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Friday, September 19, 2014

Federal Officials Visit D.C. Neighborhood To Tout Green Jobs

One of the District’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods recently received a visit from two senior federal officials touting a program they say promotes sustainability and creates jobs.

Death Of Land Deal Means Smaller Purple Line Station In Bethesda

The western-most stop on the planned Purple Line light rail system in Montgomery County may not be as nice as planners wanted, as a deal to redevelop a key piece of land has fallen through.

Baltimore Ravens Allow Fans To Exchange Ray Rice Jerseys

Over the next two days, the Baltimore Ravens are giving fans a chance to exchange qualifying Ray Rice jerseys for that of another team player.

Virginia Legislators Kill Medicaid Expansion Effort

The Republican majority killed a compromise effort on a 64 to 33 vote. That means no action will be taken to expand Virginia's Medicaid program.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bowser And Catania Take Swipes At Each During First Mayoral Debate

The first of four D.C. mayoral debates was largely defined by Muriel Bowser and David Catania, who attacked each other on matter of style and substance.

Sen. Kaine Proposes Limited Action Against ISIS

The U.S. Senator from Virginia has offered a bill that grants the president the authority to strike ISIS, but it limits it to just one year.

Person Of Interest Sought In Relation To Missing Student Hannah Graham

A man was seen putting his arm around Graham's shoulder around the time she was last heard from.

Watch The First D.C. Mayoral Debate

D.C. mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz went head to head Thursday at 7 p.m. at American University, and you can watch it here.

Virginia Lawmakers Not Optimistic About Special Session On Medicaid

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are gaveling into session now to consider expanding Medicaid health insurance to 400,000 Virginians who live in poverty or with disabilities.

Judge Shoots Down D.C. Request That Handgun Ruling Be Stayed Until Appeal

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the city's request for a longer stay of the late-July ruling that tossed out the city's ban on carrying guns.

New Poll Puts Bowser Ahead By Double Digits In D.C. Mayoral Race

In the race for D.C. mayor, Council member Muriel Bowser has a comfortable lead over Council member David Catania and Carol Schwartz, according to a new NBC poll.

Most Of D.C. Region's Lawmakers Back Plan To Arm Syrian Rebels

The House has passed a bill that authorizes the arming of moderate rebel groups in Syria — it's a vote that most, though not all, local lawmakers supported.

Environmental Design Change Won't Bust Silver Line Budget, Says MWAA

The cost of complying with regulations on stormwater runoff in Virginia will not put Silver Line Phase II to Dulles Airport over-budget, according to an MWAA official.

McAuliffe Legacy At Stake In Special Session On Medicaid Expansion In Virginia

Virginia lawmakers are returning to Richmond through Friday, and the big question is whether Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be able to deliver on his campaign promises working with a Republican legislature.

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