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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Renewed Optimism At Wednesday's Immigration Rally On Capitol Hill

Thousands turned out to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Unlike in past years, there was a sense that change may really be on the way.

Maryland Senator On Gun Control Referendum: 'Bring It On'

Supporters of the gun control legislation passed in Maryland this legislative session are confident that the legislation banning assault weapons and large magazines will hold up to a referendum.

Low-Bid Process For Silver Line Phase II May Foster Hidden Costs

Bids from contractors on Phase II of the Silver Line come in soon, and while a focus on taking the lowest bidder does lighten the load on drivers, history shows that those savings may prove illusory.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Grosso Calls For Change To D.C. Charter School Admissions Process

Under new legislation introduced by Council member David Grosso, D.C. Charter schools would be allowed to show preference for neighborhood students, if they so chose.

Smithsonian Welcomes Musical Greats For Jazz Appreciation Month

Several big names in the jazz world are in D.C. this week to donate artifacts to the Smithsonian, and engage in a few jam sessions as well.

Anthony Brown Tops List Of Likely Candidates For Maryland Governor In 2014

The dust has scarcely settled on the 2013 legislative session in Maryland, and already attention turns to who will be in the running for governor this time next year.

DC Water Takes Aim At Sewage Overflows With Giant Tunnel Boring Machine

Standing before a two-story tall tunnel-boring machine, officials with DC Water say a new tunnel soon under construction will dramatically reduce sewage overflows into the Anacostia.

Medicaid Expansion A Step In The Right Direction For Some Virginia Residents

Half a million Virginia residents could see receive better medical coverage if an expansion of Medicaid is approved in the Commonwealth.

Contractors Agree To Pay For Repairs To Silver Spring Transit Center

It's more than two years late, and several million over budget at this point, but repairs to the Silver Spring Transit Center will go forward, with contractors footing the bill — for now.

How Do Medical Marijuana Laws Compare In The D.C. Region?

A dispensary for medical marijuana in D.C. is expected to open this month, putting the District's program far ahead of others in the region, including the one just passed in Maryland.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Video Recap: At-Large D.C. Council Debate

Candidates in the race for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council debated ethics and gentrification in a special forum Monday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. 

System For Monitoring Maryland Pipes Flawed

A water main break in Chevy Chase, Md., left a massive crater in Connecticut Avenue last month, which has brought renewed attention to the way pipes are monitored.

Scandals Aplenty In Store For Virginia Governor's Race

The first signs of controversies that are sure to become common knowledge in Virginia's gubernatorial race are surfacing between candidates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli.

Fairfax County School Board Considering Proposals On Disciplinary Reform

Disciplinary procedures in Fairfax are under review after the suicide of a 15-year-old Fairfax teenager who was suspsended and transferred for purchasing a small quantity of a legal drug.

Clean Sweep For O'Malley In Maryland's Legislative Session

Maryland's legislative session wrapped up late Monday night, and the slate of policy wins for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley have some wondering whether the state isn't becoming too liberal.