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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Listen: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Applauds D.C. Ridesharing Legislation

The D.C. Council voted 12-1 Tuesday to formally legalize ridesharing services like UberX, Sidecar and Lyft. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick initially opposed regulations, but in an interview with transportation reporter Martin Di Caro, says the company is happy with how things turned out.

Most D.C. Voters Back Pot Legalization, Say Redskins Name Is Disparaging

A majority of D.C. voters say they will vote for a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana, and believe the name of Washington's football team is disparaging to Native Americans.

Bike Lanes May Soon Get A Boost In Fairfax County

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is backing a plan that would add bicycle lanes to the county to go along with new development.

Following Rocket Explosion, Eastern Shore Residents Urged Not To Handle Debris

An Antares rocket exploded shortly after takeoff on Tuesday night, and as scientists and engineers struggle to figure out the cause of the accident, they caution nearby residents not to handle the wreckage.

Digital Dispatch System Proposed For Montgomery County Cabs

The Montgomery County Council is considering new regulations that would put traditional cabs on a "digital dispatch" system, despite claims from companies themselves that it is unregulated ridesharing that is the issue.

Ridesharing Legislation Passes D.C. Council Over Protests Of Cabbies, Teamsters

Uber is not going anywhere. That was the message from the D.C. Council on Tuesday when lawmakers voted 12-1 to legalize and regulate ridesharing apps like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hillary Clinton To Stump For Brown In Md. Gubernatorial Race

Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to come to Maryland to help Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's campaign for governor.

Amber Alert Issued For Two Md. Toddlers

Police are looking Tiamarie Valenzuela and her two children, Gabriano Lloyd and Gia Lloyd.

Virginia Takes Another Look At Its Ethics Laws

Leaders from across Virginia are reexamining the state's infamous ethics laws, which became the focus of new concerns after former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted of extortion and conspiracy.

Montgomery County Council 'Bans The Box' On Job Applications

The Montgomery County Council today passed a bill limiting when employers can ask job-seekers about their criminal records.

Lawsuit Over D.C. Charter Schools Funding Turns Into Bigger Fight Over Home Rule

A lawsuit filed by a charter school advocacy group and two D.C. charter schools over what they say is uneven public funding has turned into a larger fight over the city's ability to govern itself and its public school system.

How Would Fairfax County's $100M Bond Referendum Be Spent?

More than $80 million of Fairfax County's proposed transportation bond referendum will go towards pedestrian, bicycle and trail improvements, if it's approved.

Virginia Ethics Panel Meets For The First Time, Targets Gift Disclosures

A panel that is to propose new ethics rules for public officials met for the first time on Monday, looking at issues like disclosure laws and an independent commission on redistricting.

Deadline To Submit Absentee Ballots In Virginia Is Approaching

Election Day is just a week away, and the deadline to cast absentee ballots in the Commonwealth of Virginia is nearly upon us.