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Monday, March 16, 2015

As Debt Limit Reached Again, More Fear Of Budget Fights And Shutdowns

Today the U.S. will reach its borrowing limit, which has the Treasury Department deploying “extraordinary measures” to continue paying its bills.

Cycling Advocates Fear D.C. Is Hitting Brakes On Building Infrastructure

Cycling advocates say that 2014 was a banner year in D.C. for the construction of bicycling infrastructure, but worry that the city will lose momentum in 2015 on building a network of protected bike lanes.

Small Business Groups Blast Senator's Investigation Of D.C. Health Exchange

Local business groups in D.C. say that Louisiana Senator David Vitter’s investigation into Congress and the city's health insurance exchange could violate the privacy of those who purchased health insurance on the exchange.

Maryland Legislator Wants State To Have An Official Tartan

Maryland has an official state drink, state exercise, state dance, and state dessert. But unlike 30 other states, it doesn't have a state tartan. That could soon change.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Warner Backs Legislation To Improve Reporting Of Campus Sexual Assaults

For the second year, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for better reporting requirements for sexual assaults on college campuses.

Campaign To Save Sweet Briar College Raises Millions, Explores Legal Options

The news that Sweet Briar College in Virginia would shutter its doors later this year has not been taken lightly, as alumni and supporters of the women's liberal arts school organize a plan to save it.

On The Market: The McDonnells' $944,000 Home In Glen Allen

The soon-to-be-former home of Bob and Maureen McDonnell in Glen Allen, Virginia, was put on the market last week for nearly $1 million as the couple waits for their appeal.

Friday, March 13, 2015

In Wake Of Streetcar Battle, Tough Election, Arlington Leader To Step Down

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan, chief executive of one of the region's most prosperous governments, is stepping down at a time when it has become embroiled in controversy.

D.C. Charter School Graduation Rates Dip To 69 Percent

The public charter school system in D.C. saw a decrease of 7 percentage points in the overall high school graduation rate last year.

The Bounce: This Week In Music News

Why the family of D.C. soul legend Marvin Gaye could collect $7.4 million, criticism of Record Store Day and more headlines from the week in music.

Metro Suspends Search For New Leader, But Gets Agreement On New Railcars

Under pressure from D.C. and Maryland, Metro is suspending its search for a new general manager. But the transit system's jurisdictions did agree to purchase 220 new railcars.

D.C. Keeps Charter School Graduation Rate Under Wraps

Just how many kids graduate from D.C.'s public and charter schools?

Push To Allow Maryland Students To Have Reusable Bottles In School Runs Dry

Supporters of the Thirsty Kids Act argue that allowing Maryland students to have reusable water bottles in public schools will keep them better hydrated, while opponents say they will simply prove to be a distraction.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Alleged Secret Service Drunk Driving Incident Prompts Search For Answers

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding answers after two Secret Service agents allegedly hit a barricade at the White House while drunk and disrupted an active bomb investigation.

Maryland Senate Moves On Bill Expanding Voting Rights For Felons

A bill from Baltimore Democrat Joan Carter Conway would allow felons who are out of prison, but still on parole or probation, the ability to register to vote.