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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Q&A With WAMU's Michael Pope About The McDonnell Sentencing

Our Virginia reporter describes the scene in the courtroom in Richmond.

D.C. Legislator Wants Council Out Of Contract Approval Business

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) is introducing a bill to remove the D.C. Council from the procurement process.

McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Federal Prison For Corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Officials Say Stronger-Than-Expected Storm Caught Region By Surprise

A stronger-than-expected storm caught the region by surprise this morning, leaving local roads covered in snow and ice and motorists stranded for hours as they tried to get to work.

Snow Causes Outages, Closes Schools Across D.C. Area

Some schools are closed, power is out for some, federal agencies are open, and the roads are a mess. It's a snow day in D.C.

Parisot, Murphy Face Off In Northern Virginia Special Election

The Virginia House of Delegates seat previously held by Barbara Comstock is up for grabs in a special election on Tuesday in a race that is not expected to draw many voters.

Sentencing For Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Scheduled For 10 A.M.

A probation department has called for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to get at least 10 years in prison on corruption and conspiracy charges, but the sentence won't come until a judge rules at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Year, A New Attempt To Change D.C.'s Bike Crash Liability Law

With the new year comes another new plan to change a D.C. law that now prevents bike riders and pedestrians from receiving compensation when injured in a traffic crash.

Christopher Barry Files Paperwork To Run For D.C. Council Seat Held By Father

Marion Barry’s son Christopher will run in the special election to fill his late father’s D.C. Council seat.

Bowser Calls On Republicans To Restore Norton's House Vote

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is kicking off her new administration by lobbying Congress for more representation.

Flags Fly At Half-Staff In Maryland To Honor Wicomico Vet

Sgt. Major Wardell Turner of Wicomico County was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery today, and Maryland flags are lowered in his honor.

Lawsuit Alleges Gerrymandering In 12 Virginia House Districts

Voters in 12 House districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia have filed suit, bringing accusations of racial gerrymandering.

Streetcar Gets In 'Minor Accident' While On Test Run

Less than three weeks remain until the scheduled opening of the streetcar along H Street Northeast in Washington D.C., which shouldn't change even after a reported accident over the weekend.

Bob McDonnell Faces Sentencing Tuesday

Sentencing in the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is slated for Tuesday on 11 counts of corruption and conspiracy, which experts say could cost the Republican at least a decade in prison.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bowser Says D.C. Pot Legalization Alive Despite Congressional Attempt To Block

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city's marijuana legalization ballot initiative is safe despite congressional action to block it.