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Monday, April 7, 2014

Analysis: Executive Orders Give Equal Pay Push Momentum

President Barack Obama signed two executive orders promoting equal pay for federal contractors, which Senate lawmakers are utilizing to make their push for equal pay legislation.

Faced With Tech-Driven Competition, A Move To Deregulate D.C. Cabs

To help level the playing field between traditional taxis and services like Uber, the D.C. Taxicab Commission is considering a proposal that would allow drivers to go off the meter and use app-based hails.

New D.C. School Boundaries Proposed

A proposal that would change school boundaries for thousands of families starting in 2015-16 was released over the weekend.

Get Ready For More Expensive Campaigns, Says Sen. Tim Kaine

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says the new Supreme Court ruling striking down aggregate limits on campaign donations is bad for democracy.

After Booming Oyster Harvest, Maryland Crab Season Off To Slow Start

Winter's lingering grip on Maryland has pushed back the start of crab season, but it comes on the back of one of the strongest oyster harvests in years.

Alexandria Playground Could Honor Slain Music Teacher

The Alexandria City Naming Commission is asking for public input on a proposal that would name a playground after Ruthanne Lodato, a music teacher who was fatally shot in February.

Bowser Meets With Henderson, But Won't Say If She'll Keep Her

Fresh off of her victory in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary, Muriel Bowser is already fielding questions on which agency heads she would keep — and one key figure in the city's school system isn't assured a job if Bowser wins November's general election.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

McAuliffe Signs Slew Of Bills

Bills tackling issues from standardized testing to the name of a body of water between Japan and the Koreas were signed into law this weekend.

'To Be Sold' Exhibit Explores Domestic Slave Trade In Virginia

An exhibit at the Library of Virginia will look at an aspect of the slave trade not often explored: people being bought and sold from within the continental United States.

Maryland Lawmakers Draw On Pensions To Pass $38.7B Budget

The Maryland General Assembly drew $200 million earmarked for the state's pension system in order to avoid dramatic cuts to the state's $38.7 billion budget.

George Huguely Denied Rehearing On Murder Appeal

The former University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted of second-degree murder in 2012 has been denied a rehearing.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Loudoun County Considers Closing Four Elementary Schools

The county's school board thinks closing the small schools would help close a budget gap.

Veterans Get Behind Proposal To Change Veterans Affairs Department

Republican lawmakers and Concerned Veterans for America think Veterans Affairs would function better if it were easier for the department to fire underperforming employees.

Maryland Lawmakers Crunch On Critical Bills Before Adjournment

In Maryland, it's go time for bills that deal with "House of Cards" tax breaks, minimum wage, and marijuana decriminalization.

Bill That Delays Wind Farm Gets Preliminary Approval In Maryland Senate

The Maryland Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill stalling a wind farm project off the coast of the state's Eastern Shore.