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Monday, July 13, 2015

D.C. Water Bills Will Be Higher Starting This Fall

That extra money will be used to replace the District's outdated water infrastructure, says D.C. Water's George Hawkins.

MoCo Legislators Fight To Stop Cuts To Program To Help Homeless Vets

A recent Supreme Court decision is forcing Montgomery County lawmakers to cut the recently passed county budget, and a program designed to end homelessness among military veterans might be on the chopping block.

McAuliffe: Virginia's Economy Is 'Back'

The governor says the state's revenues are $553 million more than projected for the last fiscal year that ended in June.

Turning To Owls To Figure Out How To Reduce Noise On Wind Farms

One of the big knocks against wind farms is the sheer amount of noise they make, but researchers at Virginia Tech have devised an innovative fix by looking at the stealthy flight of owls.

Metro May Dump New Fare Gate Payment System After Lackluster Trial

Testing for a new, modern fare payment system for Metro has been underway for over three months, but participation in the pilot program has been so underwhelming that the concept itself is under review.

Virginia Parole System May Get A Second Chance After Review

Legislation passed in the '90s mandates that criminals in Virginia prisons serve at least 85 percent of their sentence, but a commission meeting soon will review whether that fails to give prisoners incentives to improve their lot.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

D.C. Ranked Fourth Healthiest Democracy In U.S.

How healthy is our democracy? The liberal-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund puts D.C. above all but three states in the union.

Bill Cosby's Art Collection To Remain On View At Smithsonian

Art belonging to Bill Cosby will remain on display as part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art's 50th anniversary exhibition, despite allegations of sexual misconduct against the comedian.

Emergency Bill Targets D.C. Businesses Selling Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic cannabinoids have caused a spike in overdoses in D.C. and across the country in recent months — something residents have reported seeing firsthand.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

This Record Label Is Giving Women A 23% Wage-Gap Discount

A record label in Portland, Ore., (run by an ex-D.C. resident), is giving women a 23 percent discount because statistically, they earn 23 percent less than men.

Friday, July 10, 2015

D.C.'s Proposed Death With Dignity Law Provokes Strong Reactions

Supporters and opponents of D.C.'s Death With Dignity Act packed the council chambers at city hall Friday as the District considers right-to-die legislation.

Metro Asks For Feedback On Proposed Service Cuts

If riders think trains are too crowded now, Metro projects they will be even more crowded if this proposal is ever adopted. That's why the agency wants to hear from the public.

At The National Building Museum, Life's A Beach

Looking to get away to the beach this summer? You may not need to leave the city, or even apply sunscreen. Just head to D.C.'s National Building Museum.

Free Book Vending Machines Set Up In Southeast D.C.

From The Kojo Nnamdi Show blog: Jet Blue Airways is launching a pilot program in Southeast D.C. that aims to get books into homes. The program will stock three vending machines throughout the area with free books for kids.

For Lawsuit On Va. Political Map, Complicated Testimony And Fresh Precedent

At one point, one of the judges said he thought he understood the details but joked he didn't want to be quizzed later.