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Md. processes nearly 98% of stimulus payments to low-income taxpayers | WTOP

Md. processes nearly 98% of stimulus payments to low-income taxpayers | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said Friday that 98% of payments have been processed.After a law passed earlier this week that would give low-income families and individuals some much needed help, Maryland has processed most of the stimulus payments.Gov. Larry Hogan into law Monday, which would give low-income taxpayers who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2019 direct stimulus payments of $500 for families and $300 for individuals. More than 422,000 Marylanders are eligible to receive these funds.State Comptroller Peter Franchot said Friday that 98% of payments...

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Ban on LGBTQ ‘panic’ defense nears in Virginia | WTOP

Ban on LGBTQ ‘panic’ defense nears in Virginia | WTOP

|||{{headline}}After passing Virginia's House, the Senate is set to take up a bill that would ban the use of using gay or transgender "panic" defenses in criminal trials.change volumeDel. Danica Roem authored the bill to ban LGTBQ+ 'panic' defenses in Virginia.Virginia’s Senate is set to consider a bill by Del. Danica Roem, of Manassas, that would ban the use of so-called gay or transgender “panic” defenses, in criminal trials.Roem said Virginia’s current law enables defendants to blame the victim for an attack.“They would say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that person was trans, and when I found out,...

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Dentists, med students can give COVID-19 vaccines in Va. | WTOP

Dentists, med students can give COVID-19 vaccines in Va. | WTOP

|||{{headline}}In Virginia, dentists will be among those eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines after Gov. Ralph Northam signed new legislation into law.In Virginia, dentists will be among those eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines after Gov. Ralph Northam that expands the eligibility of health care workers who can administer vaccines during the pandemic.who can administer the coronavirus vaccine to dentists, medical students and other clinicians, giving the state additional assistance with vaccine distribution.Dr. Norm Oliver, the Virginia Department of Health’s deputy commissioner...

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Task force presents 80 changes to overhaul DC’s justice system | WTOP

Task force presents 80 changes to overhaul DC’s justice system | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Two years after a group of dozens of D.C. community leaders took on a review of the city's jail system, it is making 80 "thoughtful and concrete" recommendations for major changes to improve the District's justice system.Two years after a group of dozens of D.C. community leaders took on a review of the city’s jail system, it is making 80 “thoughtful and concrete” recommendations for major changes to improve the District’s justice system.In her note at the top of the 80-page report, Shelley Broderick, the chair of the District’s Task Force on Jails and Justice, said if D.C....

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Va. driver sentenced to 2 days for doing doughnuts on Bay Bridge | WTOP

Va. driver sentenced to 2 days for doing doughnuts on Bay Bridge | WTOP

|||{{headline}}A Virginia man will serve two days in jail starting Friday for doing doughnuts on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland.ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Virginia man will serve two days in jail starting Friday for doing doughnuts on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland.Gary Montague Jr., of Dumfires, Virginia, entered an Alford plea to disorderly conduct and reckless driving.He was also sentenced to 18 months probation.On Sept. 27, Maryland Transportation Authority police were notified of a social media video depicting dangerous driving behavior on the bridge.An investigation...

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Prince William lagging other area localities in COVID-19 vaccine administration | WTOP

Prince William lagging other area localities in COVID-19 vaccine administration | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Prince William County is lagging behind nearly all other Northern Virginia localities in vaccinating residents against COVID-19, and nearly 50,000 people are on the local waitlist for their first dose.This article was written by WTOP’s news partner  and republished with permission. Sign up for  today.Prince William County is lagging behind nearly all other Northern Virginia localities in vaccinating residents against COVID-19, and nearly 50,000 people are on the local waitlist for their first dose.As a result, County Executive Chris Martino told the Board of County...

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Budget, pandemic relief on agenda as Virginia lawmakers head to special session | WTOP

Budget, pandemic relief on agenda as Virginia lawmakers head to special session | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Gov. Ralph Northam ordered a special session saying more time was needed to advance the state's budget and pandemic relief efforts.Virginia lawmakers will return in a special General Assembly session on Wednesday, after their regular session came to an end earlier this week.Though the Virginia General Assembly technically adjourned on Monday with Republican members wanting to limit work to 30 days, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered a special session saying more time was needed to advance the state’s budget and pandemic relief efforts.“People across our Commonwealth are facing...

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Bill would require minimum wage pay for Md. inmates | WTOP

Bill would require minimum wage pay for Md. inmates | WTOP

||{{headline}}Del. Terri Hill, D–Baltimore and Howard, wants to raise the stipend for all inmate work volunteers to as close to minimum wage as possible.COLLEGE PARK, Md. –– Maryland inmates make as little as $0.17 per hour for voluntary prison employment and training, a stipend that one lawmaker compared to “slave labor” in support of legislation that would require the state to pay more.Del. Terri Hill, D—Baltimore and Howard, wants to raise the stipend for all inmate work volunteers to as close to minimum wage as possible, helping them save money while incarcerated and equipping them to...

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Man charged with possessing, distributing child pornography in DC | WTOP

Man charged with possessing, distributing child pornography in DC | WTOP

||{{headline}}A man arrested and charged with distributing child pornography in D.C. is an employee of a local energy nonprofit. A man was arrested and charged with distributing child pornography in D.C., according to police.Ruben Verastigui, 27, has been arrested by D.C. Police for the distribution of child pornography.He was an an employee of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, the nonprofit tells WTOP.Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions said in a statement that he is no longer employed there.that in addition to Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, he was a digital...

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Feb 6
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Thousands in Montgomery Co. sign petition for ban on gas-powered leaf blowers | WTOP

Thousands in Montgomery Co. sign petition for ban on gas-powered leaf blowers | WTOP

||{{headline}}As of Wednesday morning, nearly 3,000 people had signed a Change.org petition asking Montgomery County for a complete ban on gas-powered leaf blowers from properties less than three-quarters of an acre.With more people working from home, some residents of Montgomery County are backing a petition demanding a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, blaming them for air pollution and deafening noise.As of Wednesday morning, nearly 3,000 people asking county officials for a complete ban on gas-powered leaf blowers from properties less than three-quarters of an acre.The group behind it, ,...

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Feb 3
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Northam: Get Virginia students back into classrooms | WTOP

Northam: Get Virginia students back into classrooms | WTOP

||{{headline}}Gov. Ralph Northam pushed for Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15 during a news conference Friday.Gov. Ralph Northam pushed for Virginia school systems to begin offering options for in-person learning by March 15 during a news conference Friday.“Children learn better in classrooms. And that’s where they need to be,” Northam said. “We can do this and we must do this.”Northam cited data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Joe Biden, who have said it’s possible to reopen schools...

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Virginia House votes to turn ‘Jefferson Davis Highway’ into ‘Emancipation Highway’ | WTOP

Virginia House votes to turn ‘Jefferson Davis Highway’ into ‘Emancipation Highway’ | WTOP

||{{headline}}The name Jefferson Davis Highway would disappear completely in Virginia if a bill that passed in the House of Delegates this week makes it all the way through the Virginia General Assembly.The name “Jefferson Davis Highway” has recently been removed from U.S. 1 in parts of Northern Virginia, but it would disappear completely statewide if a bill that passed in the House of Delegates this week makes it all the way through the Virginia General Assembly.that are still labeled Jefferson Davis Highway, turning them into “Emancipation Highway,” referring to the 1863 order from...

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Liberty president apologizes for maskless snowball fight | WTOP

Liberty president apologizes for maskless snowball fight | WTOP

|||{{headline}}LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia university president apologized Tuesday for hosting a campus snowball fight over the weekend where…LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia university president apologized Tuesday for hosting a campus snowball fight over the weekend where dozens of attendees were seen unmasked and not following coronavirus precautions.Liberty University Acting President Jerry Prevo said the school made “a mistake” by not enforcing coronavirus guidelines, which includes wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, news outlets reported.“I messed up,” Prevo said...

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Big food hall planned for Riverdale Park in Md. | WTOP

Big food hall planned for Riverdale Park in Md. | WTOP

||{{headline}}The Station at Riverdale Park, in Riverdale Park, Maryland, which opened as a mixed-use development with Prince George’s County’s first Whole Foods in 2017, is getting a large food court and ghost kitchen addition.The Station at Riverdale Park, in Riverdale Park, Maryland, which opened with Prince George’s County’s first Whole Foods in 2017, is getting a large food court and ghost kitchen addition.Riverdale Park Station developer Calvin Cafritz Enterprises brought on to operate the new food hall and ghost kitchens, set to open this summer. The 8,500-square-foot addition, at...

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LISTEN: National Guard singing at Library of Congress | WTOP

LISTEN: National Guard singing at Library of Congress | WTOP

|||{{headline}}The National Guard has been in D.C. for several weeks now, and they are scheduled to stay through March. Amid performing their duties, some members found a way to pass the time and boost morale while taking a break.One member captured some of his colleagues belting out songs, and it appears their talents could rival the best singers in the world. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the acoustics at the Library of Congress’ Madison Building make it the perfect venue to highlight hidden talent.The recording was taken by National Guardsman Stephen Hutto, that he heard a woman...

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2 mass vaccination sites to open in Maryland later this week | WTOP

2 mass vaccination sites to open in Maryland later this week | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Two mass vaccination sites will open in Maryland later this week — now the state just needs the COVID-19 vaccines to dispense for them.Two mass vaccination sites will open in Maryland later this week — now the state just needs the COVID-19 vaccines to dispense for them.Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Monday that the first two in a series of mass vaccination sites would open Friday — at the Baltimore Convention Center and at Six Flags America, in Prince George’s County. “Announcements will be made as appointments become available,” the statement said.But as Hogan also...

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DC Council ‘literally’ can’t deliver bills to Congress because of Capitol fence | WTOP

DC Council ‘literally’ can’t deliver bills to Congress because of Capitol fence | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Call it politics as unusual: The fence that was put up around the U.S. Capitol in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 riot left 60 D.C. Council bills in limbo because they "literally" couldn't be delivered to Congress for review, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said during a Monday news conference.Call it politics as unusual: The fence that was put up around the U.S. Capitol in the aftermath of the left 60 D.C. Council bills in limbo because they “literally” couldn’t be delivered to Congress for review, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said during a Monday news conference.“So,...

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Hogan to give virtual state of the state address | WTOP

Hogan to give virtual state of the state address | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced Monday that he will deliver his annual State of the State address on Wednesday evening ― virtually.This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for  today.Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced Monday that he will deliver his annual State of the State address on Wednesday evening ― virtually.Traditionally, governors address a noontime joint session of the General Assembly in the House chamber, on the third Wednesday of the annual legislative session. Hogan said he is delivering...

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Baltimore canceling vaccine appointments after overbooking | WTOP

Baltimore canceling vaccine appointments after overbooking | WTOP

||{{headline}}Baltimore officials are canceling some COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled for next week after overbooking hundreds of first-dose appointments.BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials are canceling some COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled for next week after overbooking hundreds of first-dose appointments.Officials did not specify how many appointments would be canceled or why the overbooking happened.The health department said in a statement that it was working to identify potential issues in the state’s scheduling system and the possibility that links to...

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Capitol Police to keep grounds closed for sledding despite Del. Norton’s request | WTOP

Capitol Police to keep grounds closed for sledding despite Del. Norton’s request | WTOP

|||{{headline}}Despite D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's call to allow sledding on the U.S. Capitol grounds, the hills on the complex will remain closed.Despite D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s call to allow sledding on the U.S. Capitol grounds, the hills on the complex will remain closed.With forecasts ranging between 4-6 inches of snow heading to the D.C. region on Sunday, Norton said in a statement that the west side of the Capitol is known as “the best place for sledding” in D.C.’s urban environment.The congresswoman also said she has an annual provision added in the legislative branch...

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Famous private eye Jack Palladino gravely injured in robbery | WTOP

Famous private eye Jack Palladino gravely injured in robbery | WTOP

|||{{headline}}SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jack Palladino, the private investigator who worked on high-profile cases ranging from the Jonestown mass suicides…SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jack Palladino, the private investigator who worked on high-profile cases ranging from the Jonestown mass suicides to celebrity and political scandals, has been placed on life support after suffering a head injury during an attempted robbery.Palladino, 70, had just stepped outside his San Francisco home on Thursday to try out his new camera when a car pulled up and a man jumped out to grab it from him, police and the...

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Virginia lawmaker: ‘Unwanted sexting’ should be a crime | WTOP

Virginia lawmaker: ‘Unwanted sexting’ should be a crime | WTOP

|||{{headline}}A bill in Virginia that would criminalize "unwanted sexting" — the act of texting someone unsolicited, obscene photos — has bipartisan support and is now being considered by the commonwealth's House of Delegates.A bill in Virginia that would criminalize “unwanted sexting” — the act of texting someone unsolicited, obscene photos — has bipartisan support and is now being considered by the commonwealth’s House of Delegates.It comes after passed through a House committee this week on a unanimous 22-0 vote.“The unsolicited aspect of it is important to those of us who’ve dealt with...

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Man, 85, hospitalized after panhandler beats him on Orange Line Metro train | WTOP

Man, 85, hospitalized after panhandler beats him on Orange Line Metro train | WTOP

|||{{headline}}An 85-year-old man has been hospitalized after he was beaten unconscious on a Metro train Thursday afternoon.An 85-year-old man has been hospitalized after he was beaten unconscious on a Metro train Thursday evening.The incident occurred just before 7 p.m. on an Orange Line train near Rosslyn, Virginia.A Metro police spokesman said a panhandler hit the man in the face after he refused to give money.The unconscious victim was taken to a local hospital from the Rosslyn station.Officials said the man is in critical condition but expected to survive.No arrests have been made, and...

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Bill to eliminate Va. death penalty advances; cost savings debated | WTOP

Bill to eliminate Va. death penalty advances; cost savings debated | WTOP

|||{{headline}}A bill that would eliminate the death penalty in Virginia took another step forward in the state Senate Tuesday.Eliminating the death penalty in Virginia would cost the commonwealth about $77,000 to house and feed two current death row inmates, but free up almost $4 million yearly by eliminating the state’s Capital Defender Service, which represents defendants in cases eligible for the death penalty.was approved Tuesday by the Finance and Appropriations Committee by a vote of 12-4.The measure was introduced by Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell, who represents portions of...

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Felony charge dropped against ex-NFL player Derrius Guice | WTOP

Felony charge dropped against ex-NFL player Derrius Guice | WTOP

|||{{headline}}The most serious charge against former Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice has been dropped, but he still faces trial on four misdemeanor charges related to a series of alleged domestic assaults last year.This article was written by WTOP’s news partner  and republished with permission. Sign up for  today.The most serious Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice has been dropped, but he still faces trial on four misdemeanor charges related to a series of alleged domestic assaults last year.Prosecutors have decided not to move forward with a felony...

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