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Nation May 31Protesters converge on White House for second straight day
Police fired pepper spray at demonstrators near the White House and the D.C. National Guard was called in as pockets of violence and vandalism erupted during a second straight night of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis…
Health May 29WATCH: DC Mayor Bowser gives coronavirus update as city begins phased-in reopening
Mayor Muriel Bowser gave a news conference May 29 on Washington, D.C.'s response to the novel coronavirus as the nation's capital began its phased-in reopening.
Nation May 27WATCH: Nation’s capital set to begin a gradual reopening on Friday
Mayor Muriel Bowser says the nation's capital will begin a gradual reopening Friday, even as she warns it probably will result in more coronavirus infections.
Health May 21WATCH: D.C. mayor aims to start reopening May 29
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser says the numbers are pointing to the start of a gradual reopening process in Washington, D.C,. at the end of the month.
Health Apr 09During pandemic, D.C. volunteers provide food for the needy
Activists in Washington, D.C., are teaming up to feed the needy during the coronavirus outbreak. Southeast Washington was already a food desert with residents experiencing chronic nutritional and health issues even before the COVID-19 pandemic locked down the nation's capital,…
Nation Apr 08D.C. fights to enforce distancing and braces for virus surge
More than 1,200 people have tested positive, with 22 deaths, in Washington. But national and local health officials predict that the worst is yet to come.
Health Apr 06Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic
State governments and food security activists across the country are imploring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make the food stamp program more flexible and easier to access at a time when so many people are losing their jobs and…
Nation Mar 26WATCH: D.C. mayor criticizes proposed federal funding to address COVID-19
According to the legislation, each state would receive a minimum of $1.25 billion in aid. Washington, D.C., however, stands to receive about $500 million.
Health Mar 18USDA fights to purge food stamps recipients despite pandemic
The Agriculture Department says it will appeal a judge's ruling that it would be "arbitrary and capricious" to move forward during a global health crisis with food stamp changes that could force hundreds of thousands from the program.
Health Mar 16D.C. closes gyms, theaters, orders takeout only in restaurants
Mayor Muriel Bowser says she is also placing local National Guard units on standby, but not actively deploying them yet.