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  • D.C. Council candidate A.J. Cooper dies

    A 34-year-old man who intended to run for Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser\’s council seat has died.

  • DC Council passes bill regulating Uber

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council has approved a bill that regulates popular ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The bill gained initial approval on Tuesday by a 12-1 vote. Among other things, it would require that drivers for smartphone-based vehicle-for-hire services be at least 21 years old and be subjected to background checks…

  • DC taxis protest council’s Uber vote

    UPDATE: Tuesday – 10/28/2014, 2:22pm ET WASHINGTON – The D.C. Council has passed a bill regulating ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Stay with WTOP for updates on this developing story. EARLIER: Tuesday – 10/28/2014, 8:20am ET DC Council has passed the bill regulating #uber #lyft and other ride share. Cabbies protest #wtop 12-1

  • DC Council to consider new inspector general

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council will consider whether to approve a new inspector general. The council will vote Tuesday on whether to confirm Daniel Lucas as the city government’s top internal watchdog. In order to confirm Lucas, the council would first have to scale back some of the requirements for the position, which Mayor…

  • Taxi drivers block D.C. streets, demand regulations for ride-share businesses

    Hundreds of cabs flooded Pennsylvania Avenue late Wednesday morning, blocking streets and blaring their horns, to demand that the D.C. Council create an even playing field for transportation businesses.

  • DC Council approves record sealing for pot crimes

    BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council has made further changes to marijuana laws in the nation’s capital as residents weigh whether to legalize pot. On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved a bill that allows nonviolent marijuana offenders to have their criminal records sealed. The bill follows the council’s move earlier this…

  • Obama endorses Bowser’s bid for DC mayor

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has endorsed fellow Democrat Muriel Bowser’s bid for District of Columbia mayor. Bowser’s campaign released a statement from the president on Monday. Obama says he’s “proud” to endorse Bowser, calling her “a champion for working and middle-class families, and a passionate proponent of Washington, D.C.” Bowser is a D.C.…

  • DC transportation bill to get second hearing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. Council committee will hold a second public hearing on a bill that would consolidate the city government’s management of transportation. Among other things, the bill from Democratic Councilmember Mary Cheh is intended to streamline the handling of parking tickets in the District of Columbia. Currently, three different agencies are involved…

  • DC Council to examine small business spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. councilmember says city agencies aren’t spending enough money on small, local businesses as required by law. Councilmember Vincent Orange will hold a hearing on Friday to press city officials on why agencies haven’t met their goals for giving contracts to local businesses. The council passed a resolution this week calling…

  • Correction: American Indian Nicknames-DC story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about American Indian nicknames at District of Columbia public schools, The Associated Press, relying on information from the D.C. Council and public school officials, reported erroneously that five schools would be forced to change their nicknames if the council approved a bill banning racially…

  • D.C. Council approves concealed carry

    D.C. Council votes to allow concealed carry weapons.

  • DC prosecutors defer to judge in corruption case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t oppose a light sentence for a former District of Columbia Council candidate who lied about his campaign financing. The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1vLlEXt ) reports that prosecutors say they will defer to Judge Anita Josey-Herring at Jeff Smith’s sentencing Thursday in D.C. Superior Court. They cite his cooperation, lack…

  • Former DC mayors to celebrate nominee’s birthday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic mayoral nominee in the nation’s capital is turning 42, and a who’s who of local politics is helping her celebrate. Two former mayors and several other D.C. councilmembers will serve as honorary hosts at Thursday’s birthday party for D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser. Bowser defeated incumbent mayor Vincent Gray in the…

  • Judge delays his ruling against DC handgun ban

    JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home has stopped his ruling from going into effect for about three months so city lawmakers can respond with new legislation. U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin on Tuesday stayed his ruling…

  • DC mayor vetoes $10.6 billion budget

    BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has vetoed the $10.6 billion budget approved by the D.C. Council. Gray said Friday that he can’t “in good conscience” support a spending plan that cuts funding for the city’s streetcar system, taxes yoga classes and gym memberships and defunds property tax…