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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

D.C. Parents Could End Up Charged Under New Truancy Bill

Under a new bill proposed by Council member David Catania, parents in the District could face charges if their children continue to miss classes.

Former MWAA VP Sues For Defamation

A former Vice President of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is suing his former employer for defamation, claiming that the organization misrepresented the terms of his departure to authorities.

O'Malley Tries Again On Offshore Wind In Maryland

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is seeing a clearer path for his offshore wind proposal this year than in previous legislative sessions.

House To Vote On Combination Debt Limit, Budget Mandate Bill

The House is expected to vote today on a bill to push back the debt ceiling fight by three months, but there's a catch. Republicans also want lawmakers to forego their own salaries if they fail to pass an annual budget.

Planners Survey Area Residents On Transportation Solutions

Regional transportation planners are trying to gauge public sentiment on various options to address the gridlock on the D.C. area's roads. More toll lanes were the most popular option in a study they will release today.

Virginia Debates Putting Armed Guards In Schools

A Virginia task force charged with reexamining school safety in the commonwealth is debating whether to require an armed guard in every school — but not everyone is sold on the idea.

McDuffie Proposes Mandatory Campaign Finance Training

The D.C. Council member recently put in charge of the city's campaign finance reform efforts is hitting the ground running; he has proposed requiring campaign finance training for all candidates and treasurers before they can take donations.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Analysis: Virginia Redistricting Draws Ire Of Warner, Kaine

A controversial plan by Virginia Republicans has Democrats' blood boiling, including, says The Hill's Alex Bolton, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, who are calling on the governor to weigh in.

Another Prince George's Co. Teen A Victim Of Gun Violence

A high school junior from Fort Washington, Md., was shot to death over the weekend — the fourth Prince George's County teen to be killed just this school year.

Proposed Smoking Ban Draws Sparse Criticism In Montgomery Co.

There was little opposition at a meeting of the Montgomery County Council today to a provision that would extend the existing smoking ban to cover all county-owned or leased property.

Redistricting Effort Targets Virginia Democrats In Swing Districts

Virginia lawmakers are considering a new plan that would redraw many state senate districts in Northern Virginia, specifically targetting swing areas currently controlled by Democrats.

D.C. Councilwoman Cheh Pushes For Public Release Of Mugshots

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is calling for the District to join the more than two-thirds of states that release mugshots to the public.

National Prayer Service Caps Inauguration Ceremonies

President Barack Obama started the first official day of his second term Tuesday at a prayer service at the National Cathedral, emphasizing a spirit of inclusion.

VIDEO: Inauguration Day Time Lapse

WAMU 88.5's Morning Edition crew had to be at the U.S. Capitol at 4 a.m. to kick off the station's live inauguration coverage on Jan. 21. They set up a camera to record images for this time lapse video.