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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.

D.C. Again Shows Gains In Fight Against HIV, But Struggles To Reach Youth

The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia has continued ticking downward, but city officials admit they are struggling to reach young residents.

As Minimum Wage Inches Up In D.C. And Maryland, Activists Say More Is Needed

As the minimum wage increases this week in D.C. and Maryland, activists in both jurisdictions say that more is needed — and in D.C., residents could soon vote on a $15 minimum wage.

D.C. Concealed Carry Law Will Remain In Effect Pending Outcome Of Appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals has stayed a May ruling that tossed out a key provision of the District's concealed carry law, allowing the law to remain in effect pending the outcome of an expected appeal by the city.

To Fix Blue Line, Metro Considers Cutting Service On Four Others

The plan is designed to restore capacity to the transit authority’s most crowded line by running trains less frequently on the Green, Yellow, Orange, and Silver Lines during peak travel periods.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tax Cuts Coming? D.C. Weighing Options For Bigger-Than-Expected Budget

The D.C. government is taking in more money than it initially estimated in its budget, mainly through a big jump in income tax receipts. But this unexpected bounty has created a new issue: what to do with this increased revenue?

How To Fund Purple Line? Questions Outnumber Answers

The state of Maryland will move forward with building the Purple Line, but only if Montgomery and Prince George's counties put more money toward the project. Where that cash will come from is anybody's guess at the moment.

'Bodysnatching' Parasite Sweeping Through Crab Populations In Chesapeake Bay

A bodysnatching parasite is spreading through crab populations in the Chesapeake Bay, and so far, the crab species at risk are of little economic consequence. But biologists say this invasive parasite has cousins that could wreak havoc with the Bay's fisheries.

Big Outdoor Parking Lots Look Like Something Else To Montgomery County

The steadily urbanizing Maryland county's surface parking lots might be convenient for motorists, but many of them also happen to be on prime real estate.

Hogan: 'I Am Feeling Healthy And Strong'

After his first treatment for an advanced stage of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan shared his feelings on Facebook.

Virginia Republicans Choose A Presidential Primary Instead Of A Convention

Rather than holding a convention to allocate the state's delegates in the Republican presidential nominating process, the GOP will stick with its usual process: a primary election.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

After Supreme Court Ruling, What's Next For Medicaid Expansion In Virginia?

Virginia is one of the states that opted not to use federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand its Medicaid coverage for low-income families.

Mixed Reactions To Historic Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Last week the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution guarantees marriage rights for same-sex couples. It's an historic decision many are celebrating, but some say it's just one step toward equality, while others are troubled by the ruling.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Peru In The Spotlight During This Year's Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway on the National Mall through July 5, and this year's event features the South American nation of Peru.

Virginia Republicans To Decide: Primary Or Convention?

In Virginia, Republicans from across the state will be gathering in Staunton this weekend to determine how they will pick a presidential candidate. The choice is between a primary and a convention.

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