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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FTA Or FRA? Sec. Foxx, NTSB Clash Over Which Agency Would Make Metro Safer

Is the Federal Transit Administration doing enough in its oversight role over WMATA? The NTSB and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx continue to spar over whether they or the Federal Railroad Administration would be more effective.

$15 Minimum Wage In D.C. Could Help Low-Wage Workers Stay Afloat: Report

Raising the minimum wage in D.C. to $15 an hour would give low-wage workers an additional $329 million a year, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. The data is likely to fuel the minimum wage debate in the District this year.

How Journalists Prepare For Conflict Both Abroad And Closer To Home

Reporters preparing to head into conflict zones or even those covering political rallies have to learn how to handle themselves in a hostile environment. Armando Trull shows us how they go about training.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cruz Drops Out After Trump Wins Indiana; Sanders Edges Clinton

Get the latest on the results in the Republican and Democratic primaries from NPR Politics.

'Fundamentally Flawed' Metro Oversight Led To Deadly Smoke Incident, NTSB Says

The National Transportation Safety Board released 43 findings detailing a litany of failures that led to the death of one passenger and injuries to more than 90 others on Jan. 12, 2015.

Low-Income Residents Being Squeezed Out Of Silver Spring At High Rates

Low-income residents are being priced out of Silver Spring at a faster rate than in almost any other metro area in the country, according to a new report from real estate firm Trulia.

Why Lye And Ethanol? Derailment Raises Questions About What Comes Through D.C.

The derailment in Northeast D.C. of a freight rail train carrying hazardous chemicals is reigniting a debate over whether potentially dangerous materials should be hauled through the nation's capital.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Metro Safety Culture Lacking For More Than 30 Years: NTSB

Metro has not addressed safety issues first exposed by a federal investigation back in 1982. The full NTSB report will be released Tuesday.

Republicans Plan Lawsuit Against Restoration Of Voting Rights For Va. Felons

GOP lawmakers in Virginia say they plan to challenge Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's action allowing more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November.

D.C. Wants To Become The 51st State. And Here's How It Plans On Going About It.

D.C. officials say they will petition Congress to admit the city to the union as the 51st state, a process that will involve holding a constitutional convention and referendum.

D.C. Busts Cab Companies For Using Salvaged Cabs With Falsified Odometers

Six cab companies have been shut down by regulators for allegedly using old vehicles with odometers rolled back hundreds of thousands of miles.

CSX Derailment Affects Commuter Train Service Into Washington

As many as 15 CSX freight cars skittered off the tracks on Sunday, causing a ripple effect on MARC service on Monday.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Why Are Weather Geeks Talking About Snow Measurement Right Now? The Capital Weather Gang Explains

The National Weather Service released a report this week that is an "indictment of the current system" for how the National Weather Service and Federal Aviation Administration measure snowfall totals, according to the Capital Weather Gang at The Washington Post. Forecaster Angela Fritz talks about the controversy.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

McAuliffe Close To 'Flunking Out' On Environmental Issues, Groups Say

A coalition of four environmental said that after two years in office, the Virginia governor's environmental record deserves a "D+" grade.

Metro Announces 'Maintenance Surge' Along Red Line Through Weekend

Red Line riders, take heed. There will be major single tracking through the weekend as Metro seeks to address chronic issues on the Northwest part of the line.