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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jesse Matthew Charged With Capital Murder In Hannah Graham Case

The man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student has been charged with capital murder and now faces the prospect of the death penalty.

Maryland Democrats Pressure Gov. Hogan On Education Spending

The General Assembly has been adjourned for almost a month, but Democrats in Maryland are still pressuring Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to release funding for public education.

Report: Benefits Of Purple Line And Baltimore Red Line Outweigh Cost

Maryland will soon decide whether to build a pair of light rail systems: the Purple Line in the D.C. suburbs and the Red Line in Baltimore. A new report on the benefits of both projects comes just days before Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to announce their fate.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille Faces Two Primary Challengers

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille is being challenged in a Democratic primary by former Mayor Kerry Donley, who says Euille has taken too long to accomplish construction of the Potomac Yard Metro, and Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, who has support from voters who disagree with the scale of the controversial waterfront development.

The Freddie Gray Case, From The Vantage Of A Former State's Attorney

Glenn Ivey, a former state's attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland, discusses the charges filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, and what shape their trials might take.

Panel Weighs Law Enforcement Authority Of Virginia ABC Officers

The recent forceful arrest of a 20-year-old University of Virginia student has called into question the necessity of giving ABC officers arresting authority — but some police officers don't agree with the criticism.

Public Election Fund Already Running Into Problems In Montgomery County

The Montgomery County executive and county council are at odds over whether to fund a newly-created public fund for county elections.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Flipped Off: In D.C.'s Thriving Market For Renovated Homes, It's Buyer Beware

What happens when a family discovers that its home is a poorly renovated mess? And in a hot market that has attracted some unreliable and careless developers, can D.C.'s inspectors and regulators keep pace with the industry? This special three-part series looks at the perils of house flipping in the nation's capital.

Police Body Cameras Coming Soon To Montgomery County

A pilot program to put body cameras on police officers in Montgomery County is about to begin.

Alexandria Council Set To Move Forward With Potomac Yard Metro

Members of the Alexandria City Council are about to cast a major vote that could give a green light to building a new Metro station at Potomac Yard.

Illegal U-Turns Still Pose Big Problem On Pennsylvania Avenue Cycle Track

Despite promises to make it safer, the Pennsylvania Avenue cycle track in downtown D.C. continues to be plagued by illegal U-turns, leading to a spate of recent crashes.

Listen: Virginia Del. Vivian Watts On Making IDs Easier For Those With Non-Traditional Names

People with hard-to-spell names or with more than the typical number of surnames often see their names mangled at the ID office. A Virginia lawmaker talks about what's being done to change that.

Junkyard Band Bassist, Passenger Die In Motorcycle Crash

Just one day after his go-go band played a Funk Parade event, Junkyard Band bassist and manager Derek Anthony “House” Colquitt, 47, died Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Waldorf, Maryland.

Maryland National Guard To Be Pulled Out Of Baltimore

At the behest of Gov. Larry Hogan, the Maryland National Guard will begin pulling out of Baltimore, where they have been stationed since last week when rioting broke out.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

D.C. Nonprofit Commemorates 100th Anniversary Of 'Flanders Fields'

A local non-profit is marking the 100th anniversary of a famous war poem with an event and the launch of a new fund for veterans.

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