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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and fire officials displayed newly purchased heavy equipment in a parking lot outside Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in the District. The trucks and ambulances are expected to bolster a fire department fleet that has fallen into disrepair in recent years (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times) **FILE**

D.C. fire, EMS data devices break down daily, battalion chief says

Technology meant to speed up D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services response times frequently breaks, leaving emergency workers to get all their information over radios, according to a 32-year veteran of the city fire department. Published February 17, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference in Washington on Dec. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

D.C. mayor outlines new workforce-training plan

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Friday a new plan to expand job-training services and better align the programs with the needs of city businesses, just a few months after the U.S. Labor Department rated the District a "high-risk" partner in training programs. Published February 12, 2016

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine
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Judge rules D.C. AG can intervene in minimum-wage case

A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine can intervene in a case that will determine whether the District's Board of Elections was properly constituted when it approved a minimum-wage ballot measure for the general election this autumn. Published February 12, 2016

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Councilmember Tommy Wells speak to the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conforming to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the District’s gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Paid family leave supporters fill hearing room at D.C. Council

More than 150 people packed themselves into a D.C. Council hearing Thursday night to voice support for a bill that would provide city workers with 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, saying they would be forced to choose between their jobs and their families' health without the legislation. Published February 11, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference in Washington on Dec. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Nomination exposes D.C. election board issues

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser nominated Monday corporate lawyer David Michael Bennett to head the Board of Elections, which is embroiled in a court battle over whether its members had overstayed their terms when they approved a November ballot measure to raise the minimum wage. Published February 8, 2016

A blood samples from pregnant women are analyzed fro the presence of the Zika virus, at Guatemalan Social Security maternity hospital in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. According to Guatemalan health authorities, the country does not have any confirmed case of pregnant women infected by Zika virus. The virus is suspected to cause microcephaly in newborn children. There is no treatment or vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus, which is in the same family of viruses as dengue. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Health dept. confirms 3 Zika cases in D.C.

Three cases of the Zika virus have been reported in D.C., all from people who traveled outside of the United States, the city's health department said. Published February 5, 2016

Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie (D- Ward 5), left, and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), right, speak during a breakfast meeting before a Committee of the Whole Meeting at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, February 4, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) **FILE**

D.C. to pay residents a stipend for not committing crimes

The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an anti-crime bill that includes a provision that would pay residents who might commit or become the victims of violent crime to stay out of trouble. Published February 2, 2016