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Thursday, December 17, 2015

'This Is Where It Starts,' McAuliffe Says About Boosting Virginia Economy, Schools

A proposed $1 billion boost in education funding is also an economic development

No Leader, Old Voting Machines: D.C.'s Election Agency Faces Multiple Challenges

The D.C. Board of Elections is without a leader — and struggling to explain whether or not it has the money to pay for voting machines it says it needs.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Delayed D.C. Streetcar Enters Final Test Period, With Officials' Fingers Crossed

Six years after construction crews started laying the tracks, the $200 million streetcar line in Northeast D.C. is entering its final testing period, leading city transportation officials to express confidence the long-delayed project finally is close to completion.

Exelon Paid FreshPAC Chairman To Lobby D.C. Government About Merger

Records show the head of a political action committee that supported D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was paid by Exelon to lobby city officials, raising new questions about the Bowser administration's handling of the proposed high-stakes merger between Pepco and Exelon.

Mikulski Secures $390 Million For FBI HQ; Maryland Ups The Ante On Virginia

The competition between Virginia and Maryland to host the new building for the Federal Bureau of Investigation got a big new wrinkle on Wednesday.

As D.C. Razes Tent Cities, One Resident Talks About Getting Under A Roof

Miguel Elerson recently traded a tent for a roof over his head as part of D.C.'s efforts to end chronic homelessness. The move towards apartment living is switch from much-maligned shelters.

FTA Adds 217 Unresolved Safety Problems To Metro's To-Do List

The federal overseers put in charge of Metro safety earlier this year issued a new directive this week, adding open safety findings to the list of things the transit agency will have to address.

When One Pick Isn't Enough: County Considers Ranked Choice Voting Proposal

As part of an effort to increase voter turnout, Montgomery County lawmakers are looking at introducing ranked choice voting for rare instances when there is a special election for certain countywide positions.

Mayor Bowser Unveils District's Plan To End Traffic Deaths

The Vision Zero action plan is the result of 10 months of collaboration by more than 20 city agencies. Washington is among a handful of U.S. cities to adopt such a program.

With Primary Only Months Away, Legal Challenge May Reshuffle Virginia Districts

A court case might upend the state's political geography and also set an important precedent for minority representation.

Congressional Spending Bill Blocks D.C. Pot Sales And Abortions, Allows Sledding

Congress is again prohibiting D.C. from legalizing pot sales and using any money to pay for abortions. But it's also allowing sledding on Capitol Hill.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

'Maybe We Should Have A Do-Over' — Vincent Gray On The Mayoral Election He Lost

WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi talks with Vincent Gray about the 2014 mayoral primary, which the former mayor lost in the aftermath of accusations that he knew about an illegal financing scheme during his 2010 campaign.

Why Is The D.C. Region Seeing Cherry Blossoms In December?

Angela Fritz of the Capital Weather Gang explains why D.C. temperatures are way above normal for December.

Court Disqualifies Judge On D.C. Concealed Carry Lawsuit, Setting Case Back

A federal court dealt a blow to D.C. gun rights advocates on Tuesday, disqualifying a judge who earlier this year ruled that the city's new concealed carry law is unconstitutional.

How A D.C. Bike Shop Is Helping Youth Find Their Way

Gearin’ Up Bicycles — a nonprofit bike shop in Northeast D.C. — serves as a refuge for young men, teaching them practical mechanical skills even as it provides alternatives to the streets.