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How D.C. Streetcar May Have (Finally) Made It Through The Testing Process

The D.C. Streetcar is now set to start carrying passengers "on or after Feb. 26," capping years of problems with testing and certification process spanning two mayoral administration.

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Did Virginia Democrats Give Up Too Much On Gun Control Compromise?

Republicans came to Richmond this year looking for a way to lift an executive action that barred Virginia from recognizing concealed carry permits originating in 25 states. They got the deal, but Dems wonder if they conceded too much.

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D.C. Fire And EMS Chief Rebuts Resignation Letter By Medical Director

D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean is defending his agency following the very public resignation of the department's medical director after only seven months on the job.

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Deal To Widen I-66 Will Bring Tolls And Construction At The Same Time

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe campaigned in 2013 as a dealmaker who could work with Democrats and Republicans, and he says he's delivering on that promise through another compromise with lawmakers — this time on the thorny transportation issue of widening Interstate 66.

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Metro Continues To Lose Riders, With No Quick Turnaround In Sight

While multiple factors are contributing to the downward trend, most troubling is the fact that some people simply have quit Metro because service is poor.

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For Slow-Moving 16th Street Buses, Relief Will Also Come Slowly

After years of study and much prodding from frustrated commuters, the District is moving ahead with plans to designate a rush hour bus lane on one of its busiest corridors, 16th Street NW. They'll take two to four years to implement.

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A Form Of Extortion Or Just Smart Planning? Va. Considers Limiting Proffers

The General Assembly has voted to rein in a system that makes demands on builders, but there are still pockets of resistance to the idea, especially in Northern Virginia.

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Maryland Bill Would Protect The Undocumented From Extortion

A bill working its way through the Maryland House of Delegates would make it illegal to extort someone on the basis of their immigration status.

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Should 'Right-To-Work' Law Be In Virginia Constitution? GOP Wants It On Ballot

Republicans in Virginia want to enshrine a bill banning mandatory union membership in the state constitution — a move analysts say is intended to increase turnout among the commonwealth's conservative base.

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Feds Threaten To Withhold Funding Over Metro Safety Board Foot-Dragging

The threat is the latest move to pressure legislators and bureaucrats in the two states and the District to comply with federal law by forming a Metro Safety Commission.

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