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Monday, January 26, 2015

Plan To Offer Free Community College Divides Along Party Lines

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama laid out a plan to offer two years of community college. But at least in Northern Virginia, support for the proposal seems split on partisan lines.

Virginia Ethics Legislation Would Outlaw Secret Meetings

Renewed ethics legislation in the Richmond would ban state funding for travel expenses for legislators attending closed groups like ALEC — a conservative group that has many lawmakers, including House Speaker Bill Howell, among its ranks.

Waiting On Snow: Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through Tuesday

Much of the D.C. region is wet this morning, and while our neighbors to the north are preparing for potentially historic snowfalls, D.C. should only get a couple inches.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Following Decriminalization, Maryland Bill Would Reduce Fines For Paraphernalia

Maryland joined the nationwide trend towards the decriminalization of marijuana last year, and now one lawmaker

Ocean City Finalizing Details On Beach Smoking Ban

The Ocean City City Council voted last year on smoking restrictions in the resort town, but firm details on designated smoking details are still being ironed out.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Bounce: The Week In Music News

Big decisions from the real Bjork and the real Madonna; an interview with a fake Ian MacKaye; D'Angelo live on TV; and so much more from WAMU's music site, Bandwidth.

Friday, January 23, 2015

In Richmond, A Struggle To Find Consensus On Campus Sexual Assault

Virginia lawmakers have yet to reach consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses.

Q&A: Rep. Chris Van Hollen On The U.S. Talks With Cuba

Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen joined WAMU 88.5's Matt McClesky for a conversation about U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Poultry Jobs May Be Leaving Maryland — Even Without Regulations In Place

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan won allies in the state's agriculture industry this week when he blocked controversial phosphorous management regulations from taking effect. But poultry jobs that some feared would leave the region if the regulations were implemented might be leaving anyway.

More Lawsuits Streaming In After Metro Smoke Incident

The number of people suing Metro following the fatal smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza station is growing.

Petition Calls For D.C. To Shut Down U Street For Funk Parade

Organizers want to formally shut down U Street NW for the second edition of the parade, in May. Last year the city gave them a less prominent route.

Skateboarding: Not Just For Teens, At Least In D.C.

Skate parks are no longer an uncommon sight in our region. But the people using them aren't just skaters in their teens and twenties.

Father Of Teen Killed By Driver Criticizes 60-Day Jail Sentence

A Montgomery County family is criticizing police and prosecutors after a woman who ran over their daughter was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Despite Loss, Conversion Therapy Opponents Will Try Again In Virginia

Opponents of a controversial practice known as conversion therapy have failed to outlaw the practice in Virginia, at least this year. Still, they say the fight will continue.

Metro Takes Safety Actions After Fatal L'Enfant Plaza Incident

Metro is undertaking 10 safety measures and studies following the fatal smoke incident on the Yellow Line at L’Enfant Plaza station last week.