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Monday, January 26, 2015

Cuts In Hogan's Budget Are Survivable, Says MoCo Council President

The president of the Montgomery County council is saying that cuts included in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's first budget proposal can be withstood.

White House Incident Prompts Reminder: You Can't Fly A Drone In D.C.

We can't stress this enough: Flying a drone in D.C. is not allowed.

With Hogan Yet To Offer Tax Cuts, Maryland Democrat Moves To Kill Rain Tax

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has said he will cut taxes, but the proposal to get rid of the so-called rain tax is coming from a Democrat.

Bill Requiring Reporting Of Sexual Assaults At Virginia Colleges Moves Forward

A state Senate subcommittee is approving a bill by Republican Sen. Dick Black that would require any employee of a state college or university who learns of such an allegation to report it to a local law enforcement agency within 24 hours.

What's Up With Pop-Ups? Here's A Primer On A Debate That's Reaching New Heights

Just how high should D.C. rowhouses be allowed to grow? It's an issue that has sparked heated debate and spawned a proposal from D.C. to limit the so-called pop-ups in certain neighborhoods.

Drone Found On White House Grounds, Not Regarded As Ongoing Threat

A drone landed in a tree on the White House grounds shortly after 3 a.m. Monday morning, touching off a security response.

Online Sting Nabs 21 Would-Be Sexual Predators In Worcester County

In a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice, Worcester County police have made a series of arrests on charges from solicitation of a minor to intent to distribute child pornography.

Plan To Offer Free Community College Divides Along Party Lines

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama laid out a plan to offer two years of community college. But at least in Northern Virginia, support for the proposal seems split on partisan lines.

Virginia Ethics Legislation Would Outlaw Secret Meetings

Renewed ethics legislation in the Richmond would ban state funding for travel expenses for legislators attending closed groups like ALEC — a conservative group that has many lawmakers, including House Speaker Bill Howell, among its ranks.

D.C. Missing The Worst Snow; Winter Weather Advisory Through Tuesday

Much of the D.C. region is wet this morning, and while our neighbors to the north are preparing for potentially historic snowfalls, D.C. should only get a couple inches.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Following Decriminalization, Maryland Bill Would Reduce Fines For Paraphernalia

Maryland joined the nationwide trend towards the decriminalization of marijuana last year, and now one lawmaker

Ocean City Finalizing Details On Beach Smoking Ban

The Ocean City City Council voted last year on smoking restrictions in the resort town, but firm details on designated smoking details are still being ironed out.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Bounce: The Week In Music News

Big decisions from the real Bjork and the real Madonna; an interview with a fake Ian MacKaye; D'Angelo live on TV; and so much more from WAMU's music site, Bandwidth.

Friday, January 23, 2015

In Richmond, A Struggle To Find Consensus On Campus Sexual Assault

Virginia lawmakers have yet to reach consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses.

Q&A: Rep. Chris Van Hollen On The U.S. Talks With Cuba

Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen joined WAMU 88.5's Matt McClesky for a conversation about U.S. policy toward Cuba.

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