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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Metro Smoke Incident Briefing Prompts Questions About Radios, Ventilation

The D.C. area's congressional delegation heard from investigators, and the lawmakers emerged with concerns about firefighter communications and air control in the Yellow Line tunnel.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Q&A: Michael Pope On Del. Joe Morrissey's Indictment

Virginia reporter Michael Pope discusses the new charges against Del. Joe Morrissey and what could be next for him.

Marion Barry's Son Pleads Not Guilty To Misdemeanor Charges

Marion Christopher Barry pleaded not guilty in D.C. Superior Court Tuesday, and pledged to continue his campaign for the D.C. Council.

Regional Lawmakers To Be Briefed On Last Week's Metro Smoke Incident

"We need to know why there was not a quicker response," says U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Toll Lanes In The Mix As Regional Planners Target Congestion On I-66

As transportation planners for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments plan out how to address frequent congestion on I-66 in Virginia, the question of toll lanes, and the extent of express bus service, linger.

D.C. Library Kicks Off Series On Surveillance With '1984' Read-a-thon

The D.C. Public Library is kicking off 10 days worth of events on privacy and surveillance in the digital age with a day-long reading of George Orwell's "1984" on Wednesday.

Joe Morrissey Indicted On Felony Forgery, Perjury In Henrico County

A grand jury has indicted Virginia State Delegate Joe Morrissey on four felony counts in connection with earlier charges for having sex with an underage girl.

D.C. Council Sets Hearing On Metro Smoke Incident

The city's probe of the deadly Jan. 12 accident will continue at a Council hearing on Feb. 5.

Minimum Wage Debate Arises Again In Richmond

Will the state legislature's Republican majority soften to Democratic proposals? Democrats say it's possible.

Larry Hogan Officially Sworn In As Maryland Governor

At a snow-kissed ceremony in Annapolis on Wednesday, Larry Hogan and his running mate officially take office.

For D.C.-Area Republicans, Obama's Speech Is A Non-Starter

The region's GOP lawmakers said the State Of The Union offered a series of misguided proposals for keeping the economy on track.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Christopher Barry To Turn Himself In To Police Over Bank Outburst

Lawyers for the son of the late Marion Barry say he will turn himself over to police following an incident at a local bank in which he cursed at a teller and destroyed a security camera.

Virginia House Holds Out Hope For Bill That Would Deny In-State Tuition To Undocumented Residents

In Virginia, an effort to deny in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children has been narrowly defeated in the state Senate. But Republicans are still hoping to score a victory in the House of Delegates.

Restoration Of Maryland's Old Senate Chamber Offers A Glimpse Of U.S. History

Workers are putting the finishing touches on a renovation to one room of the building that saw the statehouse's most important event, a seminal moment in early American history.

Virginia Lawmakers Renew Push For Offshore Drilling

Virginia's two Democratic senators support the plan if the state is given a share of the revenue.

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