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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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.

Monday, April 8, 2013

JMU Latest Virginia School To Report Mumps Case

Several cases of the mumps have been reported at various Virginia schools, with James Madison University being the latest.

Maryland Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

Medical marijuana in Maryland is one step closer to reality, as the Maryland Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a measure on the last day of the legislative session.

Analysis: House Lawmakers Continue Working On Postal Service Reform

David Hawkings, political columnist at Hawkings Here, explains why two federal lawmakers are asking the postal service to consolidate services on Capitol Hill.

Do You Feel Safe Walking Alone At Night In The D.C. Area?

Nearly three in four residents of the greater D.C. Metro area say they feel safe walking alone at night in their neighborhoods, which aligns closely with the national average.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 8, 2013

You can see edited photographs that speak to a bygone era, or visit an exhibition featuring work by three art students.

Cancer Organizations To Rally At Carnegie Library

Cancer researchers are taking off their lab coats to protest sequestration budget cuts at the Rally for Medical Research at the Carnegie Library today at 11 a.m.

New Disciplinary Rules Debated For Fairfax County Schools

Following the suicide of a 15-year-old student in Fairfax County last year, school board officials will be reviewing recommendations to change the way discipline is meted out.