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Friday, February 27, 2015

Md. State Senator Wants To Lower Drinking Age For Active-Duty Military

A state senator from Maryland wants to drop the legal drinking age to 18 for active-duty military members, saying it's a small token of appreciation for soldiers.

Homeland Security Funding In Limbo, As House, Senate Fail To Agree

With just hours before the Department of Homeland Security runs out of funding, the GOP-controlled Senate voted to approve a plan that avoids shutting down parts of the agency.

The Bounce: The Week In Music News From WAMU's Bandwidth

Lady Gaga started the week with a bang, D.C.'s Raheem DeVaughn had some choice words about contemporary R&B, and Kenny G met Warren G.

Paycheck Politics And The Homeland Security Bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is blasting Republicans who claim that the department's workers can weather a temporary shutdown if Congress can't finish legislation to fund the department by the end of Friday.

Dutch To D.C.: Actually, Our Pot Laws Are More Restrictive Than Yours

After D.C.'s mayor tried to reassure residents that D.C.'s new pot legalization law wouldn't make the city "like Amsterdam," the Dutch Embassy fired back to clarify that it's drug laws are stricter than D.C.'s are.

D.C. Police Worry That Public Pot-Smoking Prohibition Will Be Tough To Enforce

As some in D.C. celebrate the new law legalizing marijuana, there are new concerns about whether police will be able to stop people from smoking marijuana in public.

Metro Sets Aside Plan For Fare Hike, Substantial Service Cuts

Metro’s board of directors shelved a proposal on Thursday to raise rail and bus fares about a dime and make substantial service cuts.

Can You Hear Me Now? In Metro Tunnels, Answer Is 'Not Yet'

Neither Metro nor the four major wireless carriers can say whether they will complete long-delayed work to provide cellphone coverage in Metro rail tunnels as a Sept. 30 deadline looms, three years after the original deadline passed.

Virginia Legalizes Cannabis Oil For Epilepsy Treatment

As marijuana laws across the nation are loosening — D.C. and Alaska legalized the drug just this week — Virginia is taking a very small step in the same direction.

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.

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.