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Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 at 8:23 AM

Northam Seeks to Expand Early Education for Low-Income Kids

Northam Seeks to Expand Early Education for Low-Income Kids

Northam said he wants a new team to develop a plan to make sure all kids aged 3 to 4 have access to publicly subsidized child care and education programs by 2025. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 at 4:05 PM

Virginia Democrats Target Top Republican House Leaders

Virginia Democrats Target Top Republican House Leaders

Virginia Democrats say they are starting to spend big money trying to oust top Republicans in the state House. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 at 12:39 PM
DC Bill Would Ban Sale of Elephant Ivory

DC Bill Would Ban Sale of Elephant Ivory

D.C. is likely the largest urban market for ivory in the country, the Humane Society of the United States says. "Our investigators found ivory all over the District," including at antiques stores, the... Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 at 4:50 PM

Blackface Scandal Dampens Virginia Governor's Fundraising

Blackface Scandal Dampens Virginia Governor's Fundraising

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career Read »

Monday, Jul 15, 2019 at 11:53 AM

Most Americans Oppose DC Statehood, Poll Says

In a Gallup poll conducted in June, 64 percent of respondents said they opposed statehood for D.C. Read »

Friday, Jul 12, 2019 at 8:12 PM

Ex-Virginia Governor Pushes Back on Harassment Allegations

Ex-Virginia Governor Pushes Back on Harassment Allegations<br /><br />

Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is pushing back against sexual harassment allegations made by a student six decades his junior. Read »

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 at 5:38 PM

Maryland County Seeks Applicants to Board of Appeals

Maryland County Seeks Applicants to Board of Appeals

Montgomery County is seeking applicants for two spots on its council's Board of Appeals. Read »

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 at 3:25 PM

DC Council Moves to Lessen Restrictions on Lemonade Stands

DC Council Moves to Lessen Restrictions on Lemonade Stands

The Washington, D.C. Council is considering legislation that would allow minors to run small-scale businesses such as lemonade stands without having to get a business license or permit. Read »

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 at 12:27 PM

Probe: Ex-Virginia Governor Kissed Student Without Consent

Probe: Ex-Virginia Governor Kissed Student Without Consent

An investigation has found that former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder kissed a university student 66 years younger than he is without her consent Read »

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 at 6:42 PM

Trump's July 4 Event Bankrupted DC Security Fund, Mayor Says

President Donald Trump's "Salute to America" celebration drained a fund the D.C. government uses to keep the nation's capital safe, the city's mayor said in a letter to the president. Read »

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