Tag: Virginia

Lowest and highest average car insurance premiums in the region

WASHINGTON — It’s not just the cost of new and used cars that keeps going up: area car insurance rates have also continued to climb. A new study shows rates have jumped about 3.5 percent since last year, and over 10 percent since 2011. And while that’s a lot, it’s still about half as high […]

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Photos of the week: Feb. 9-16

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. “Space, Light and Sound” bathed the Washington National Cathedral in color Monday night. (Courtesy Washington National Cathedral/Danielle E. Thomas) The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in […]

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Virginia church pays Howard students’ debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mya Thompson doesn’t get much sleep. The 25-year-old senior is enrolled in seven classes at Howard University. Some days, she has class from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with only enough time to pick up her 6-year-old son, Ma’Khi, from school and to eat before her overnight shift as a dispatcher for […]

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Northern Virginia Is Keeping Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs and It Wants You to Know It

WASHINGTON — When Amazon canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City this week, officials more than 200 miles away in Northern Virginia decided to make a statement. Their region had its act together, they had been far more prepared and they were free of […]

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Decline in local farmers’ production could pose DC-area food security challenges

WASHINGTON — Maryland and Virginia farmers produce lots of food that end up on your dinner table, but not as much as they used to. Analysts reporting those findings believe it could be a growing challenge for the area’s food security. “Our production is declining in things like apples, chicken, pork, tomatoes, potatoes,” said Lindsay […]

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A Black Group Says Mardi Gras Blackface Honors Tradition. Others Call It ‘Disgusting.’

NEW ORLEANS — F. Brobson Lutz Jr. is one of those prominent Southern white men who once made a public appearance in blackface. It was at a big Mardi Gras parade years ago, and he knows there is photographic evidence. And yet Dr. Lutz, a 71-year-old internist, is not in […]

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On Justin Fairfax and Believing Women When It’s Politically Inconvenient

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Even the qualifier most frequently used when describing the allegations against Justin Fairfax, the Virginia lieutenant governor accused of sexual assault, tells a story. From “Justin Fairfax Faces Mounting Calls for Resignation Amid Second Sexual-Assault Allegation” Republican Speaker of the House Kirk Cox on Saturday […]

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The Political Ascent of Justin Fairfax, and the Disturbing Allegations That Might End It

RICHMOND, Va. — One afternoon in the early 1990s, a middle-schooler showed up at Frank E. Emory Jr.’s law office in Charlotte, sent there by an aunt who knew Mr. Emory from church. The child, in town visiting relatives, wanted to hear about the law. He had plans. “He said, […]

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Extremism, Scandals Rip Apart Democrat Party: Radicalism, Racism, Anti-Semitism, Sexism, Socialism Threaten Left’s Return to Power

It took them a little more than a month. Since Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the gavel for the first time in nearly a decade, the Democrat Party has been riding high. President Donald Trump lost the first round of the battle with Democrats over […]

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Cellphone data might help 911 responders find callers in emergency

WASHINGTON — The data collected by your cellphone is proving to be a rich resource for 911 call centers trying to pinpoint the location of people calling for help from mobile devices. “We are embedded in the operating systems of the devices,” Jeff Robertson, senior vice president of RapidSOS, said of partnerships with Google, Apple […]

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Lowe’s has 1,300 DC-area jobs to fill, in one day

WASHINGTON — Spring and summer are the busy seasons for home improvement chains, and Lowe’s has hundreds of jobs in the D.C.-area to fill right now. Lowe’s hopes to hire 1,300 seasonal workers for its Washington-area stores on its annual National Hiring Day on Feb. 13. The local jobs are both full-time and part-time, and will be […]

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Fight food waste, save money: ‘Ugly’ produce delivery launches in DC area

WASHINGTON — There’s a new way to fight food waste, combat climate change, save money, and increase your fruit and veggie intake — and you don’t need to leave the house to do it. Imperfect Produce, a San Francisco-based food delivery company that sources and sells oddly shaped or blemished fruits and vegetables, recently expanded […]

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Va. Gov. Ralph ‘Coonman’ Northam Just Can’t Stop Stepping In It, Calls Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’

Photo: Alex Edelman (Getty Images) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (aka Governor Moonwalk F. Jackson) was trying to mend his broken image during an interview on CBS This Morning and he attempted to maneuver his way out of one minefield only to step on a live hand grenade. Northam still refuses […]

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Exclusive: Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax Speaks Out on Sexual Assault Allegations and His Future in Virginia

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) The top three elected Democrats in the state of Virginia have been mired in controversy for the last week. On Friday, Feb. 1, a medical school yearbook pictures from 1984 surfaced showing two people in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan uniform on Gov. Ralph […]

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Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, Insists He Is ‘Not Going Anywhere’

RICHMOND, Va. — After a week of revelations that have separately disgraced Virginia’s top three political leaders, the governor, Ralph Northam, remained firm on Sunday in his intention to stay in office and stopped short of calling for the resignations of his fellow scandal-plagued Democratic leaders. In an interview with […]

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Chance for wintry mix Sunday evening into Monday

WASHINGTON — Brace yourselves, D.C. — winter is back. After a few days of unseasonably warm weather, cooler air moved into the area once again with a chance of snow on Sunday night into Monday afternoon. It’s still too far out to know exactly when and what areas will feel the most impact from this […]

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Justin Fairfax Removed as Chair of Lieutenant Governors Association

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA) was removed Friday as chairman of the Democrat Lieutenant Governors Association in the wake of two sexual assault allegations against him. The group announced Lt. Govs. Cyrus Habib (D-WA) and Bethany Hall-Long (D-DE) will replace Fairfax as interim co-chairs. “Lt. Governors Hall-Long and Habib have been leaders of this organization and are […]

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Northam, Fairfax Vow Not to Resign

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D), who is dealing with a blackface controversy, and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D), who has been accused of sexual assault by two women, are vowing not to resign. Northam reportedly told his Cabinet on Friday that he has no plans to resign and on Saturday told the Washington Post […]

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