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Monday, Jul 3, 2017 at 8:05 PM

New Laws Take Effect in Virginia on July 1

Several new state laws are going into effect Saturday in Virginia, potentially impacting how Virginians drive, what kind of alcohol they buy, and what they wear when they go hunting. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 at 7:04 PM
D.C. Fire Dept. Will Check That Your Fireworks are Legal

D.C. Fire Dept. Will Check That Your Fireworks are Legal

There are fireworks that are in D.C. -- and those that are illegal. And the police will be out looking for the latter as the July 4 holiday nears. News4's Tom Sherwood spoke to Batallion Fire Chief Tony Falwell,... Watch »

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 at 4:33 PM

New Virginia Law Permits Sale of Grain Alcohol

New Virginia Law Permits Sale of Grain Alcohol

A new Virginia law will permit the sale of grain alcohol up to 151 proof in the commonwealth starting Saturday. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 at 6:22 AM

Sherwood's Notebook: Take a Seat …With History

Sherwood's Notebook: Take a Seat …With History

On Monday, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) joined in celebrating a new bench in Julian Bond’s honor. Its proclamation said Bond walked and sat along Connecticut Avenue, “always greeting both... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 at 7:15 PM

First Gender-Neutral Driver's Licenses Issued in DC

Washington, D.C. began offering gender-neutral driver's licenses Tuesday, becoming the first city in the country to do so. Read »

Monday, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:44 PM
Park Bench Remembers Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond

Park Bench Remembers Civil Rights Icon Julian Bond

Civil rights leader Julian Bond was a man of action, but he also appreciated the importance of time to think, particularly on a park bench among his neighbors in D.C. "He liked the idea of sitting on... Watch »

Monday, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Sen. Muse to Run for Prince George's County Executive

Sen. Muse to Run for Prince George's County Executive

State Sen. C. Anthony Muse says he is running for Prince George's County executive. Read »

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 11:16 AM

AP Analysis: Virginia Districts Drawn to Help GOP

AP Analysis: Virginia Districts Drawn to Help GOP

Energized Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump means Virginians will have a lot more choices when they pick members to the state House of Delegates this year. But many Democratic candidates will... Read »

Saturday, Jul 1, 2017 at 8:31 AM

New Laws Take Effect in Maryland on July 1

New Laws Take Effect in Maryland on July 1

Here's a look at new laws taking effect in Maryland July 1. Read »

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 at 7:45 PM

Jim Graham's Body Lying in Repose at DC City Hall

The body of late former D.C. Council Member Jim Graham is lying in repose at the John A. Wilson Building, Washington's city hall. Read »

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Julie Carey
Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
Mark Murray
Mark Murray NBC News Deputy Political Director Mark Murray is the NBC News Deputy Political Director, NBC News First Read analyst and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
Tom Sherwood News4 Political Reporter Tom Sherwood is a reporter for News4 specializing in politics and the D.C. government.
Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is the Moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News' Political Director.
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