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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New 95 Express Lanes To Open Sunday, Tolling Begins Dec. 29

The new 95 Express Lanes in Virginia will open this Sunday, and tolling will begin Dec. 29, but several questions linger about the implementation.

Norton Says Congressional Bill May Not Doom D.C. Marijuana Legalization

Some say that the wording of a provision in a federal spending bill that seems to block a marijuana legalization ballot initiative will actually spare it.

Closure Of I-395 A 'Non-Starter' Says Gray

A New York-based developer will not get their wish to close a stretch of I-395 in D.C. to expedite a development project, with both the mayor and transportation officials opposing the idea.

Will Ethics Reform Accomplish Anything? Some Virginia Legislators Raise Doubts

Fairfax County legislators take the unusual step of disclosing campaign contributions in the course of their work, but some legislators that just wouldn't work to address Virginia's ethics issues.

DDOT Director: Streetcar 'Really Close' To Opening, But No Promises

With the pressure on to meet their commitment to starting streetcar service in 2014, the District Department of Transportation says the start of service has just a few minor hurdles left.

Pilot Program Will Charge Drivers More To Park In Chinatown During Busy Periods

The District Department of Transportation is going to try something new later next year: a variable pricing system that will charge more to park in busy places and at busy times.

Why D.C. Solar Advocates Are Opposed To Pepco Merger With Exelon

One of Pepco's biggest cheerleaders these days is DC SUN — a group that advocates for community solar power. They say a proposed merger with Exelon could compromise the District's progress with distributed renewables.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Congress Moves To Block D.C. Marijuana Legalization Approved By D.C. Voters

As part of a massive $1.1 trillion, 1,600-page spending bill unveiled on Tuesday night, Congress is likely to block the implementation of a marijuana legalization ballot initiative that was overwhelmingly endorsed by D.C. voters in November.

A Battle Expected Over School Spending In Montgomery County

A budget battle is brewing between the Montgomery County school system and the county council.

Rep. Andy Harris Hears From D.C. Residents During Marijuana Keynote

D.C. residents still aren't happy with Maryland Republican Andy Harris meddling in local affairs, and some let him know it today at an event focusing on the effects of marijuana.

D.C. Election Ends In Tie, Setting Up High-Noon Casting Of Lots

The voters couldn't decide an Advisory Neighborhood Commission race in one D.C. neighborhood, so now it will be left up to chance.

How To Help Family Of Victims In Gaithersburg Plane Crash

A small plane crash Monday morning killed a mother and two children in their Gaithersburg, Maryland home, prompting an outpouring of financial support for the family.

Pot Legalization Proponents Say Congress Will Block D.C. Initiative

Proponents of marijuana legalization in the District are warning that Congress is moving to stop the District from implementing a ballot initiative approved by voters in November that would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana.

On Verge Of Being Closed, D.C. Charter School Fights Back

A D.C. public charter school on the verge of being closed is asking for more time to prove that it can effectively educate its students — a request that's rarely granted in the fast-churning world of charter schools.

Safety Oversight Issues Cleared, 7000-Series Metro Cars Coming In Early 2015

Concerns over safety paperwork appeared like they would put a hold on the debut of the new 7000-series Metro cars, but they may now be on track.

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