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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

D.C. Schools Improved Under Mayoral Control, But Progress Remains Uneven

The first formal assessment of D.C.'s public schools since mayoral control was granted in 2007 finds that while small gains have been made, work remains to be done.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Exculpatory Evidence Now Has Longer Shelf Life In Virginia

A ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court would give new light to exculpatory evidence suppressed by authorities, even in cases where it's too late to appeal.

Why Two Maryland Counties Are Trading Investigations Into Police-Related Deaths

There's a perception that investigations into police-related deaths are hampered by the relationships between county cops and top prosecutors — prompting two Maryland counties to agree to investigate cases for each other.

Monday, June 1, 2015

What Do Virginia's Local Primary Campaigns Spend Cash On Anyway?

The political consultants need to get paid, and that direct mail needs postage. Then there's the website and the campaign staff. These are the things candidates in the upcoming Virginia primary are spending big money on.

Memorial Bridge: A Symbol Of What Ails America's Crumbling Infrastructure

With two lanes of the Memorial Bridge closed because an inspection found rapidly corroding support beams, local officials are calling on Congress to pay for the repair of crumbling infrastructure.

'Goods, Not Guns': D.C. Businesses Urged To Say 'No' To Concealed Handguns

In what could be the first visible sign of how the District is adapting to an era of looser gun laws, two D.C. residents are kicking off a campaign on Tuesday to encourage local businesses to post signs prohibiting patrons from entering with concealed handguns.

Residents East Of Anacostia Blame New 11th Street Bridge For Traffic Woes

The new 11th Street Bridge was designed to relieve traffic between Anacostia Freeway and I-695, but residents east of the river say their local roads have been clogged with spillover.

What If Pepco Was Replaced With A City-Owned Electric Utility?

While the D.C. Council weighs the merger of power companies Exelon and Pepco, one D.C. Council member wants to study the feasability of a municipally-owned utility a la Seattle or Los Angeles.

With Virginia Primaries A Week Away, The Direct Mail Is Coming

It's the final week before primary election day in Virginia, and that means the gloves are coming off in direct mail campaigns for races like the State Senate and local boards of supervisors.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Jurisdictions Scramble To Find Alternatives To Virginia's Vulnerable Voting Machines

Earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Elections found a series of security issues with WINVote machines used across the state — and now localities are trying to find alternatives, which will include hand-counting ballots.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. O'Malley Stirs Hype For Expected Presidential Run

If there was any suspense left, the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor sapped it Friday with the release of a hint-dropping video.

Poll: Maryland Voters Concerned About Time Spent On Standardized Tests

When it comes to education issues, Maryland voters are worried about too much standardized testing of kids more than anything else, according to a poll commissioned and released by the state's teachers union. The survey shows rare bipartisan agreement on education in Maryland.

How Long Should Anonymous Sexual-Assault Evidence Be Retained?

In many cases, victims of sexual assault do not want to press charges. Many don't even want to give their identities when hospitals collect DNA evidence. That creates a quandary for law enforcement officials.

Lane Closures, Weight Limit In Effect On Aging Memorial Bridge

No Metro buses can travel across the bridge until emergency repairs are completed. Federal officials say they could take at least six months.

Virginia Residents Who Could Lose Homes To Wider I-66 Sound Off

The Virginia Department of Transportation heard from homeowners along the Interstate 66 corridor in Fairfax County Thursday night and the consensus was clear: the agency must fix its plans to expand the highway to ten lanes for 25 miles from the Beltway west to Haymarket.