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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

For Military Personnel, High-Interest Lenders Aren't Far Away

Military communities across the country are enticing targets for high-interest lenders, but the story plays out with particular intensity in Virginia. The commonwealth offers a wealth of military personnel, a regulatory environment that's relatively friendly to high-interest lenders, and a geographical advantage for lenders, too.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Montgomery County Lawmakers Reach Compromise On Lawn Pesticides

All year, the Montgomery County council has been debating a bill that would prevent certain pesticides from being used on lawns. But a day before council members are scheduled to vote on that bill, a compromise has been reached that looks like it will pass.

Metro Plan To Cut Service On Four Of Six Lines Is Dead

A proposal to cut rush hour service on four of six lines in order to reduce wait times on the Blue Line is dead.

Inside The Fast-Cash World Of Virginia Car-Title Lenders

Part 1 of "The Debt Trap," reporter Michael Pope's series on the car-title lending industry in Virginia: The state cracked down on payday lenders in 2009, but critics say the industry that's cropped up to replace them is just as predatory.

Can Metro Find The Next Richard Ravitch?

In the early '80s, he approached New York's subway problems with a strong will, a skill for talking to politicians, a deep concern for ordinary riders and desire to learn the nuts and bolts of the system.

Tension Over Funding Marked For 'High Needs' Schools In Montgomery County

A report prompted by the county Council has left the School Board on the defensive about $50 million in funding.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

U.S. May Lag On Paid Parental Leave, But D.C. Could Jump Ahead With 16 Weeks

Under a bill introduced on Tuesday, all D.C. residents would be eligible for 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave — more than anywhere else in the country.

How Virginia Became The Region's Hub For High-Interest Loans

After creating and then stifling Virginia's payday lending industry, state lawmakers opened the door to car-title lending in 2010. Since then, these businesses have stayed a step ahead of efforts to limit how much interest they charge.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Maryland Activists Call For Policing Reforms

Monday night, a group of activists plan to ask lawmakers to sign on to a list of priorities they say are key to improving police accountability when there's misconduct.

Invasive Insect Could Wreak Havoc On U.S. Tomato Crop

A virginia tech plant pathologist says it's time to implement quarantine measures on tomatoes being imported from other countries where the South American Tomato Leafminer has already taken hold.

Friday, October 2, 2015

U Street Alley Named After D.C. Blues Legend Nap Turner

A Northwest D.C. alleyway has just been named after Nap Turner, a beloved D.C. musician and radio host who died in 2004.

With Gillespie Announcement, Virginia 2017 Governor Race Already Taking Shape

Already tired of politics in 2016? Well, get ready for the politics of 2017, because Virginia's race for governor appears to have an early start.

Metro Could Have New Leader In November, Says D.C. Legislator

"We hope to get this wrapped up in early to mid-November," says D.C. Council member Jack Evans, one of four board members overseeing the process of finding a new general manager for Metro.

Hurricane Joaquin's Cone Bends Eastward; Weekend Will Still Begin Wet

Heavy rainfall is possible Friday into at least the first half of Saturday. Ian Livingston of the Capital Weather Gang says the center of Hurricane Joaquin, however, is favored to stay well to the east of the mid-Atlantic region.

'A Terrible Day' — 9 Killed By Gunman In Oregon Town

At least nine people were killed by the gunman and one witness said the attacker demanded to know students' religion before shooting them on Thursday, the fourth day of class at Umpqua Community College.