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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Less-Stringent Fracking Bill Could Pass In Maryland Senate

One controversial proposal in the Maryland General Assembly is moving forward much to the delight of ralliers today, while another is done for this year.

To Pay For Homeless Services And Metro, Bowser Proposes Tax Hikes

As part of her 2016 budget, Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed targeted tax increases to help fund homeless services and the city's payment to Metro.

ISIS Highlights Virginia State Lawmaker As 'Enemy'

In an online magazine that the terrorist organization uses for propaganda and recruitment, state Sen. Richard Black is featured in a section called "In the Words of the Enemy."

Politics Overshadows Debate Over Bi-County Parkway In Virginia

At a church outside the Manassas battlefield, opponents of a planned four-lane highway say the state Department of Transportation needs to take a firm and final stance on whether the project is dead.

Q&A With Kristy Greenwalt, Director Of D.C.'s Interagency Council on Homelessness

The director of the city's Interagency Council on Homelessness explains the mayor's new plan to end chronic homelessness by 2025.

D.C. Drops Appeal Of Handgun Carry Ban Ruling, Will Fight Other Challenges

Attorney General Karl Racine announced this week that he was dropping an appeal of a ruling that overturned the city's ban on carrying handguns in public, but said he would fight two other challenges to the new law that allows residents to apply for concealed carry permits.

Virginia Drone Legislation Puts A Veto In Plain Sight

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is pushing for more oversight of how Virginia law enforcement uses drone aircraft. But Gov. Terry McAuliffe opposes the latest proposal put forth by the General Assembly.

Bowser Appoints New Deputy Mayor To Focus On 'Economic Opportunity'

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has created a new senior-level position to focus on neighborhoods in the city where poverty and unemployment have remained high and educational achievement and development low.

Friday, April 3, 2015

One Teacher's Journey Through The Challenges Of A High-Risk School

We'll hear from a high-achieving DCPS teacher who says she's struggling with burnout after eight years on the job.

After Nearly 40 Years, U.S. Senate Historian Prepares To Retire

Donald Ritchie, the historian of the U.S. Senate, is retiring after nearly 40 years on the job.

D.C. Soccer Pro Sacrifices To Pursue The Sport She Loves

As a member of D.C.'s professional women's soccer team, Joanna Lohman says despite being tough on the body and on the bottom line, her job is still rewarding.

Fishing Versus Farming: Aquaculture And The Future Of Chesapeake Bay Oysters

Maryland's oyster trade is evolving as more watermen give up "hand tonging" and move into aquaculture.

Whatever Happened To Herb From Peaches & Herb? He's Been Here In D.C. All Along

Herb Feemster is a security officer in D.C. now. But back in the day, he had a string of hits as part of Peaches & Herb.

Clips: Eddie's Hair Creations Booming Even As Adams Morgan Changes

In our ongoing series on D.C.'s barber shops, we visit Eddie's Hair Creations, whose owner dreams of moving back to Ghana to open his native country's first barber school.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

University Of Virginia Announces New Sexual Misconduct Policy

With no fanfare, the University of Virginia has announced a new sexual misconduct policy, prompted by a federal investigation.

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