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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Montgomery County Tweaks Its Ban On Lawn Pesticides, And Supporters Aren't Happy

For most of 2015, the Montgomery County council has been debating a ban on certain pesticides used on lawns. A council committee approved the ban Thursday morning, but not before making some major changes to it — and its biggest supporters aren't pleased.

Fight Over Pepco-Exelon Merger May Not Be Over Yet

After regulators in D.C. nixed a multibillion-dollar deal to merge Pepco and energy giant Exelon, both opponents and supporters of the merger say the story isn't over.

Metrobus Shooting Suspect Arrested On Gun Charge

A man wanted in connection with the Aug. 21 shooting aboard a Metrobus in Southeast D.C. has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, police said. Police said the suspect and the victim were friends.

Rents At Takoma Park Building Help Spur Debate Over Maryland Tenant Protections

Rents at the 11-story Hampshire Tower Apartments now fall under the rules of Montgomery County, which are less protective than those of the city.

Collaborating To Boost Graduation Rates

Research shows that minority students are most vulnerable to dropping out of college, but some schools have bucked that trend. Kavitha Cardoza speaks with educators at Virginia Commonwealth University to explore how collaboration with high schools has paid dividends.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Maryland Gears Up For Medical Marijuana

Two years after Maryland legalized medical marijuana, the state is preparing to issue the first licenses to grow, process and dispense it.

Catching An Uber At D.C.-Area Airports Is About To Get Easier, But Pricier

The agency that runs Reagan National and Dulles airports has finally come up with a solution for Uber and other ride-hailing apps: designated waiting areas for ride-hail drivers. But they come with a price.

Fist Bumps And Fatherly Support During A Special Morning Outside Ballou High

Students were greeted outside the school Tuesday by a surprise: Fathers, grandfathers, and other men from the neighborhood came out to show their support.

Relief Coming For I-66 Commutes As Virginia Sharpens Long-Term Tolling Plans

On a stretch where five-mile backups are routine, Virginia is implementing an “active traffic management system.” But officials are aware that it's limited, temporary relief.

'Serious Challenges' Face Virginia Hospitals, Association Says

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association plans a statewide campaign to educate people about the financial pressures on the industry.

Pledges And Hope At Candlelight Vigil For Peace In El Salvador

At a gathering outside the Salvadoran Embassy, pipes played and people expressed a desire for unity in the Central American nation, which is on track to become the most murderous country in the world this year.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Could Bill Euille's Name Spell Trouble For His Write-In Campaign?

It's pronounced "yül," as in a Yule log. But it's spelled "Euille," a name that may make it difficult for the mayor of Alexandria to keep his job.

McAuliffe Reiterates Plan To Reappoint Roush To Virginia Supreme Court

The governor will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush to the high court on Wednesday, when her temporary appointment expires. Republican leaders have warned McAuliffe against such a move, saying it could be unlawful.

Bigger, Stronger, Looks Like Dad: Zoo Gives Panda Update

The survivor from a set of twins born on Aug. 22 at the National Zoo is now nearly two pounds, and the markings on its back look kind of familiar.

GOP Group Pumps $250,000 Into Virginia Senate Races

The Republican State Leadership Committee said Tuesday it gave large donations to three GOP candidates, including Hal Parrish, who is running for a Manassas-area seat.