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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.

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.