

Delaware is already a big state for the poultry industry, but proposals for two new megafarms could take things to the next level.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Judge To Decide Whether Festival Dispute Will Go To Trial

The Summer Solstice Projekt festival was set to be held at in Myersville in June 2009, but police shut it down after receiving numerous noise complaints. An attorney for the festival's organizer says officials didn't meet the legal standard his client was entitled to.

Johns Hopkins Agrees To Settle For $190 Million In Case Of Spying Gynecologist

The hospital has agreed to pay the large sum in order to settle with patients who say a Hopkins gynecologist secretly recorded them with a pen-like device.

National Harbor Casino Approved, Expected To Open In 2016

The county's district council voted 8-1 in favor of the casino at National Harbor. Officials at MGM say they're now ready to begin construction of the resort and hotel as early as next month.

Obama On D.C. Statehood: 'I'm For It'

For the first time since he took office, President Barack Obama has come out in favor of making Washington, D.C. the nation's 51st state.

Changes To Metro's Blue Line Schedule Leaves Some Commuters Seeing Red

Starting today, fewer Blue Line trains will be making the trip into D.C. during the morning rush — and some commuters aren't happy about it.

Prince George's County Officials Set To Vote On National Harbor Casino Plan

Prince George's County officials are scheduled to vote on the building plan for a $925 million casino near the nation's capital.

Obama To Sign Order Barring LGBT Discrimination Among Federal Contractors

An executive order expected to be issued today barring workplace discrimination against LGBT workers will not offer a religious exemption for federal contractors.

Maryland Breaking Ground On $35M Annapolis Water Treatment Plant

After tears of mechanical and structural problems at the water plant in Annapolis, officials are finally ready to break ground on a new facility.

Maryland Congressman Drawing Support For Infrastructure Bank

Shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund have drawn renewed scrutiny to U.S. transportation spending, something Maryland Democrat John Delaney is hoping will draw attention to his plan for an infrastructure bank.

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