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Fairfax County Could Crack Down On Car-Title Loans, Seen As Predatory

Up and down Richmond Highway, the business of car-title lending is booming. The idea is simple: Hand over the title of your car and get a loan. But some people say the terms of those loans are predatory.
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Can Virginia Loosen Its Notoriously Tight FOIA Exemptions?

The commonwealth is notoriously stingy when it comes to turning over documents and communications from state employees — something that an advisory committee is hoping to change as part of a three-year project.

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Faced With Rash Of Overdoses, D.C. Mayor Wants To Crack Down On Synthetic Drugs

Mayor Muriel Bowser says she will ask the D.C. Council to grant her broader authority to crack down on the sale and use of synthetic drugs, which are chemically created and are marketed as incense, potpourri or bath products.
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Montgomery County Police Begin Body-Camera Pilot Program

Body cameras will soon be on a small number of police officers in Montgomery County.
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Virginia Justices Hear Sweet Briar College Appeal

The lawsuit brought by maintains the college is a trust based on the will of its founder and Sweet Briar's decision to close must be approved by a court.

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Maryland Laws On Fertility Coverage For Lesbians, Transgender Birth Certificates Take Effect

Lesbian couples wishing to conceive a child can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers. And a barrier to changing one's gender on a Maryland birth certificate has been lifted.

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Virginia Justices To Decide How Much About The Death Penalty Should Be Public

The Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday about the death penalty. They won't be debating whether it's right or wrong — but rather how much the public should know about it.
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Exculpatory Evidence Now Has Longer Shelf Life In Virginia

A ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court would give new light to exculpatory evidence suppressed by authorities, even in cases where it's too late to appeal.

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Why Two Maryland Counties Are Trading Investigations Into Police-Related Deaths

There's a perception that investigations into police-related deaths are hampered by the relationships between county cops and top prosecutors — prompting two Maryland counties to agree to investigate cases for each other.

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D.C. Asks Judge To Stay Ruling That Tossed Out Key Part Of Concealed Carry Law

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday asked a federal judge to stay a recent ruling that invalidated a key provision of the city's new concealed carry law, saying that not doing so could increase the number of concealed guns carried in D.C. and threaten public safety.

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