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D.C. To Penalize Stores That Sell Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana is hard to regulate but easy to find. Officials say it's being sold all over D.C., in gas stations, liquor stores and other retail outlets — and the stuff is far from harmless.
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D.C. Again Shows Gains In Fight Against HIV, But Struggles To Reach Youth

The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia has continued ticking downward, but city officials admit they are struggling to reach young residents.
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As Minimum Wage Inches Up In D.C. And Maryland, Activists Say More Is Needed

As the minimum wage increases this week in D.C. and Maryland, activists in both jurisdictions say that more is needed — and in D.C., residents could soon vote on a $15 minimum wage.
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D.C. Concealed Carry Law Will Remain In Effect Pending Outcome Of Appeal

The U.S. Court of Appeals has stayed a May ruling that tossed out a key provision of the District's concealed carry law, allowing the law to remain in effect pending the outcome of an expected appeal by the city.
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Tax Cuts Coming? D.C. Weighing Options For Bigger-Than-Expected Budget

The D.C. government is taking in more money than it initially estimated in its budget, mainly through a big jump in income tax receipts. But this unexpected bounty has created a new issue: what to do with this increased revenue?
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Peru In The Spotlight During This Year's Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway on the National Mall through July 5, and this year's event features the South American nation of Peru.
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Before It Was Legal Nationally, Here's How Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal Locally

Same-sex marriage is now permitted in all 50 states, but before Friday's Supreme Court ruling, it was already permitted in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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Dean Of Washington National Cathedral Calls For Removal Of Confederate Imagery

Cathedral Dean Gary Hall issued a statement Thursday saying stained-glass windows honoring Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Gen. Robert E. Lee should be removed. Both windows depict the Confederate flag.
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Bill To Make D.C. The 51st State Introduced Again In U.S. Senate

Fancy living in a state called New Columbia? A bill that would make the District the 51st state has been introduced once again the U.S. Senate, though with Republicans in control, the odds of passage are slim.

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Off the Beaten Path: Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

The Sewall-Belmont House has stood for more than 200 years under the shadow of the Supreme Court building. Home to the National Woman's Party, it was once the headquarters for the fight for women's suffrage. Kojo chats with the executive director of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum about connecting audiences today with the history captured inside this national historic site.

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