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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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For New Metro Leader, Long-Term Questions Come With $6 Billion Price Tag

Paul Wiedefeld, Metro's new general manager, takes over an agency with urgent problems. But there's also a longer-term, $6 billion question looming, and the answer will require cooperation from multiple players.

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Fairfax County Leaders Crack Down On Car-Title Lenders

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a plan that would block car-title lenders from setting up in certain parts of the Virginia county. The new rules were effective at midnight — a rare move that shows the urgency the board felt.

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Murder Is Sign Of 'Disturbing' Increase In MS-13 Gang Activity, Prosecutor Says

Information shared by federal, state and local authorities points to an upswing in activity by the MS-13 gang,  says John McCarthy, the Maryland state's attorney for Montgomery County. A murder there in early November might be related to two others.

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Hogan: Resettlement Of Syrian Refugees In Maryland Should Stop—For Now

Joining close to two-dozen other governors, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday that no more Syrian refugees should be resettled in the state until security guarantees can be offered by the federal government.
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Maryland, Virginia Get Poor Grades On Integrity Scorecard

More than two-third of Americans say they have given up on Washington and look to their state governments for policy solutions-- but are states up to the job? Transparency and accountability are key to effective governing, and a new report suggest that many states are failing at both.

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