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Monday, July 14, 2014

Council And Superintendent Clash Over School Boundaries In Montgomery County

A council staff report shows schools are becoming increasingly segregated in the county, adding to a growing achievement gap between white and Asian students and their black and Latino counterparts.

Opponents Criticize Virginia's Support Of Arlington Streetcar

Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt says leaders at the Virginia Department of Transportation may have acted hastily by offering additional money for the streetcar proposal on Columbia Pike. VDOT says the streetcar is nothing new.

D.C. Council Overrides Gray's Budget Veto; Tax Cut Plan Approved

The D.C. Council today voted 12-1 to override a veto by Mayor Vincent Gray of the 2015 budget, handing the outgoing executive a defeat on a spending plan that will largely impact his successor.

D.C. Council Bill Would Minimize Pre-K Suspensions

D.C. Council member is sponsoring legislation to prohibit the city's public schools from suspending or expelling pre-kindergarten students except in rare circumstances.

New Casino At National Harbor Expected To Be Approved Monday

The path may well be cleared this week for the construction of an MGM casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County.

Remembering The Maryland Roots Of An American Gospel Legend

Rev. Charles Albert Tindley is considered one of the founding fathers of American Gospel Music, and at least one historian in Berlin, Maryland, would like to hear more about his Maryland roots.

Feds Scrap Plan To House Immigrant Children In Carroll County

A plan from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to house undocumented children in a vacant Army Reserve building in Westminster, Maryland, was promptly scrapped over the weekend.

Maryland's Andy Harris Defends Move To Block D.C. Marijuana Bill

The Maryland Republican Congressman who moved to block a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in D.C. defended his actions and criticized the move to boycott businesses in his district, which includes popular tourist destination Ocean City.

Gray Makes Pitch For D.C. Streetcar Ahead Of Budget Vote Monday

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the District's spending plan last week and is now making his pitch for compromise on the budget ahead of D.C. Council's override vote on Monday.

Ridesharing Critics Urge Caution As D.C. Regulation Put On Hold

The move to regulate ridesharing services like UberX and Lyft will likely be put on hold as the D.C. Council moves towards a recess next week, but critics like Council member Mary Cheh say riders this summer may not be covered.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Democrats Push To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

Virginia's Tim Kaine and other Democrats are trying to overturn the ruling with legislation they say will protect female workers.

Congressman Says He'd Support D.C. Marijuana Law If It Echoed Maryland's

Harris' comments could be an end to the dispute between him, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray and supporters of D.C. voting rights, if they're not just the latest chapter.

Gray Vetoes D.C. Budget, Asks Council To Delay Summer Recess

Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed the 2015 D.C. budget, and is asking the D.C. Council to suspend its upcoming summer recess to work on the spending plan for the fiscal year starting in October.

Virginia To Boost Funding For Columbia Pike Streetcar

A plan to run a streetcar between Fairfax and Arlington counties has received a boost after state officials announced they will increase funding for the project by up to $65 million.

Virginia Asks Residents For Input On Historic Preservation

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is seeking the public's point of view on historic preservation.

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