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D.C. Area Activists Await Outcome Of Legal Battle On Deportation Protections

A federal judge moved to block President Barack Obama's executive action to extend deportation protection to millions of undocumented immigrants Monday, prompting an anxious response from local immigrants and activists.

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Bill On Cigarette Trafficking Faces A Divide Within Virginia GOP

A Republican in Virginia's Senate wants to tweak rules for cigarette retailers — and put cigarette sales under a different regulator — to help halt trafficking, but his colleagues on the House side recommended killing the legislation.

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Maryland Legislator Wants To Expand Access To Protective Orders

Under current law, people in dating relationships don't qualify for protective orders. Prince George's County Rep. Victor Ramirez is sponsoring a bill that would change that.
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Beekeepers Push To Ban Pesticide They Identify In Hive Collapses In Maryland

Farmers and gardeners in Maryland use pesticides classed as neonicotinoids because they aren't toxic to humans, but the effects on the state's bee population has been devastating.

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Virginia Senate Approves Bill Shrouding Lethal Injection Cocktail In Secrecy

A controversial bill headed to the Virginia House of Delegates is aimed at making sure the Commonwealth's Department of Corrections can secure the three-drug cocktail used for lethal injections, while keeping the suppliers secret.

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Effort To End Mandatory Minimum Sentences Gains Bipartisan Support

Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that is looking to give judges more discretion on sentencing.

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D.C. Not Moving Fast Enough To Add Wheelchair-Accessible Cabs, Advocates Say

Just 20 of 6,000 taxicabs in D.C. were wheelchair accessible last year, and advocates for the disabled say new regulations to add to that number just aren't fast enough.

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Fairfax Sheriff Criticized For Taser Policy, Lack Of Transparency

The Taser policy at the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is not in line with international standards, critics say, because it does not address how people with mental illness should be treated.

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Andy Harris Says D.C. Has Lost Its Fight For Marijuana Legalization

The D.C. Council scrapped its planned hearing into taxing weed earlier this week and downgraded the meeting to a roundtable.
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Maryland Roads Are No Place For Horse Meat, Delegate Says

Del. Jeff Waldstreicher says carcasses of dead horses are being transported on Maryland roads bound for slaughterhouses in both Canada and Mexico, and he wants to stop it.

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