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Monday, April 7, 2014

After Troubling Audit, Metro Defends Its Ongoing Reforms

Metro is now defending itself after a damaging audit showed the transit authority mishandled millions of dollars in federal grants.

D.C. Legislators Propose Expanding Access To Medical Marijuana

A pair of D.C. legislators will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would scrap the list of conditions that can qualify a resident for medical marijuana, leaving it instead up the patient's doctor.

Police Release Composite Sketch Of Frederick Assault Suspect

Maryland State Police say the man attempted to assault two women in Walkersville Community Park.

D.C. May Get A Republican Mayoral Candidate

D.C. Republican Party Chairman Ron Phillips says the party is considering possible candidates for D.C.'s mayoral race.

Key Mental-Health Legislation Signed Into Virginia Law

Introduced by state Senator Creigh Deeds, the new law fills a critical gap in the mental-health system.

Analysis: Executive Orders Give Equal Pay Push Momentum

President Barack Obama signed two executive orders promoting equal pay for federal contractors, which Senate lawmakers are utilizing to make their push for equal pay legislation.

Faced With Tech-Driven Competition, A Move To Deregulate D.C. Cabs

To help level the playing field between traditional taxis and services like Uber, the D.C. Taxicab Commission is considering a proposal that would allow drivers to go off the meter and use app-based hails.

New D.C. School Boundaries Proposed

A proposal that would change school boundaries for thousands of families starting in 2015-16 was released over the weekend.

Get Ready For More Expensive Campaigns, Says Sen. Tim Kaine

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says the new Supreme Court ruling striking down aggregate limits on campaign donations is bad for democracy.

After Booming Oyster Harvest, Maryland Crab Season Off To Slow Start

Winter's lingering grip on Maryland has pushed back the start of crab season, but it comes on the back of one of the strongest oyster harvests in years.

Alexandria Playground Could Honor Slain Music Teacher

The Alexandria City Naming Commission is asking for public input on a proposal that would name a playground after Ruthanne Lodato, a music teacher who was fatally shot in February.

Bowser Meets With Henderson, But Won't Say If She'll Keep Her

Fresh off of her victory in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary, Muriel Bowser is already fielding questions on which agency heads she would keep — and one key figure in the city's school system isn't assured a job if Bowser wins November's general election.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Arlington Special Election Today Turns On Streetcar Proposal

Arlington voters go to the polls today for a special election, and candidates for Arlington County Board are divided over a proposed streetcar.

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Says He'll Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Maryland's senate has approved a marijuana decriminalization bill, which Gov. O'Malley now says he will sign.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

D.C. Proposes Rules That Would Allow Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars may be years away for most motorists, but D.C. is jumping ahead of the curve and preparing for the brave new world of cars that drive themselves.