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Friday, February 27, 2015

In Wake Of Ferguson, Maryland Legislators Debate Police Accountability Bills

Under a new Republican governor, Maryland's elected officials have mostly been focused on the economy and jobs creation. But they have also been grappling with a number of police accountability measures.

This Week On Metro Connection: Changes

This week we're turning warehouses in to museums, agriculture in to art, and ex-offenders in to registered voters, as we explore all kinds of changes in the D.C. region.

Maryland Ex-Offenders Call For More Clarity On Their Voting Rights

Some Marylanders who've served time in federal prison are pushing for expanded voting rights for ex-offenders.

Door To Door: Crofton, Md. And Warrenton, Va.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time around, we'll visit Crofton, Md. and Warrenton, Va.

Activists Demand A Police Culture Shift On LGBT Issues

LGBT activists and the Metropolitan Police Department are re-examining how the MPD's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit interacts with the community it's supposed to serve.

Monsoons, Typhoons, Volcanic Ash: Other Countries' Snow Day Equivalents

Kids in many parts of the U.S. are used to getting days off school because of snow. In other countries, monsoons or volcanic ash might be the reason the school bell doesn't ring.

Maryland Army Vet Helps Fellow Service Members Transition To Civilian Work

When Capt. Justen Garrity found it nearly impossible to find a job after he left the U.S. Army, he decided to strike out on his own.

Hobby Lobby President's Museum Of The Bible Draws Praise And Skepticism

Two blocks south of the National Mall, construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible: a $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.

Eating Like A Pig: How Beer Byproducts Transform Into Chow For Sows

The growth of Washington, D.C.’s beer industry is proving to be a win-win: both for local brewers, and for local pigs.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hogan Refutes Claims That His Charter-School Bill Is A Union Buster

More than half of the state's 47 charter schools are located in Baltimore, and Hogan believes making it easier for more to open there — and elsewhere in Maryland — would help close the widening achievement gap between white students and students of color.

Anti-Marijuana Congressman Andy Harris: 'D.C. Made A Bad Decision'

A vocal opponent of marijuana legalization in D.C., Maryland Congressman Andy Harris says if one of his fellow Republicans captures the White House in 2016, he hopes they revisit Bowser's actions and prosecute her.

Q&A: Roll Call's Bridget Bowman On Congressional Use Of D.C.'s Health Insurance Exchange

More than 13,000 employees of the U.S. Congress are using the District of Columbia's health insurance exchange for small businesses. A Roll Call reporter talks about why that's so, and what legal troubles the setup is facing.

House Conservatives: Homeland Security Bill Is Right Venue For Immigration Fight

Virginia Reps. Dave Brat and Morgan Griffith are among those who want Congress to use the spending legislation to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

New D.C. Taxicab Chief Wants Drivers To Become Ambassadors

In his first interview since his appointment in January, interim D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Eric Rogers tells WAMU 88.5 that he wants drivers to focus on the "totality of the experience."

Top Advocate For D.C. Marijuana Legalization Says His Shop Will Return

With marijuana legalization in effect Thursday morning in D.C., the man behind the law says he's going into business again.