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Thursday, Apr 4, 2019 at 5:48 AM

Bill Proposed to Limit Outside Work of DC City Council

Bill Proposed to Limit Outside Work of DC City Council

A Washington, D.C., City Council member has proposed a bill that would ban nearly all outside employment for council members. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 at 3:21 PM

Large Crowd Gathers at Virginia Capitol to Oppose Abortion

Large Crowd Gathers at Virginia Capitol to Oppose Abortion

A push by Virginia Democrats to weaken restrictions on late-term abortions erupted into a fierce partisan clash earlier this year because of a viral video in which a lawmaker acknowledges her legislation... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 at 9:36 PM

Fairfax Wants Investigation, Says Accuser Has Dates Wrong

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says he's asked prosecutors in Boston and North Carolina to investigate sexual assault allegations two women have made against him. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 at 1:47 PM

6 States, DC Sue USDA Over Changes to School Lunch Standards

6 States, DC Sue USDA Over Changes to School Lunch Standards

Six states and the District of Columbia sued the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, saying it weakened nutritional standards in school breakfasts and lunches when it relaxed the requirements affecting salt... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019 at 6:51 AM

Maryland Lawmakers OK Police Force at Johns Hopkins

Maryland Lawmakers OK Police Force at Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University will be allowed to create its own armed police force, under a measure that received final approval by the Maryland General Assembly on Monday night. Read »

Monday, Apr 1, 2019 at 9:53 AM

Accuser: Fairfax's Response to Allegations Is 'Disgraceful'

One of the two women accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault says his response has been "disgraceful, irresponsible and manipulative." Read »

Sunday, Mar 31, 2019 at 4:14 PM

Fairfax: Polygraph Shows Sex Assault Denials Are Truthful

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's team says he took a polygraph that supports his denials that he engaged in non-consensual sexual activity with two women are truthful. The two women are set to speak in... Read »

Friday, Mar 29, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Virginia Governor Back to Normal After Blackface Scandal

Virginia Governor Back to Normal After Blackface Scandal

Two months after a blackface photo in an old yearbook nearly ended the political career of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, his life seems mostly back to normal. Read »

Friday, Mar 29, 2019 at 2:04 PM

Maryland Lawmakers Override Veto on School Start Bill

Maryland Lawmakers Override Veto on School Start Bill<br /><br />

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that lets local school boards decide whether school begins before or after Labor Day. Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 at 2:13 PM

Maryland Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Maryland Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Maryland became the sixth state in the nation to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour. Read »

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