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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Collaborating To Boost Graduation Rates

Research shows that minority students are most vulnerable to dropping out of college, but some schools have bucked that trend. Kavitha Cardoza speaks with educators at Virginia Commonwealth University to explore how collaboration with high schools has paid dividends.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Supporting First-Generation College Students

Low-income students who make it to college graduate at significantly lower rates than their higher-income counterparts. In Part 3 of her documentary, Kavitha Cardoza looks at the Posse Foundation, which has had some success boosting graduation rates.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fairfax County Sheriff Breaks Silence About Natasha McKenna Video

Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid sat down with Virginia reporter Michael Pope to discuss the countent of a video depicting an encounter between deputies and then-inmate Natasha McKenna in which she was restrained and repeatedly tased.

The First-Generation College Experience

Just 1 in 4 low-income college students earn their bachelor’s degree. In part two of her documentary, education reporter Kavitha Cardoza goes behind the statistics to talk with students about the troubles they face.

Monday, September 14, 2015

11 House And Senate Districts In Virginia Face Legal Challenge

"We have to diminish the hold political gerrymandering has over our General Assembly and our congressional delegation," says Brian Cannon of One Virginia 2021.

Transit Officials: Try To Telework During Pope's D.C. Visit

Transit officials recommend that D.C. workers telework, if possible, when Pope Francis visits D.C. next week. Metro commuters should expect significant delays.

Baltimore's Interim Police Chief Should Get The Job, Mayor Says

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been pleased with the energy that Kevin Davis has brought to the job.

Metro Completes Summer Maintenance Program, Meaning More 8-Car Trains

Rush hour Metro riders had an even worse summer than normal with breakdowns and delays galore, but with the completion of a maintenance program, you should expect to start seeing more 8-car trains.

Can Texting Be Used To Curb Teen Smoking? VCU Researchers Publish Study

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University are experimenting with using texting to affect positive health outcomes among teens: including pushing them to quit smoking.

LISTEN: What Are House Democrats Doing To Avert Government Shutdown?

Congress is staring down the possibility of a federal government shutdown on Oct. 1 unless Democrats and Republicans can strike a deal. Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen talks to us about what House Democrats are doing.

Bowser Proposes Limited Public Access To Footage From Body-Worn Cameras

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says that the press and public should have limited access to footage from body-worn cameras, but open government advocates say her proposal remains too restrictive.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Want To Buy Public Housing? D.C. Has Got Some For Sale — But It's Not Cheap

The D.C. agency in charge of public housing is selling off dozens of single-family homes at top dollar, prompting criticisms that it's fueling gentrification.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

D.C. Council Members Hope To Address Spike In Homicides

D.C. — like many cities across the country — has seen a rise in violent crime this year. D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie said on The Politics Hour this Friday that he plans to hold public hearings on the matter.

Pomp and Protocol Await Pope Francis On White House Visit

When Pope Francis touches down in D.C., he'll get a rare airport welcome from President Obama. See the full schedule for his visit beginning Sept. 22.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Virginia Car-Title Lenders Draw Attention Of State Attorney General

"That is something that I cannot accept and will not accept," Mark Herring says about the booming industry.