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Local Republicans, Democrats Decry Metro Funding Elimination

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The budget proposal passed by the House of Representatives eliminated $150 million in annual funding for Metro, and now 24 local delegates and state senators are pushing to restore it.

In a joint letter to Virginia's Congressional delegation, the legislators say Northern Virginia's economy hinges on this funding, which was first approved by Congress in 2008 after 10 years of negotiations. The legislators also say having a fully functional Metro system is a matter of national security.

All Democratic Delegates from Northern Virginia signed on to the letter. They were joined by two local Republicans -- Delegates Jim LeMunyon and Tom Rust, both of western Fairfax County.

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On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.
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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
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Three McAuliffe Vetoes Confirmed In Virginia Senate

A special "veto session" in the Virginia Senate confirmed the decisions made by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, but lawmakers have still shown little movement on passing a budget.

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FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report

The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh.

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