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Monday, March 2, 2015

Judge Orders D.C. To Pay $9.2 Million For Wrongful Conviction

The D.C. government has been ordered to pay more than $9 million to Kirk Odom, a District man wrongly imprisoned for more than two decades.

Maryland's Barbara Mikulski To Retire From The U.S. Senate

Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Congressional history will retire when her fifth term in the Senate is up.

New Escalator At Dupont Circle South Already Undergoing Major Repair

Metro spent nine months and $12 million rebuilding the escalators at Dupont Circle South. So riders are asking themselves: why is one of those escalators broken already?

Bowser Administration Considering Killing D.C. Streetcar Expansion Plans

The original vision for the D.C. Streetcar system was a 22-miles of track to connect disparate parts of the District. But a changing budget climate has led to pared down plans that could diminish the streetcar's value.

D.C. Should Reject Pepco-Exelon Merger, Council Member Mary Cheh Says

If the Pepco-Exelon merger is approved, it would become the largest power distributor in the U.S. — but one D.C. lawmaker says it's bad business for the city.

Virginia Lawmakers Brace For Possibility Affordable Care Act Could Be Jettisoned

The Supreme Court is preparing to hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, potentially threatening the federal subsidies that pay for health care for millions of Americans.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hogan's Pick For Transportation Secretary To Get Second Day Of Scrutiny

Lawmakers in Maryland's executive nominations committee didn't get in all the questions they had for Pete Rahn during his confirmation hearing last week, so they will take another pass Monday.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Md. State Senator Wants To Lower Drinking Age For Active-Duty Military

A state senator from Maryland wants to drop the legal drinking age to 18 for active-duty military members, saying it's a small token of appreciation for soldiers.

Homeland Security Funding In Limbo, As House, Senate Fail To Agree

With just hours before the Department of Homeland Security runs out of funding, the GOP-controlled Senate voted to approve a plan that avoids shutting down parts of the agency.

The Bounce: The Week In Music News From WAMU's Bandwidth

Lady Gaga started the week with a bang, D.C.'s Raheem DeVaughn had some choice words about contemporary R&B, and Kenny G met Warren G.

Paycheck Politics And The Homeland Security Bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is blasting Republicans who claim that the department's workers can weather a temporary shutdown if Congress can't finish legislation to fund the department by the end of Friday.

Dutch To D.C.: Actually, Our Pot Laws Are More Restrictive Than Yours

After D.C.'s mayor tried to reassure residents that D.C.'s new pot legalization law wouldn't make the city "like Amsterdam," the Dutch Embassy fired back to clarify that it's drug laws are stricter than D.C.'s are.

D.C. Police Worry That Public Pot-Smoking Prohibition Will Be Tough To Enforce

As some in D.C. celebrate the new law legalizing marijuana, there are new concerns about whether police will be able to stop people from smoking marijuana in public.

Metro Sets Aside Plan For Fare Hike, Substantial Service Cuts

Metro’s board of directors shelved a proposal on Thursday to raise rail and bus fares about a dime and make substantial service cuts.

Can You Hear Me Now? In Metro Tunnels, Answer Is 'Not Yet'

Neither Metro nor the four major wireless carriers can say whether they will complete long-delayed work to provide cellphone coverage in Metro rail tunnels as a Sept. 30 deadline looms, three years after the original deadline passed.