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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Little Optimism For Medicaid Expansion In Virginia Special Session

Virginia legislators will meet in Richmond next week for a special session on Medicaid expansion, something Democrats say is little more than a "dog-and-pony show."

Neglected D.C. Sidewalks Pose Threat To Seniors, Report Says

The city has had a long backlog of sidewalks that need repair, and they're making it harder for D.C. seniors to get around.

Montgomery County Police Searching For Missing 27-Year-Old Woman And Two Children

A mother and her two young children went missing earlier this week in Maryland. The mother, Catherine Hoggle, has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Virginia's Jim Moran Reflects On Time In Congress Ahead Of Retirement

Democrat Jim Moran has represented Northern Virginia in Congress for the last 23 years, but announced earlier this year that he would not seek reelection. He speaks with Matt McCleskey about his time on Capitol Hill.

Montgomery County Could Join Growing Ban On Styrofoam Containers

In a bid to reduce the amount of non-biodegradeable trash finding its way into area waterways, two Montgomery County lawmakers want to join the growing movement to ban styrofoam containers.

Glut Of Parking For Cars, Shortage For Bikes At McLean Metro Station

A big concern for the Silver Line was whether there would be enough car parking, but more than a month after opening day, the only shortage at the McLean Metro station is a shortage of places for people to lock their bikes.

McAuliffe Announces Scaled Back Plan To Expand Healthcare In Virginia

Virginia legislators passed an amendment barring Gov. Terry McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid without legislative approval.

Seven Of D.C. Fire's Ladder Trucks Fail Inspection

The union representing D.C. firefighters is criticizing the fire department for the poor inspection record of the city's fleet of ladder trucks.

Review Of Relisha Rudd's Disappearance Raises Questions On Training, Reporting

Advocates for the homeless in D.C. say that a city-led review of the case of an 8-year-old who was taken from the D.C. General shelter earlier this year raises as many questions as it answers.

Monday, September 8, 2014

'The Rent Is Too Damn High' Sloganeer Now Working For Hailo Taxi App

To compete with the popular UberX, e-hailing service Hailo has cut its fares and hired a new spokesperson, a somewhat infamous New York City mayoral candidate.

Report: D.C.'s Aggressive Ticketing Leaves Drivers Struggling To Prove Innocence

A report from the D.C. Inspector General says that policies and practices at three agencies responsible for handing out tickets for parking and moving violations make it harder for drivers to prove their innocence.

Severance Charged With Three Alexandria Killings, Won't Face Death Penalty

A grand jury in Alexandria has charged Charles Severance with murdering Nancy Dunning, Ron Kirby and Ruthanne Lodato, three homicides that shook the quiet communities in which they occurred.

Senate Sets Hearing On D.C. Statehood Bill, First In 20 Years

A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia, the first open debate on a statehood measure in Congress in over two decades.

Commentary: Report On Relisha Rudd Misses The Big Picture

Judith Sandalow of the Children's Law Center says focusing on who is at fault for the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd misses the larger structural issues that contributed to the situation.

Should Lawmakers Use 'Franking Privilege' On Facebook Ads, Online Polls?

Incumbent politicians enjoy a "franking privilege" which allows them to send mail to constituents on the taxpayer's dollar, but new, digital ways of reaching out to voters have blurred the lines of what's acceptable.

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