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Monday, April 13, 2015

IRS Isn't The Only Place The Phones Are Ringing Ahead Of Tax Day

Members of Congress have been fielding lots of calls in recent weeks as their constituents — and a depleted IRS workforce — try to navigate tax season.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Researchers At Virginia Tech Find Way To Pull Hydrogen From Biomass

A transportation system builty on hydrogen is likely a ways away, but researchers at Virginia Tech say they have solved one of the major roadblocks.

Virginia 'Veto Session' May Focus On Surveillance Technology

An unusual coalition comprised of both the Tea Party and the ACLU stands opposed to amendments by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that would place restrictions on the police's use of drones and license plate readers.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Power Transfer Would Go Against Voters' Wishes, D.C.'s Attorney General Says

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine says he'll fight a proposal by Mayor Muriel Bowser to strip his new office of its authority to review big city contracts and land deals.

Budget Prerogatives On Each Side Leave Maryland Senate President In The Middle

State Senate President Mike Miller is caught between Gov. Larry Hogan and House Speaker Mike Busch.

Capitol Police Chief Submits Resignation

Kim Dine, who has led the department during a stretch when it faced several high-profile incidents, has submitted his letter of resignation.

Democratic Gameplan Takes Shape For Rep. Barbara Comstock's Seat

Q&A with Roll Call columnist David Hawkings about the freshman Republican's district and what Democrats are doing to line up potential candidates for it in 2016.

Remembering The Lone Civilian Death — A Slave — At Appomattox Court House

The lone civilian who died at the Battle of Appomattox Court House will be remembered Saturday at the site of the Civil War battle in Virginia.

The Bounce: The Week In Music News From WAMU's Bandwidth

D.C. rapper Wale had a good week, the ashes of Gwar frontman Dave Brockie are in dispute, Kurt Cobain's daughter had some choice words about grunge, and an album announcement from Frank Ocean launched a thousand blog posts.

'Second Chance' Bill For Job Seekers With Criminal Records Advances In Maryland

The Second Chance Act received initial approval from the House of Delegates on Friday afternoon, the Senate has already approved it, and Gov. Larry Hogan is a supporter.

Metro Jurisdictions To Save Big Under Modified Railcar Expansion Proposal

Metro’s regional jurisdictions would save $800 million this decade under a modified railcar expansion plan now under consideration, transit authority officials said on Thursday.

Judge Spares Driver From Late Fees For Unpaid Tolls On Beltway Express Lanes

Defense lawyers say decision from a Fairfax County judge could benefit thousands of drivers who've been told they've run up huge monetary penalties for unpaid tolls on the Capital Beltway's Express Lanes.

As Session Ends, Maryland Legislators Seek To Finalize Body Camera Bills

With only four days left in this year's legislative session, Maryland legislators are looking to pass two bills that would expand the use of body-worn cameras by police forces in the state.

Census Bureau Guard Dies After Shooting That Ended With Dramatic Car Chase

An armed man kidnapped a woman, shot a Census Bureau guard and led police on a car chase through Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Thursday before authorities cornered him in an exchange of gunfire.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tired Of Herky Jerky Stops? Metro To Phase In Computer Control Next Week

Metro trains have been under manual control since a 2009 Red Line crash killed nine passengers. The process of going back to computer control will begin next week.