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Fairfax County School Leaders Brace For Difficult Budget Season

Fairfax County is adding millions of dollars to its school budgets this year, but enrollment on the rise, administrators are making tough decisions about where to cut corners.

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Rising Enrollment In Northern Virginia Schools Outpaces Neighboring Districts

Student enrollment is on the rise across the D.C. region, but not uniformly so — putting more stress on school districts in places like Loudoun County.

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Where Is Food Insecurity Greatest In The D.C. Region? There's A Map For That

Even in a wealthy area like the D.C. region, hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of going hungry. But how do you locate them, to give them the help they need?

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Virginia Lawmakers Target 'Predatory' Car-Title Lenders

There are several pieces of legislation in the works in Virginia that would target predatory tactics by the car-title industry in Fairfax County, which WAMU documented extensively earlier this fall.

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After Drop In 2014, Traffic Deaths Nationwide Tick Up In 2015

Despite a record low fatality rate, staggering numbers of motorists, pedestrians, and bike riders continue to die on the nation’s roads, spurring top safety officials to call on states to pass stricter distracted driving and helmet laws.
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Virginia Should Scale Back 'Standards Of Learning' Tests, Recommends Committee

In the wake of a backlash, education leaders in Virginia are trying to rethink how the state approaches its Standards of Learning standardized tests, including reducing the length of tests and revising graduation requirements.
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Northern Virginia, Land Of New Toll Lanes, Has Three Terrible Bottlenecks: Report

Three of the 50 worst highway bottlenecks in America can be found in Northern Virginia, according to a ranking released by a group representing businesses that would benefit from road construction.
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Hybrid Owners To Lose 'Clean Fuel' HOV Exemption On Virginia's I-66

Virginia hybrid owners with special plates have been allowed to use I-66 inside the Beltway, normally reserved for HOV-2 carpoolers. That exemption will not last.

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McDonnell Appeal Could Have Broad Consequences Beyond Virginia

So far 11 separate amicus briefs have been filed with the Supreme Court in support of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Many elected officials are concerned that the precedent set in his corruption case could apply too broadly.

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Open-Government Advocates Wary Of Virginia Supreme Court Decison

A ruling by the justices in Richmond that preserves secrecy around death penalty policies is prompting new concerns about open government that go far beyond what happens in Virginia's death chamber.

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