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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Metrorail Won't Get Federal Bailout, House Republicans Say

The Washington area's struggling subway system won't get a federal bailout, GOP Rep. John Mica said Thursday as Republicans blamed the Metro system's recent series of crises on poor management rather than a lack of funding.

Washington: Not Just Government Jobs Anymore (But Government Still Matters)

What's the prospect for economic growth and jobs in the Washington region as the federal government cuts back on spending? It's not as bad as you think.

We'll Have A New President Eventually, So Congress Gets Moving On Inauguration

No nominees, no problem. Congress is taking the first steps on staging the inauguration of the 45th president next January.

Sweeping Changes Needed, Consultants Say, As Metro Leaders Head To Capitol Hill

How do safety, reliability and a squared away budget sound in terms of changes for Metro? A consultant's report is helping Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld prioritize fixes ahead of his date with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sweeping Changes Recommended For Metro In Consultants' Report

The consulting firm McKinsey & Company performed a deep dive into nearly every area of Metro’s organization.

Late-Forming Super PACs Bring Big Dollars, Unnamed Donors To Senate Race

Highlighting what campaign finance experts call a “disclosure loophole” for last-minute spending by outside groups, two Super PACs have spent more than $1 million combined on Maryland's Senate primary.

A Look At The Bills That Passed The Maryland General Assembly

Maryland's legislative session wrapped up on Monday night, and we've got a look at some of the legislation that cleared the General Assembly in the last 90 days.

Dedicated Bus Lanes Planned For Most Of Route 7 Between Tysons Corner, Alexandria

Local officials are seeking the public's input on a plan that would bring a bus rapid transit system between Tysons Corner and Alexandria instead of a light rail line.

Monday, April 11, 2016

First DCPS Teacher To Win Arbitration Over Evaluation System Discusses His Case

In 2010, during the second year of the new teacher evaluation system called IMPACT, Thomas O'Rourke received an "ineffective" rating, and he eventually lost his job. Four years later, an arbitrator ruled in his favor. He talks about the case with WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza.

Gov. McAuliffe Seeks To Keep Execution Drug Suppliers Secret

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rejected an effort to force Virginia's condemned inmates to die in the electric chair, replacing the proposal with one that would keep secret the identities of pharmacies that supply lethal injection drugs to the commonwealth.

Problems With D.C. Circulator Buses Started With Decision To Hire Private Firm, Union Says

An audit released last week found systemic problems with the District's fleet of Circulator buses, which union officials are saying is the consequence of the decision to hire a private, for-profit contractor to run the system.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Drivers' Union Seeks Major Changes After Audit Exposes Problems With Circulator

The union representing D.C. Circulator drivers called on the District to fire the private firm in charge of operating and maintaining the bus line, after an audit determined Cincinnati-based First Transit kept buses in service that were in a state of disrepair.

MPD Asking For Public's Help Cracking Down On Dirt Bikes, ATVs

After several high-profile incidents, D.C. Police are hoping the public can identify more than 200 persons of interest in connection with incidents involving groups of people on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Defective Buses, Inadequate Maintenance Found In Audit Of D.C. Circulator

The oldest D.C. Circulator buses in the District’s fleet have remained on the roads despite “an exceptionally high number of defects,” says an audit by the District Department of Transportation.

'Surprising' Super PAC Spending Continues To Grow In Maryland Senate Race

Independent campaign groups are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into Maryland' s Senate race, and the cash is having an outsized influence on the Democratic primary race between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards.