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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Widespread Power Outage In D.C. Affects White House, Metro, Museums

A large swath of Washington D.C. was without power Tuesday afternoon, affecting everything from Metro stations and museums to the White House and State Department buildings.

Investigation Underway Into Causes Of Second Metro Smoke Incident

The National Transportation Safety Board is taking a look at another incidence of smoke on the Yellow Line in February, and whether it bears any resemblance to the incident that claimed the life of passenger Carol Glover in January.

D.C. Students Primed For National Competition On New Common Core Exams

Teachers and school administrators have been preparing students for new, rigorous Common Core exams which will show where they stand against students across the country.

Support Waning For Bi-County Parkway In Prince William County

Tuesday the Prince William County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a study to determine whether the parkway should be removed from the county's comprehensive plan, where it has been since 1990.

'Anayah's Law' Expected To Be Approved By Maryland Gov. Hogan

Gov. Hogan says the bill will prevent children in the foster care system from being returned to biological parents who might abuse them.

Victims Of Forced Prostitution During WWII Honored In Maryland Resolution

Maryland State Sen. Susan Lee is the sponsor of the resolution that honors the thousands who were pressed into prostitution by the Japanese army in the 1930s and '40s.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Bill In Maryland Would Help Block Prostitution Charges For Victims Of Human Trafficking

The bill from Montgomery County Sen. Susan Lee would allow those arrested for prostitution to ask a judge to have the charge thrown out if they can prove they were forced into it because they're a victim of human trafficking.

How Much Noise Is Too Much In Fairfax County?

In Fairfax County, Virginia, members of the Board of Supervisors are about to get an earful about noise. It's a reverberation from a court decision about six years ago.

Bowser Seeks To Strip Newly Independent D.C. Attorney General Of Some Power

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the city’s new attorney general — Karl Racine — are at odds over how much power the attorney general’s office should have.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner And The Iran Deal: Q&A With David Hawkings

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has become the 66th senator to announce public support for a bill that would give Congress more leverage in shaping the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. Roll Call columnist David Hawkings explains what it all means.

D.C. Landlords Will Soon Have To Provide Tenants With 'Bill Of Rights'

Starting in July, D.C. landlords will be required to give prospective renters a four-page "Tenant Bill of Rights" laying out the city's tenant-friendly laws and regulations.

Should Maryland Impose Statewide Regulations On Ride-Hailing Apps?

Some lawmakers in Maryland believe now is the time for the state to tackle regulations on ride-hailing apps like Uber before jurisdictions like Montgomery County go ahead and take action of their own.

PHOTOS: Touring Metro's New 7000-Series Railcars, Debuting Next Week

Prepare yourselves, Metro riders: the new 7000-series cars are debuting April 14, complete with the new railcar smell. Martin Di Caro gives us a photo/video tour.

Virginia Immigration Population Defies Stereotypes Amidst Debate On Deportation

While President Obama's plan to expand deferred action for undocumented immigrants has been held up in court for several months, experts have noted the economic contribution by Virginia's unusually diverse and education foreign-born population.

Alexandria To Take On Unprecedented Debt To Build Potomac Yard Metro Station

City leaders in Alexandria, Virginia, are pushing forward on a plan to finance a new Metro Station at Potomac Yard over the objections of some concerned with the unprecedented scale of the project.