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Thursday, July 2, 2015

After Massive Response At Navy Yard, Police Say No Evidence Of A Shooter Found

Authorities received an alert about a potential shooter, which triggered a large response in keeping with protocols established after the 2013 massacre at the facility, officials said.

No Evidence Of Shooting At Navy Yard, Officials Say

The facility in Southeast D.C. was locked down Thursday morning after reports of shots fired, but officials later said there was no evidence of a shooting, no one had been arrested, and no weapons had been found.

Wheelchair-Accessibility Deadline For Taxis Prompts Threat, Confusion

The D.C. Taxicab Commission is ordering 21 companies to cease all operations by July 15 for failing to meet a deadline to convert at least 6 percent of their fleets to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. But some companies on that list say they weren't required to meet the standard.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Montgomery County Looks To Crack Down On Predatory Tow Trucks

Tow truck scammers, beware: Montgomery County is looking to crack down on you.

Endangered Port Royal, Virginia, Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin

In colonial times, Port Royal, Va. was a thriving port town. Now, it's fighting for its very survival.

D.C. Charter School Uses Tough Love To Erase Achievement Gap

If you set the bar high, can you erase the achievement gap in American schools? We'll talk with the first graduates of a D.C. charter school that's trying to do just that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lawsuit Raises Questions About Animal Dung In Chesapeake Bay

How much animal dung belongs in the Chesapeake Bay? Is the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality doing enough to keep it out? Those questions are at the heart of a lawsuit that a judge in Richmond will hear Thursday.

How Could Avian Flu Affect People? Scientists Are Looking Into It

In Virginia, a group of scientists from around the world are trying to figure out how new strains of avian flu could impact humans by looking at the virus in a new way.

D.C. Auditor Says School Modernizations Plagued By Cost Overruns, Delays

A new report from the D.C. Auditor says that a billion-dollar effort to renovate public schools suffered from cost overruns, project delays and a lack of transparency.

Business Groups Try To Head Off Vote On $15 Minimum Wage In D.C.

Business groups on Wednesday mounted an effort to derail a nascent ballot initiative that would push the District's minimum wage up to $15, saying that the proposal would be disastrous for the city's economy and should not be decided by the electorate.

'The People's Fireworks' Leave Some D.C. Residents Fired Up

A lot of District residents assume that the sound of cheap rockets and firecrackers comes with the territory on the Fourth of July, but some say that the annual tradition — which is largely illegal — has gotten out of hand.

D.C. To Get More Body Cameras, But Only If Public Gets Access To Footage

The press and public will have the right to request footage from the body-worn cameras being deployed by the D.C. police department, a victory for open government advocates who feuded with Mayor Muriel Bowser over access to the footage collected by the cameras.

In Virginia, July 1 Means A New 'Breeze' Of State Laws

There are two new state songs. Marijuana can now be used for epilepsy. Women can breastfeed in public. And a newly created Ethics Commission will keep begin operations.  Those and other laws signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe are taking effect.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

D.C. Elections Board Gives Initial Approval To Public Vote On $15 Minimum Wage

The D.C. Board of Elections on Tuesday approved language for a ballot initiative that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 and eliminate the lower minimum wage for tipped workers.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

D.C. To Penalize Stores That Sell Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana is hard to regulate but easy to find. Officials say it's being sold all over D.C., in gas stations, liquor stores and other retail outlets — and the stuff is far from harmless.