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Monday, May 11, 2015

License Plate Readers Move From Virginia Statehouse To Fairfax Courthouse

A law passed in Virginia this year would allow police to scan your license plate as you drive by, storing the information for two years or more. The ACLU is challenging that law in court.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Three Magi Brought Together At National Gallery

Paintings of the three biblical Magi by Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens are reunited at the National Gallery of Art for the first time in more than 130 years.

Prince To Debut 'Baltimore' At 'Rally 4 Peace' Concert

Prince is getting political with his new track "Baltimore," which glitters with lyrics like: "Does anybody hear us pray for Michael Brown or Freddie Gray?"

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A D.C. Law That 'Goes Too Far'

WAMU 88.5 investigative reporter Patrick Madden teamed with the Center For Investigative Reporting's Reveal program and American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop to analyze D.C.'s prosecution of the charge of "assaulting a police officer."

Friday, May 8, 2015

Almost Wiped Out, A Fish Makes A Comeback In The Potomac

A fish that had nearly disappeared from the Potomac River just a few decades ago has made a sustained and measurable comeback: the American Shad.

Maryland Bill Inadvertently Blocks Insurance Benefits For Some Couples Who Need In Vitro Fertilization, AG Says

Maryland's attorney general says an "equality" measure passed by the General Assembly actually creates a very specific "inequality."

Why Some Lawmakers Want To Cool Off National Airport's Growth

Roll Call columnist David Hawkings explains an effort by Northern Virginia's delegation to ensure that Congress doesn't exacerbate the imbalance between the region's two big airports.

Privacy A Major Issue In D.C.'s Discussion Of Police-Worn Body Cameras

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the technology to remove personal information from body-camera footage isn't there yet, and protecting privacy while complying with FOIA laws would take resources the department doesn't have.

Fairfax County School Board Adds Protections For Transgender People

After an acrimonious debate that lasted hours, the Fairfax County School Board voted to added transgender people to the policy that protects students and staff from discrimination.

E-Cigarette Tax In Montgomery County Could Come Sooner Rather Than Later

Legislators in Montgomery County held a hearing and committee meeting this week on a bill that would impose excise taxes on e-cigarettes, putting them on par with traditional tobacco products.

Loudoun County Leads Region in Gender Income Inequality

Men make more money than women. But where is the disparity the greatest? Census records show it's Loudoun County, Virginia.

This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From astronomers to female barbers to a dominatrix in D.C., we'll step aside from our usual thematic approach to bring you one of our Wild Cards show.

Door To Door: Tantallon, Maryland, And Congress Heights, D.C.

It's our ongoing journey around the region. This time, we'll visit Tantallon, Md. and the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast D.C.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

In Wake Of Freddie Gray's Death, D.C. Reviewing Police Use Of Force

The District of Columbia is reviewing its police department's use of force policies, some 15 years after major reforms initiated by the Justice Department.

Fairfax County School Board Weighing Whether To Include Gender Identity In Nondiscrimination Policy

The proposal before the Fairfax County school board would extend discrimination protection to transgender students, teachers and staffers. It comes in the wake of an opinion by Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring that school boards can include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies.

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