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Maryland's Governor Alters School Calendar; Education Groups Question Motives

An order from Gov. Larry Hogan will push the start of the 2017-18 school year until after Labor Day. Opponents say the perceived economic benefits of the move might not outweigh the potential effects on academics and families' finances.
The Kojo Nnamdi Show

What Happens When 911 Goes Down

We speak to Chris Geldart, Director of D.C.'s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, about Saturday's 90-minute 911 outage.

A 'September Shock' On Area Roads? Depends On Where You're Driving.

Terrible Traffic Tuesday — otherwise known as the day after Labor Day — is almost upon on the D.C. region. But will it be the worst day?

D.C. Students See Modest Gains In Test Scores, But Few Remain Ready For College

Students in D.C.'s public schools are doing better on English and math tests, but even with recent gains only around a quarter of them are considered ready for college or career.

One Month Since Deadly Flooding, Ellicott City Announces New Rebuilding Resources

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said it's hard to believe it's the same place as the disaster zone he walked through after the July 30 storm.
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Is Virginia The Birthplace Of Southern Barbecue?

We speak with two food writers about tracing the roots of barbecue to local Powhatan Indian slow-cooking.

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Director Nate Parker's college rape case is resurfacing and putting off would-be fans of his highly anticipated film "The Birth of a Nation." What do Washingtonians think?
A local school district recently updated its family life education curriculum to cover sexual consent and assault.
National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward on the new edited volume, "The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race."
Donald Trump lays out a plan for immigration after a meeting with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto. An update on the Republican presidential nominee’s proposals on immigration, illegal drugs and...
The president warns that climate change can undermine decades-long conservation efforts. He spoke at an annual summit that brings people together to discuss how to keep Lake Tahoe blue.
For the 2017-18 school year, Maryland students won't be back in the classroom until after Labor Day. One of the supporters of the new policy is a high-ranking Democrat, state Comptroller Peter...
A census of African savanna elephants in 15 countries between 2007 and 2014 found the population decreased by 144,000 animals.
John Otis first covered Venezuela 19 years ago and has returned many times since. On Wednesday, while on assignment for NPR, he was stopped from entering the country ahead of a huge opposition rally.
After the high court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, North Carolina and other states enacted laws that critics said were aimed at making it harder for minorities to vote.
The residents of a public housing complex in East Chicago, Ind., are now forced to move because of dangerously high lead levels in the area's soil. A lead smelting company used to lie on the site.
In a 4 to 4 ruling, the Supreme Court Wednesday refused an emergency request from North Carolina Republicans to reinstate a controversial voting law.
After their hastily arranged meeting in Mexico on Wednesday, President Enrique Peña Nieto disputed Donald Trump's claim that payment for the proposed border wall had not been discussed.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says he isn't ready to write off embattled trade deals with Asia and Europe. But he says a better case needs to be made to U.S. workers who fear their effects.
Sexually active teenagers are more likely to use birth control and are choosing forms that are more effective, a study finds. Births to teens dropped by 36 percent from 2007 to 2013.
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me follows the country singer's goodbye tour and his decline from Alzheimer's disease. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to director James Keach and Campbell's wife, Kim...
Activists were hoping that the race for the United Nations Secretary General would be more transparent this year and women would be considered. The latest straw polls suggest otherwise.
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