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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

As D.C. Braces, Kentucky And Tennessee Feeling Effects Of Winter Weather

As the South and East prepared for a nor'easter with the potential for significant snowfall by week's end, snow began to blanket much of Kentucky and Tennessee and contributed to at least one traffic-related death Wednesday.

Virginia Senate Chamber Has Long Tradition Of Press Availability

The tradition of press access to the floor of the Virginia Senate goes back more than a century, but the recent move by state Republicans to banish journalists to the public viewing area is not actually without precedent.

For First Time, D.C. Can Fine Residents Who Don't Shovel Sidewalks After Storm

The new law is simple: Property owners and businesses have to clear their sidewalks to a width of 36 inches within a period of eight daylight hours after the end of a storm.

Metro's New Boss Wades Into Orange Line Morning Mess To See Problems First-Hand

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld joined Congressman Gerry Connolly for a shoulder-to-shoulder ride with commuters on the Orange Line Tuesday, to get a first-hand look at the problems faced by riders.

How Can Virginia Improve Poor Record On Transparency?

Virginia gets consistently poor marks from the Center for Public Integrity in its annual reports. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to tackle this in different ways.

Just Who Can Save A Pet From A Hot Car? Maryland Bill Expands Power To Everyone

Even though it's illegal to leave a cat or dog unattended in a car in Maryland, only law enforcement and first responders have immunity from damages caused by breaking in to save an animal. That could soon change.

D.C. Has A New Zoning Code. Here's How It Could Change The City's Look And Feel

After eight years, D.C. has approved changes to rules that govern how city land is used. Some say it's been a long time coming — the existing zoning code dates back to 1958, when D.C. was a vastly different place than it is today.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tempers Flare in Virginia Senate Over Revoked Press Access

A decision to bar reporters from the floor of the Virginia State Senate provoked inter-party sniping that reached a boiling point on Tuesday.

To Reverse Ridership Declines, Metro Pins Hopes On Development Around Stations

Problems with reliability have helped drive commuters away from using Metro, but the transit agency now hopes that more development around stations will help reverse declines in ridership.

Is Virginia's Legislature Ready To Take On The Car-Title Lending Industry?

The Republican-led legislature previously has resisted efforts to overhaul the industry, but so far this year seems different.

Maryland Bill On Felons' Voting Rights Still Appears Short Of Votes To Override Veto

The legislation, passed last year by the General Assembly and then blocked by Gov. Larry Hogan, would allow about 40,000 more people to vote in Maryland, advocates say.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Televised Shooting Takes Center Stage In Virginia Gun-Control Debate

Familiar "Guns Save Lives" stickers were on display all around Capitol Square in Richmond Monday for an annual ritual known as Gun Lobby Day. But so were stickers with another perspective: "Background Checks Save Lives."

Friday, January 15, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court To Review McDonnell Corruption Conviction

The Supreme Court will hear former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions.

In The Virginia State Senate, Punctuality Becomes A Partisan Issue

When should the Virginia state Senate gavel into session? It seems like a simple question. But the Senate's two major players are bitterly divided over the answer.

Parents Photograph The Experience Of Hunger And Poverty For New Exhibit

A new exhibit called "Witnesses to Hunger" focuses on the voices and photography of parents facing the challenge of hunger in many cities — including the nation's capital.