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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Metro's 'Ambitious' Rebuilding Program Leaves $1.3B Unspent, Projects Unfinished

Metro has been engaged in a $5 billion program to rebuild decaying infrastructure within the transit system, but new documents show that mismanagement and delays have resulted in a large chunk of money going unspent.

For Metro Riders, 2016 Feels A Lot Like 2015

Broken train doors, jammed brakes, cracked rails and malfunctioning signals — so far this year has felt a lot like last year.

As D.C. Debates Paid-Leave, One Big Question Remains: How Much Will It Cost?

A report estimates that providing paid-leave to workers in D.C. could cost between $30 and $150 million per year. But a business group says it could cost far more than that.

Creation Of New Metro Safety Group Pushed Back To 2017

The federal government’s temporary role of directly watching over Metro will extend into next year. Transportation departments in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. missed their deadline.

Medicaid Expansion, Economy Lead McAuliffe's Goals In Speech To Assembly

Republicans were receptive to several parts of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth address, but his call to expand Medicaid to 400,000 more Virginians was met with resistance.

Why Can't Washingtonians Resist Asking Each Other What They Do For A Living?

Is "What do you do?" the quintessential Washington question? And what exactly are people asking it trying to find out?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Recent Deaths Renew Calls For Tougher DUI Laws In Maryland

Two recent drunken driving incidents in Montgomery County could soften opposition among Maryland lawmakers to stiffer penalties for DUI offenses. The issue is likely to come up in the General Assembly, which convenes Thursday in Annapolis.

Virginia Governor Expected To Renew Medicaid Debate In Address

Some Republicans say they doubt McAuliffe is interested in moving past partisanship.

In D.C., Nearly Half Of Homeless Youth Identify As LGBTQ, Survey Finds

The Homeless Youth Census found that that 43 percent of homeless youth surveyed identified as LGBTQ. "These kids face discrimination and bullying right in their own homes," says D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Democrats Decry 'War On Women' Ahead Of Virginia General Assembly Session

The Virginia branch of NARAL has drafted a "statement of intent" for this year's legislative session intended to push back against a slate of legislation passed by state Republicans targeting reproductive health care services for women.

Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang On Shame, Asian American Identity And Comic Book Culture

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador for Young People's Literature late last year. The Kojo Nnamdi Show producer Ruth Tam speaks to Yang and shares what comics meant for her as a young Asian American.

Bring Out The Gavels: Virginia, Maryland Begin 2016 Legislative Sessions

In Virginia, legislators face pressure from Gov. Terry McAuliffe to expand education spending. And in Maryland, debates over law enforcement reform and Gov. Larry Hogan's budget proposals will be center stage.

What Was In The Smoke? Riders In Last Year's L'Enfant Plaza Accident Sue Metro

Dozens of people have marked the first anniversary of the deadly smoke incident by suing the transit agency.

Police Reforms, Budget Tensions Await Maryland's General Assembly

Police and criminal justice reform will headline this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly, which starts today, but another political battle over the budget is brewing underneath.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

L'Enfant Plaza Tragedy Casts Shadow Over Metro One Year Later

A year after a tragic smoke incident claimed the life of Alexandria resident Carol Glover in the Metro tunnel at L'Enfant Plaza, the transit system has in some ways yet to recover.