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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Federal Intervention Needed For Maryland's Congressional Map, Group Says

The map of Maryland's congressional districts is a "national embarrassment," says a conservative watchdog group, and it's asking the federal courts to weigh in.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Former Home State Of Confederate Capital Confronts Awkward History

Across the South, images and symbols associated with the Confederacy are coming under new scrutiny — and no other state has more reminders of that era than Virginia, which housed the one-time capital of the Confederacy.

Day 2 Of NTSB Hearings Turns On Metro's Close-Call Reporting System

Metro's safety culture was under the microscope on the second day of NTSB hearings, including some memorable exchanges about the bathroom habits of train operators.

Explainer: The Region Moves On Minimum Wage Hike, Paid Sick Leave

Two WAMU 88.5 reporters explain how D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George's County are cooperating — and competing — on measures that help low-wage workers.

Thousands Of Documents, But No 'Solid Conclusions' In Metro Smoke Incident

A chaotic picture emerged from the first day of testimony at National Transportation Safety Board headquarters about the harrowing Jan. 12 incident.

Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers Set At $4 In Montgomery County

The move by the county Council is intended to ensure that restaurants remain competitive with those in Prince George's County and in D.C.

Hogan Gets Support From Both Sides

The governor's old boss and a Democrat who remained in office while fighting colon cancer both say that Larry Hogan will have plenty of support as he undergoes treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hogan's Challenge: Balance Work, Cancer Therapy

When Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan revealed Monday that he has cancer, he pledged to keep working and to balance his cancer treatment with his job.

In Dwindling Chinatown, Families Fight Developer Over Fate Of Building

For the residents fighting to stay in their subsidized building in the heart of D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood, it’s not just the District’s dwindling stock of affordable housing that’s at stake — but the future of the city’s Chinese-American population.

Fort Reno Concert Series In Trouble Again

Organizers of a popular summer concert series at D.C.'s Fort Reno Park say they need donations for the shows to go on.

McAuliffe And Hogan Seek To Banish Confederate Flag From License Plates

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan both announced on Tuesday that they are seeking to remove the Confederate flag from specialty license plates issued in their states.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Q&A: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Cancer Diagnosis

WAMU 88.5's Maryland reporter, Matt Bush, discusses what the governor's cancer diagnosis could mean for the state's politics.

Fairfax County Could Crack Down On Car-Title Loans, Seen As Predatory

Up and down Richmond Highway, the business of car-title lending is booming. The idea is simple: Hand over the title of your car and get a loan. But some people say the terms of those loans are predatory.

Memorial Park To Red Line Victims Opens As NTSB Hearings Into Metro Death Begin

A memorial park honoring the nine victims of the 2009 Red Line crash at Fort Totten was dedicated during a solemn ceremony Monday — just a day before NTSB hearings into the latest Metro death are scheduled to begin.

Hogan Diagnosed With 'Aggressive' Cancer, Will Remain In Office During Treatment

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Monday that he is battling a "very advanced and very aggressive cancer," but also said that he would remain in office while receiving treatment.