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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maryland Moves Toward Renewing Race, Gender Data Collection In Police Stops

The legislation has been in place since 2001, and supporters say it has led to a drop in racial profiling by police.

For Local Agencies, Homeland Security Spending Fight Is A Big Concern

If Congress can't get a deal on the Homeland Security bill by the end of the week, local and regional agencies — including even the smallest fire departments — could see serious effects on their budgets.

Republican Leader Warns Bowser Not To Legalize Pot In D.C.

A Republican leader on Tuesday warned D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser that implementing a marijuana legalization law would be considered a "knowing and willful violation of the law."

Here's Just About Everything You Need To Know About Pot Legalization In D.C.

With pot now legal in D.C., this is what you need to know about what is and isn't allowed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Proposed Virginia Budget Could Bring Boon To Local Governments

This is the last week of the General Assembly session in Richmond, and budget negotiations seem to be going smoothly — a far cry from last year — and that good benefit localities in Virginia.

Why You Won't See Uber Drivers On The App On Airport Property

Travelers who arrive at Reagan National and Dulles airports and look for a ride to their destination won't find any Uber cars waiting on airport property anymore.

D.C. Defends Plan For School That Would Serve Only Boys

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to open up an all-boys high school for minority students is facing new questions from the ACLU.

Where To Register For The White House Easter Egg Roll Lottery

Every Easter, the White House welcomes 30,000 people to the South Lawn for the annual easter egg roll, but tickets are allotted by lottery.

Congressional Redistricting Process In Virginia Pushed Back To September

A federal court last year found that Virginia's redistricting unfairly diluted the influence of the state's African American population, but redrawing the lines will have to wait the results of a Supreme Court appeal.

Pete Rahn Faces Scrutiny As Hogan's Pick For Maryland Transportation Secretary

Of all of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's cabinet choices, his pick for transportation secretary is the most watched, with its implications for the state's big mass transit projects.

Potential Delay Looms Over Start Of Purple Line Construction

Maryland's governor wants to give private companies a five-month extension on Purple Line bids in hopes that they can lower the costs, but supporters of the project say that push back the timeline and potentially compromise federal funds.

D.C. Area Activists Await Outcome Of Legal Battle On Deportation Protections

A federal judge moved to block President Barack Obama's executive action to extend deportation protection to millions of undocumented immigrants Monday, prompting an anxious response from local immigrants and activists.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Virginia Proposes Fining CSX Transportation For 2014 Oil Spill

Virginia is proposing a large fine against the freight rail carrier CSX Transportation for last year's train derailment that dumped nearly 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the James River in Lynchburg.

Instead Of Cleaning Up Litter, D.C. Wants Kids To Learn Not To Toss It

Instead of paying to pick up litter every year, two D.C. agencies are now hoping to discourage young residents not to litter at all.

Purple Line Delay Has Supporters Worried That Light Rail Line Won't Get Built

Construction of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is supposed to start by the end of the year, but another delay has supporters questioning the light rail system's future in Maryland.