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Thursday, December 18, 2014

D.C. Marks Record Year For Bike Lanes As Riders Call For More Protection

The District is marking a record year for bike lane construction — nine miles, bringing to 69 the total mileage of bike lanes across the city.

New Year's Eve Streetcar Ride On H Street? Maybe, But No Promises

The District’s top transportation official says streetcars along H Street and Benning Road Northeast have entered their final testing phase, but it remains to be seen if passenger service can start before Mayor Vincent Gray's term ends.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

D.C. Council Approves Bill Allowing Residents To Carry Concealed Handguns

The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill allowing residents and non-residents alike to apply for concealed carry licenses.

Do Not Drink Advisory Remains In Effect For Part of NW D.C., Closing 3 Schools

DC Water continues to advise residents of a portion of Logan Circle and Shaw to boil their water before consuming it, prompting the closure of a handful of schools.

Fairfax Military Family Gets A Holiday Surprise From Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront helps military families during difficult times, like they did with the Allred family in Fairfax County.

The Year's Best Music Videos From WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth

WAMU 88.5's music site still isn't a year old, but its collection of live-music videos is already noteworthy.

So Long, April: D.C. Council Approves Change To Primary Election Date

The date of the District's local primary election is changing — again.

D.C. United Scores New Stadium After Council Gives Final Approval To Deal

The D.C. Council today gave final approval to a $300 million deal for a new D.C. United stadium in Southwest D.C., scoring the team a new home after 20 years of playing at RFK Stadium.

Mental Health Policy Recommendations In Virginia Get Key Endorsement

Proposed reforms to the way emergency care is handled for mental health crises got a boost this week from a Virginia legislative panel formed in the wake of the suicide of the son of State Sen. Creigh Deeds.

Hogan Cabinet Appointments Announced In Annapolis

Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan will announce some of his cabinet appointments today, but there's no early indication which positions he will fill.

Vice President Biden Presides Over Lighting Of National Menorah

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins this week, and the White House was in on the celebration.

McAuliffe To Propose Limitations On Credits And Deductions In Virginia

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is taking aim at tax preferences, hoping to balance the commonwealth's budget by targeting costly measures.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Limitations On Tax Credits, Deductions Likely To Face Opposition In Virginia

Virtually every lobbyist in Richmond has a vested interested in tax credits that are already part of the code. That means the governor's proposal to roll back exemptions and credits for coalfield production, land preservation and long-term care insurance policies won't be easy.

D.C. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit, Ending Federal Oversight Of Special Education Cases

The District has been under federal oversight for the way it handles special education cases. But after almost two decades, a judge on Tuesday put an end to that oversight by dismissing a nearly two decade-old class action.

Report: D.C. Taking Steps Forward In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Just a few years ago, the District had a three percent rate of HIV infection. Since then a lot has improved, according to the D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.