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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Regional Leaders Jump Behind Bid For 2024 Olympic Games

A bid for the 2024 summer Olympic Games has received support from leaders from across the region, though details on hosting the sporting event remain vague.

D.C. Legislators May Tweak How Tickets Are Issued, But Speed Cameras To Stay

In the wake of a report criticizing how D.C. hands out tickets for parking and moving violations, lawmakers say they'll work to make the system more fair to drivers — but they won't be getting rid of speed cameras.

Metro Adding More Bike, Car Parking On Silver Line

Metro has announced that they will be adding more bike racks at the McLean Metro station after WAMU 88.5 reported that spots were in short supply.

Virginia Republican Leads Condemnation Of President For Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell is the sponsor on a resolution that would condemn President Barack Obama for failing to consult Congress before swapping prisoners for American service member Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Etsy Takes Stand Against Redskins Goods

Etsy — the popular online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods — now has a policy explicitly banning the use of the Redskins name or team logo.

Q&A: Investigating The Unaccompanied Minors Crisis At Its Source

As part of WAMU's ongoing coverage of the unaccompanied minors crisis, reporter Armando Trull is on a fact-finding mission to El Salvador. Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey gets updates on his reporting.

This Year's DC Shorts Film Festival Comes Right To Your Living Room

The DC Shorts Film Festival is in its 11th year and, for the first time, you'll be able to access the majority of the films on your home television.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Little Optimism For Medicaid Expansion In Virginia Special Session

Virginia legislators will meet in Richmond next week for a special session on Medicaid expansion, something Democrats say is little more than a "dog-and-pony show."

Neglected D.C. Sidewalks Pose Threat To Seniors, Report Says

The city has had a long backlog of sidewalks that need repair, and they're making it harder for D.C. seniors to get around.

Montgomery County Police Searching For Missing 27-Year-Old Woman And Two Children

A mother and her two young children went missing earlier this week in Maryland. The mother, Catherine Hoggle, has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Virginia's Jim Moran Reflects On Time In Congress Ahead Of Retirement

Democrat Jim Moran has represented Northern Virginia in Congress for the last 23 years, but announced earlier this year that he would not seek reelection. He speaks with Matt McCleskey about his time on Capitol Hill.

Montgomery County Could Join Growing Ban On Styrofoam Containers

In a bid to reduce the amount of non-biodegradeable trash finding its way into area waterways, two Montgomery County lawmakers want to join the growing movement to ban styrofoam containers.

Glut Of Parking For Cars, Shortage For Bikes At McLean Metro Station

A big concern for the Silver Line was whether there would be enough car parking, but more than a month after opening day, the only shortage at the McLean Metro station is a shortage of places for people to lock their bikes.

McAuliffe Announces Scaled Back Plan To Expand Healthcare In Virginia

Virginia legislators passed an amendment barring Gov. Terry McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid without legislative approval.

Seven Of D.C. Fire's Ladder Trucks Fail Inspection

The union representing D.C. firefighters is criticizing the fire department for the poor inspection record of the city's fleet of ladder trucks.