House committee passes DC statehood bill

A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill granting statehood to the District of Columbia, setting the stage for a full House floor vote as early as next week. After hours of debate, the House Oversight and Reform Committee voted…

Washington Bullpen podcast: D.C. explores how to set up marijuana sales

WASHINGTON – Marijuana is legal in the District of Columbia. The problem is, there is not yet a law setting up how it can be sold legally. Rayonna Burton-Jernigan, a reporter with the Washington Bureau of Capital News Service, explores…

As coronavirus spreads in Washington region’s prisons, families and advocates seek action

The number of coronavirus cases inside correctional facilities across Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia are rising, while inmates, staff and their families grow more concerned. 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser begins ‘worst-case scenario planning’ for Coronavirus outbreak

Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday that while there have been no cases of the coronavirus yet in the District, her government has started “worst-case scenario planning” for an outbreak.

Railroad’s rusting Potomac River span facing overhaul – and maybe more

WASHINGTON – Of the eight bridges connecting the nation’s capital to northern Virginia across the Potomac River, only one is a railroad bridge. And that one stands out for its, shall we say, reddish tint. But plans are moving forward…

Summit highlights racial disparities in maternal care

WASHINGTON – Racial disparities in health care in America continues to present much greater health risks to black women and babies, according to participants at the National Maternal and Infant Health Summit. More than 700 women die each year due…

Gig workers to clients: ‘Freelancing isn’t free work’

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Advocates for workers in the gig economy often argue that the lack of benefits, especially health care, is the biggest obstacle for this growing workforce. While benefits are a major concern, a greater problem is this:…

Baltimore businesses brace for possible Preakness move

BALTIMORE – After nearly 150 years of calling Baltimore home, the Preakness Stakes could be leaving the city in 2021, a move that would take one of the area’s biggest party days of the year – and a lot of…

Federal workers to get back pay, but tales of woe mount

WASHINGTON – Furloughed federal workers will be compensated for the time they spent working without pay, thanks to a bill sponsored by Maryland’s senators and signed into law Wednesday by President Donald Trump. The bill, sponsored by Maryland Democratic Sen.…

Chesapeake farmers target runoff reduction, lawmakers seek conservation funds

MIDDLETOWN, Maryland — A gaggle of excitable white turkeys gobbled and clucked in their pen at Open Book Farm on a chilly afternoon in late October. Most days, the birds roamed free in one of the farm’s pastures, scratching and…

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