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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Second Chance For The Second Chance Act In Maryland

Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin plans to reintroduce legislation that would make it easier for nonviolent offenders to get a fresh start.

Delayed Start For Most Of Area's Schools

A lot of districts are on a two-hour delay, but some are closed for the day.

Va. Bill Would Require Colleges To Report Sexual-Assault Investigations

The goal, say supporters of the legislation, is to ensure that more cases make it into the justice system instead of being handled solely by college administrations.

Plenty Of New Faces In Annapolis

The General Assembly has nearly 70 new members, and the governor's mansion is soon to have a new tenant, too.

Ethics, Economy, Election Season Expected To Be Driving Forces In Virginia Assembly

The legislative session kicks off in Richmond this morning, and later, the governor will give an address.

Jailed Politician Morrissey Wins Virginia Special Election

Joe Morrissey traveled from jail to be sworn in to his House of Delegates seat on Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

D.C. Council Transmits Marijuana Initiative To Congress, Defying Republicans

The D.C. Council is moving to implement a ballot initiative that would legalize possession of up to two ounces of marijuana, despite congressional Republicans' opposition.

Warner Calls Deadly Metro Incident A 'Nightmare,' Asks For Safety Briefing

Calling the incident that killed one and injured scores of Yellow Line passengers on Monday a "nightmare," Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is asking the transit agency for an immediate briefing on emergency response procedures.

Electrical Problem Likely To Blame For Deadly Metro Incident, Say Investigators

Federal investigators say an electrical problem may have caused the severe smoking incident in the Yellow Line tunnel that killed one passenger and sent more than 80 to hospitals. A final report may not be issued for months, though.

McDonnell Request To Avoid Prison During Appeal Denied

The former Virginia governor was hoping to avoid prison while awaiting his appeal on corruption charges, but a judge has denied the request.

How To Evacuate A Metro Car In The Event Of An Emergency

The Metro incident Monday evening that left one woman dead and more than 80 people in the hospital has raised a natural question among riders:  how does one evacuate a Metro car?

Serving On A D.C. Charter School Board: Not As Easy As It Looks

Part of the DNA of charter schools is that they operate at the behest of school boards more than city lawmakers. While that can be a boon, it can also be a burden.

NASA Identifies Cause In July Rocket Launch Failure

An incorrect installation was to blame for an aborted NASA launch out of Wallops Island, Virginia, last July.

Transparency Exemption Proposals Pile Up In Virginia

Virginia already has a failing grade on transparency to its name, and with the new year, more exemptions to the state's Freedom of Information Act have been proposed.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Serve Time, And The Public? Former Virginia Lawmaker Seeks Comeback

An embattled former Virginia lawmaker is seeking to reclaim a House of Delegates seat in a special election on Tuesday.