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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gun Owners Seeking D.C. Concealed Carry Permits Left In Limbo After Ruling

A judge's decision this week tossed out a key a provision of D.C.'s concealed carry law, but city officials haven't yet said what their next step will be.

Criticism Of Potomac Yard Metro Mounts As Vote Nears

Members of the Alexandria City Council will be assembling tonight to cast an official ballot moving forward with a new Metro station at Potomac Yard.

D.C., Maryland, Virginia Join Complaint Against Fraudulent Cancer Charities

Four cancer charities run by a Tennessee family reportedly bilked as much as $187 million in donations, and now the FTC and attorneys general for all 50 states are joining an action against the organizations.

For Now, Montgomery County Schools Chief Is Expected To Be A One-Year Job

The Board of Education is expected to give itself another year to find a replacement for Joshua Starr. Larry Bowers, who has been interim superintendent since February, is expected to stay in that job while the search continues.

African Immigration Trend Has A Strong Base In D.C. Area

Black immigration to the U.S. has long been dominated by people from places like Jamaica and Haiti, but that trend is changing, and the D.C. area is at the forefront of the new patterns, researchers say.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Alexandria Candidates For Mayor Clash Over Waterfront

One of the big issues in the Alexandria mayoral primary is the waterfront development: is it driving the economy, did it cost too much, will it be worth it in the end?

Searching For Transit In I-66 Expansion Plans; Public Funds Give Virginia Options

Virginia is going to study plans to keep future tolls on I-66 under state control, and state officials say doing so could produce hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for additional road and transit projects.

Minority And Labor Groups Angling For Influence Over Virginia Democratic Primaries

The Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers, Mid-Atlantic Laborers, the Korean American Service and Educational Consortium Fund are some of the groups that are endorsing five candidates across Virginia and deploying an army of volunteers to knock on doors.

Flex Those Muscles, D.C.: We're The Fittest City In The Country (Again)

The D.C. metropolitan area has been named the fittest city in the country for the second year in a row in a report by The American College of Sports Medicine.

Refunds On The Way For Some Maryland Residents After Supreme Court Ruling

Refunds are on the way for Maryland residents who earn income in other states after the Supreme Court ruled the state's income tax collection practices were unconstitutionial.

DDOT Installs U-Turn Barriers Along Pennsylvania Avenue Cycle Track

Cyclists have been complaining for years about cars pulling U-turns over the cycle track on Pennsylvania Avenue, and DDOT is hoping newly-installed Park-Its will ameliorate the problem.

In Hampton Roads, A Comprehensive Approach To Sea Level Rise

There's nearly twice the relative sea-level rise in Hampton Roads as similar Atlantic coast communities, and the Army Corps of Engineers is rolling out a plan to address it.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Federal Judge Strikes Down Heart Of D.C.'s New Concealed Carry Law

A federal judge on Monday struck down a provision of the District's new law governing who can carry a concealed handgun in the city, ruling that requiring applicants to prove they need a gun to defend themselves is a violation of the Second Amendment.

Who Will Pony Up For The Purple Line? County Leaders Meet Hogan Thursday

Supporters of the Purple Line project in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties say they still believe they can convince Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to get behind the project — despite signals the governor may cancel it.

'Preferred' Candidate For Montgomery County Schools Chief Passes On Job

Dr. Andrew Houlihan, the chief academic officer of the Houston Independent School District in Texas, won't be leading Montgomery County's school system after all.