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Monday, February 9, 2015

D.C. Council Holding Public Hearing On Pot Legalization

A public hearing with the D.C. Council today will outline plans for the taxation and regulation of marijuana sales in the District.

Two Bills Out Of Montgomery County Could Test Hogan's Stance On New Taxes

Bills to raise taxes on cigarettes and to include hotel taxes for online travel booking sites have been introduced by a Montgomery County lawmaker, despite Gov. Larry Hogan's insistence that there be no new taxes passed in the state.

Comparing Metro Emergency Protocols To L'Enfant Smoke Incident Response

More than 80 people were injured and one woman died in a Metro emergency last month. As the investigation into the incident continues, we look at at an agreement on emergency procedures between Metro and responders and look at whether things went according to the plan.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Big And Rare: Exhibit On Renaissance Painter Comes To D.C.

Piero di Cosimo painted on large wood panels. Getting a lot of them in one place isn't easy.

$338 Million Boost Expected In Virginia State Revenue

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the extra money will allow a little wiggle room as lawmakers write the next budget.

August Recess Shouldn't Be Automatic For Congress, Lawmaker Says

Republican Rob Wittman of Virgnia has proposed canceling lawmakers' monthlong August recess if they fail to pass the nation's spending bills.

A New Year For Maryland Bill On Paternity Rights Of Rapists?

The makeup of the state House could change the fortunes of a proposal to allow women who decide to continue with a pregnancy that results from rape to petition to block paternity rights of the rapist.

Multiple Angles On Man Ray's Creativity

A new exhibit at the Phillips Collection gets inside Man Ray's "Shakespearean Equations" series.

Gun Control Votes Can Still Happen In GOP-Led Congress, Rep. Hoyer Says

The Maryland Democrat says gun control advocates should keep up the pressure for action on legislation.

Friday, February 6, 2015

D.C. Drops Request For More Flexibility In Housing Homeless Families

After finding 100 additional motel rooms to house homeless families, D.C. withdrew a request that a 2014 order requiring that families be placed in private rooms be modified.

In Arlington, Cash-Friendly Bikeshare Eliminates A Barrier To Low-Income Residents

"One of the criticisms of bikesharing throughout the country is that you have to have a credit card to access this system," says Chris Hamilton, who runs Arlington's Commuter Services bureau. He says the cash program is designed to help folks who do not have credit or debit cards.

Bill Would Automate Toll Collection On Bay Bridge, Ideally Slashing Wait Times

A Republican lawmaker from Maryland thinks he has the solution to heavy traffic crossing the Bay Bridge.

Virginia Senate Takes Action Against Cigarette Smuggling

It's a controversial move in a state that was once the capital of the tobacco empire.

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

Missy Elliott wins the week in music, the Washington Post analyzes a potential Grammy win by Iggy Azaelia, important questions are asked about the D.C. band Paperhaus, and Washingtonian goes inside the famous, long-gone Quonset.

Facing Crisis, D.C. Asks Judge For Flexibility In Housing Homeless Families

The District is asking a judge to grant it flexibility in where it houses homeless families, saying a spike in homelessness and lack of housing options for homeless families had left the city with few options.