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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

If You Call 911 From A Cell Phone, Can A Dispatcher Find You? Maybe Not.

If you call 911 in D.C. from a cell phone, you might expect that even if you don't leave your address, the dispatcher could use your phone's GPS capability to pinpoint your location. But one group says that in most cases, that's not happening.

Corey Stewart Defends Stance On Undocumented Children In Prince William

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart explains his opposition to a federal agreement that is housing many of the thousands of undocumented children from Central America in his Northern Virginia county.

Chromebooks And Tablets On The Way To Montgomery County Classrooms

The Montgomery County Board of Education signed off on a plan to put tens of thousands of laptops and tablets into the hands of youths in county schools.

Short-Term Fix: House Approves $11B In Transportation Funding

The federal Highway Trust Fund got a short-term reprieve by the House on Tuesday, as lawmakers passed a $11 billion plan to keep the account from running dry.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Montgomery County Council Confirms New Planning Board Chief

The new chief, Casey Anderson, is currently a member of the planning board.

Laurel Swimming Coach Expected To Plead Guilty To Child Abuse

In April, Christopher Thomas Huott was arrested and charged after a former swim student accused him of making the inappropriate contact when she was 7.

After Displacing Cantor, Dave Brat Raises Big Bucks From Small Donations

Dave Brat, who upset U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June primary, has raised $400,000 in the second quarter, much of it from small-dollar donations.

After Incident, Granite State Liquor Regulators Say D.C. License Is Valid

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission clarified today that the D.C. driver's license if valid for the purposes of liquor purchases in the Granite State.

The Next Battlefield Of The Great Uber Wars: Annapolis, Md.

The city of Annapolis wants ridesharing company Uber to stop operating in Maryland's capital until it registers as a cab service.

Obama Backs D.C. In Fight With Congress Over Marijuana Decriminalization

President Obama has threatened to veto a spending bill that would stop D.C. from implementing a law that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

D.C. Council Approves Bill Banning Styrofoam Containers

By 2016, restaurants, cafes and food trucks will no longer be able to use Styrofoam containers.

Frederick County Sheriff To Visit Mexican Border On 'Fact-Finding Mission'

A Maryland sheriff whose department was found guilty last year of violating the civil rights of an undocumented immigrant is headed to the U.S.-Mexican border to get a look at the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the border.

DDOT Best-Case Scenario Targets November Opening For D.C. Streetcar

The opening date for the new D.C. streetcar system on H Street Northeast has long been a source of anticipation, and the latest best-case projections have the system opening later this year.

Charles Severance Indicted On Gun Charge In Loudoun County

The man wanted for questioning in connection with three potentially linked murders in Alexandria has been indicted by a grand jury in nearby Loudoun County on a weapons charge.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Vote On National Harbor Casino Delayed Until Next Monday

The casino along the water on National Harbor is now on hold after the Prince George's County Council delayed a vote on the matter.

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