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Friday, April 4, 2014

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.

D.C. Police Release Another Video In Search For Relisha Rudd

A newly released video shows a person of interest in the ongoing search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

On Opening Day, Nationals Tout New Food, Retail At Park

On the day that the Washington Nationals kick play their home opener, team official are touting the new food, retail and technology that fans will experience at Nationals Park.

Under Bill, All Dog Owners In Maryland Liable For Dog Bites

All Maryland dog owners would be liable for their pets if they bite someone, but owners would have a chance to rebut a presumption of liability in court, under a bill that has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

Gray Presents $10.7 Billion Budget To D.C. Council

Two days after he was defeated in his bid for a second term, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has proposed a $10.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Federal Panel Rejects Eisenhower Memorial Design

A federal commission that oversees monuments in the nation's capital has voted to reject the current design of the Eisenhower Memorial.

Why Silver Spring is A Destination for Lovers of Vinyl

With three independent record stores, Silver Spring has become a destination for music lovers. But with so much redevelopment in the area, how long will that last?

McAuliffe Signs Bill Limiting Cell Phone Tracking By Police

The bill authored by Republican Del. Bob Marshall and backed by the Virginia ACLU limits how far police can go when tracking people on their cell phones.

Family And Friends Remember Sailor Killed In Norfolk Shooting

Families and friends gathered last night to honor Mark Mayo, the sailor who was fatally shot last week in Norfolk, Va. after a gunman boarded a ship.

Fate Of Columbia Pike Streetcar Could Be Decided By Special Election

Voters are about to head to the polls in Arlington for a special election to select a new member of the Arlington County Board. The results of the election could help decide whether or not a new streetcar system is built along Columbia Pike.

Maryland Senate Bill Would Hike Minimum Wage, But Not Until 2018

The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a bill raising the state's minimum wage this morning, but it's a different version than one passed by the House of Delegates last month.

D.C. Failing To Properly Educate Adult Learners, Says Report

D.C. is home to many skilled and highly eductaed workers, but a report from D.C. Appleseed finds that the city is failing to properly serve 60,000 adult learners.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Maryland House Committee Stalls On Marijuana Decriminalization

In Maryland, a House committee has voted to study marijuana decriminalization rather than act. But supporters in the Senate say the fight isn't over.