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Friday, April 17, 2015

D.C. Attraction Boasts Specialty Gardens, Streams... And Sewage?

Supporters of the U.S. National Arboretum say raw sewage is flowing through the streams of the 446-acre D.C. attraction.

D.C. Farmers Prep For What They Say Is An Urban Agricultural Renaissance

A new law could change the landscape for urban agriculture in D.C.

D.C.'s Last, Best Stop For Electronic Junk And Household Gunk

Every Saturday, the Fort Totten Transfer Station is the place to unburden your home — and your conscience — of whatever doesn't seem to belong in the trash or recycling bins.

How DC Water Turns Poop Into Power

It might sound gross, but D.C. Water is discovering the raw power... of poop. They're even working on ways to sell it back to you.

How D.C. Is Turning A 'Pedestrian Dead-Zone' Into An Eco-Showcase

From brown and gray to bright green: 15 blocks of Southwest Washington are on their way to becoming a "high performance environmental showcase."

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cardin's 'Interesting Week' Crests With Success On Iran Bill

The Maryland senator found himself in the position of bringing the president, Senate Republicans and his Democratic colleagues to the table.

Virginia's Drone Legislation Retains Requirement For Warrants

Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to ensure that law enforcement can get access to information from drones without a warrant, but both chambers of the General Assembly have voted against his amendments.

D.C. Celebrates Emancipation Day With A Tighter Budget

The city budgeted $250,000 to cover the festivities this year, after a fight last year between then-Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Full Signal Coverage On Metro For First Responders, Passengers Still Years Away

The deadly smoke incident in a tunnel at L'Enfant Plaza earlier this year prompted Metro to improve the reliability of radios for first responders — but it will be years before a project to up the reliability to 99 percent is complete.

$15 Minimum Wage? Labor Groups Want D.C. Voters To Decide

A coalition of labor and social justice groups have announced plans for a ballot initiative in 2016 that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, above the increase to $11.50 that is currently being phased in.

New Maryland Ride-Hailing Regulations Address Background Checks, Insurance

Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft are unregulated no more — at least in Maryland, where lawmakers closed the loop on some persistent questions about the way these services operate.

Metro Sees Land Development Leading To Big Ridership Increases

The development of dense urban development around Metro stations in the D.C. region is bolstering Metro ridership forecasts in the coming years and may weigh in on how the transit agency deals with strained rail capacity.

For Veterans' Care Centers, McAuliffe And Lawmakers Agree On State Funding

Recently passed Virginia legislation says the state can only fund new veterans care centers if federal grants come through. The governor wants to amend that bill, and the

Medical Marijuana Cultivators Given Boost By D.C. Council

Under legislation approved yesterday, the city's three medical marijuana cultivators can double, to 1,000, the number of plants they grow.