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Friday, May 6, 2016

Metro Unveils Yearlong Track Work Program, Will Shut Down Sections Of Lines

Spanning all six lines and taking place over the course of a year, Metro's plan to address its major maintenance backlog will be based around 15 "safety surges" starting in June.

Are DCPS Teachers Due For A Bigger Raise? Negotiations Fuels Protest

Teachers at D.C. Public Schools are slated to get a 1 percent raise for the upcoming year after several years of flat salaries — leading many to protest, saying they feel the school chancellor doesn't value educators.

Critics Take DMV To Task For 'Separate But Not Equal' Driver's License Process For Undocumented Immigrants

D.C. began issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants back in 2014, but critics say the process is unfair because it puts them in a separate waiting list and not enough language resources are provided to help them pass.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Norton Says She'll Keep Fighting Against Ethanol Shipments Through D.C.

D.C.’s delegate to Congress says the government should ban ethanol and other flammable substances from being transported by freight rail through densely-populated areas.

Two Metro Stations Closed Due To Another Electrical Malfunction

In the thick of Thursday's afternoon rush hour, Metro evacuated and closed two downtown stations after reports of smoke triggered a massive fire-department response to Federal Center SW along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

As Developers Eye Anacostia, $50 Million Is Pledged To Minimize Displacement

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation says it will put $50 million into projects that help long-time residents stay in Anacostia as it takes in development from the planned 11th Street Bridge Park.

Metro To Announce Major Months-Long Rehab Effort Affecting Most Riders

Prepare for a summer of delays, Metro riders. As part of an effort to dig out of an extensive maintenance backlog, Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld will announce a months-long effort that will likely have affect most commuters. Check out the details.

Effort To Legalize Gambling In D.C. Looks Like A Tough Bet

A group that wants to legalize gambling in D.C. and open a casino in Anacostia is facing legal challenges in its attempt to the put the issue on the November ballot.

Central American Moms Appeal To First Lady To Halt Family Detentions

Starting in 2014, undocumented women and children have been detained in prison-like facilities while they wait for courts to decide their fate. Ahead of Mothers Day, activists are appealing to Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to halt the practice.

For Mothers Who Were Foster Children, A 'Two-Generation' Approach To Support

The Elizabeth Ministry in Southeast D.C. works with young mothers who have been in the foster-child system to help them adjust to becoming parents themselves. Past traumas weigh heavily on the process.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Metro's 'Hard Truth' Maintenance Plan Is Almost Ready For Board And Public

Metro's current work schedule is "not enough to dig out of the deferred maintenance hole," says Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. He's planning to make big changes, and he'll unveil them to the transit authority's board later this week.

D.C. Couple Cries Fowl After Being Cited For Having Backyard Chickens

A family in D.C.'s Chevy Chase neighborhood has filed suit to stop the city's Department of Health from impounding its pet poultry.

CSX Says Derailment Site Has Been Cleaned Up And Trains Are Running Again

The first train moved through the site Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m. and normal operations have resumed, a spokesman for the rail company said.

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.