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Monday, April 4, 2016

Public Vote On $15 Minimum Wage Moves Forward After D.C. Judge Reverses Course

A D.C. judge ruled on Monday that the question of whether the city should raise its minimum wage to $15 can be put to voters in November. But now proponents have to collect close to 25,000 signatures from voters to get the measure on the November ballot.

Friday, April 1, 2016

LISTEN: How The Weather Above The Water Affects Blue Crab Season

John Hopewell, contributor to the Capital Weather Gang, explains how rain, wind and heat affect the Chesapeake Bay's famous blue crabs.

D.C. Has A New Tool In The Fight To Fill Potholes: Tablets

Filling potholes isn't much of a science, but the District is now using technology — tablet computers, to be specific — to improve its performance during its annual pothole-filling campaign.

Mayor Bowser Bans D.C. Government Travel To North Carolina Over LGBT Law

The mayor says she's banning city employees from traveling to North Carolina on official business, taking a stand against a law critics say limits the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents of the Southern state.

CIA Leaves Explosive On Loudoun Co. School Bus After Training Exercise

An explosive device was left on a Loudoun County school bus after a CIA training exercise earlier this month, and was discovered only after the bus had returned to service.

D.C. Firefighters Say Technical Glitches Not Hindering Use Of Private Ambulances

D.C. Fire and EMS has augmented its fleet the last couple weeks with private ambulances, and while communications problems have hindered the sharing of patient information, fire officials say it's not affecting service.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

George Mason University Names Its Law School For Scalia

The announcement follows an anonymous $20 million donation from a Scalia admirer and a $10 million donation from the foundation of industrialist and philanthropist Charles Koch.

'Northern Scum' Will Probably Remain In Maryland State Song, For Now

A leading Maryland lawmaker says the state won't go through with changing the state song this year to remove Civil War-era phrases that some say are offensive.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Shutdowns Of Individual Metro Lines? Board Chairman Says It Might Be Necessary

Jack Evans says Metro's maintenance needs are so extensive that closing lines or portions of them on nights and weekends won't be sufficient.

Group Pushing Legalized Gambling In D.C. Wants To Open Casino In Anacostia

A group funded by an anonymous corporation registered in Delaware is pushing to legalize gambling in the District, first by creating a site in downtown Anacostia where people could play poker, blackjack and other card games.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Plan To Create Two Majority Minority Elementary Schools In Loudoun County Defeated

The Loudoun County School Board adopted a compromise redistricting plan Tuesday night that it says will alleviate overcrowding and close an achievement gap among English-language learners while keeping school populations diverse.

For This Off-Field Dispute, The Orioles And Nats Have Called In A Mediator

The long-running television dispute between the two Major League Baseball teams is heading to mediation.

As Pepco-Exelon Deal Enters Review Period, Opponents See Chance To Fight

Opponents of the Pepco-Exelon merger are asking D.C. regulators to reconsider their decision to approve the deal.

American Eagle Foundation Looking For Names For D.C.'s Internet-Famous Eaglets

The hatching of two baby eaglets at the U.S. National Arboretum has been watching around the country — but as they grow, this pair is going to need a couple names.

Metro: Quality Cameras Should Make For Quick Arrest In Fatal Deanwood Shooting

A teenager was fatally shot on Saturday afternoon on the platform at the Deanwood Metro station. Metro officials say they expect a quick arrest because the station was equipped with good security cameras.