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Friday, April 17, 2015

How D.C. Is Turning A 'Pedestrian Dead-Zone' Into An Eco-Showcase

From brown and gray to bright green: 15 blocks of Southwest Washington are on their way to becoming a "high performance environmental showcase."

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cardin's 'Interesting Week' Crests With Success On Iran Bill

The Maryland senator found himself in the position of bringing the president, Senate Republicans and his Democratic colleagues to the table.

Virginia's Drone Legislation Retains Requirement For Warrants

Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to ensure that law enforcement can get access to information from drones without a warrant, but both chambers of the General Assembly have voted against his amendments.

D.C. Celebrates Emancipation Day With A Tighter Budget

The city budgeted $250,000 to cover the festivities this year, after a fight last year between then-Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. Council.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Full Signal Coverage On Metro For First Responders, Passengers Still Years Away

The deadly smoke incident in a tunnel at L'Enfant Plaza earlier this year prompted Metro to improve the reliability of radios for first responders — but it will be years before a project to up the reliability to 99 percent is complete.

$15 Minimum Wage? Labor Groups Want D.C. Voters To Decide

A coalition of labor and social justice groups have announced plans for a ballot initiative in 2016 that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, above the increase to $11.50 that is currently being phased in.

New Maryland Ride-Hailing Regulations Address Background Checks, Insurance

Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft are unregulated no more — at least in Maryland, where lawmakers closed the loop on some persistent questions about the way these services operate.

Metro Sees Land Development Leading To Big Ridership Increases

The development of dense urban development around Metro stations in the D.C. region is bolstering Metro ridership forecasts in the coming years and may weigh in on how the transit agency deals with strained rail capacity.

For Veterans' Care Centers, McAuliffe And Lawmakers Agree On State Funding

Recently passed Virginia legislation says the state can only fund new veterans care centers if federal grants come through. The governor wants to amend that bill, and the

Medical Marijuana Cultivators Given Boost By D.C. Council

Under legislation approved yesterday, the city's three medical marijuana cultivators can double, to 1,000, the number of plants they grow.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tea Party, ACLU Line Up Against McAuliffe, Police On Virginia Drones

What will happen in Virginia when a moratorium on the use of drones by law enforcement ends this June? It depends in part how the General Assembly chooses to handle a showdown with Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

As D.C. Expands Use Of Body Cameras, Bowser Moves To Limit Access To Video

D.C. residents will soon be recorded by police officers outfitted with body-worn cameras, but Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to make it impossible for those residents to get copies of those recordings.

Body Cameras Get Temporary Approval In Maryland For This Year

Deadly encounters between police and the communities they serve have put a renewed focus on the use of body cameras on police. Lawmakers in Maryland have given a temporary reprieve on the state's wiretapping laws while a commission comes up with clearer rules.

On National Mall, A Museum Building Prepares To Reopen Its Doors

The Arts and Industries Building is scheduled to be open for events in late 2015.

The Lucky 7000? Metro's New Cars Make Their First Trips

The new railcars are not only better at protecting passengers in a crash, they are supposed to be more reliable than the aging cars Metro expends so much time and energy maintaining.