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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Metro Challenging Background Check Policy

The lawsuit is focusing on Metro's background check policy, saying it is overly broad and disproportionately disqualifies black applicants.

Warner Joins Bipartisan Group Targeting Sexual Assaults On College Campuses

The bill would force schools to provide confidential advisors to victims and forbids athletic departments from handling sexual assault cases themselves.

Businessman's Assistant Testifies In McDonnell Corruption Trial

The assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife is testifying for the prosecution.

Teenager Sought In Wheaton Shooting

Montgomery County police are looking for a 14-year-old boy whom they say shot an 18-year-old woman multiple times in Wheaton this morning.

Lawsuit Claims D.C. Underfunded Charter Schools To The Tune Of $770 Million

A charter school advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt alleging that the city's government funds the two public school systems unequally.

Montgomery County Officials Struggle With Scope Of Unaccompanied Children Crisis

Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have made their way to Maryland, but the county is still struggling to determine the scope of the response needed, because precise numbers have proved elusive.

With Styrofoam Ban, Environmentalists Hope For Cleaner Anacostia

Starting in January 2016, Styrofoam containers will be banned in D.C., a move that environmental advocates say will help clean up the long-polluted Anacostia River.

Organizers Pull Plug On Virgin Mobile Freefest This Year

A popular free festival that has taken place in the D.C. area for five years has been scrapped without explanation.

McDonnell To Testify In His Own Defense In Virginia Corruption Trial

The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen continues Wednesday, following a day of opening statements where the jury learned the McDonnell would testify in his own defense, including the reading of a personal letter written to his wife.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Activists Protest Federal Minimum Wage, Saying Increase Doesn't Cut It

Protestors gathered outside Union Station to protest what they consider a paltry federal minimum-wage hike.

Judge Postpones Ruling On D.C. Gun Ban

D.C.'s gun ban is back temporarily: In response to Mayor Gray and D.C. Police's request for a stay, Judge Frederick Scullin has agreed to postpone last weekend's ruling for 90 days.

Soap Opera-Worthy Drama Expected To Unfold In McDonnell Corruption Trial

In opening statements today in the federal corruption case against the former governor, lawyers for the McDonnells painted a picture of a dysfunctional marriage falling apart as a scheming businessman tried to take advantage of them.

Prince George's And Fairfax Counties On Short List For FBI Headquarters

Officials in both Maryland and Virginia have been in fierce competition for several years to get the new FBI headquarters built within their state's borders.

Caldwell Butler, Virginia Congressman Who Voted To Impeach Nixon, Dies At 89

Butler, who represented Virginia's 6th congressional district, said his vote against Nixon took a toll on his political career.

Virginia Among States Expected To Appeal Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia and three other states may soon allow gay marriage after a federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, but supporters of a ban are expected to ask for a Supreme Court hearing.

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