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Friday, July 8, 2011

FTA Head: McDonnell To Pitch In $150 Million More To Dulles Metrorail

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be pitching in more money to the Dulles Metrorail project, despite his recent complaints that its cost has grown too high.

A Sneak Peak At Metro's New Train Cars

In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in its place will be a fleet of all new train cars.

Riders Tell Metro: Shorten Station Names!

With a new subway line in Northern Virginia on the horizon, Metro is revamping its iconic map. And since it’s going to be changing the map, Metro is also looking to change the names of some of its stations.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Loudoun Supervisors Not Sold On Dulles Rail Compromise

County leaders in Northern Virginia are mulling over a deal that would bring down the cost of the planned Dulles Metrorail station by $1 billion.

D.C.P.S. Resolves Part Of Special Ed Class Action Suit

D.C. Public Schools has reduced the backlog of cases involving special education students waiting to meet with hearing officers, meaning the District has been released from a part of a longstanding class action lawsuit Blackman-Jones.

D.C. Mayor Looks Into Sexual Assault In Summer Jobs Program

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is defending city hiring practices after a city employee was charged with sexually assaulting a teenager. The employee was a paroled criminal.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The Capital Fringe Festival takes Northwest Washington by storm, the National Symphony Orchestra tunes up at Wolf Trap, and Odd Birds nest at the Artists' Gallery in Columbia.

Decision On Charter Schools Today In Montgomery County

Later this morning, Board of Education members in Montgomery County could approve plans for the first charter school in the county.

Capital Fringe Festival Kicks Off Today

Today is the first day of the Capital Fringe Festival: biggest unjuried festival of self-produced theater in the region.

Maryland Police Reviewing Surveillance Videos To Identify Speed Camera Attacker

Maryland State Police say they're reviewing surveillance videos from local businesses in search of clues to a suspect who attacked a speed camera enforcement car yesterday.

D.C. Joint Arson Task Force Arrest Suspect For Setting Multiple Fires

A joint arson task force that included the D.C fire department, federal agents, and other jurisdictions has nabbed a serial arsonist whose crimes go back at least four years.

Study Names D.C. As Second "Least Obese" State In Country

Washington D.C. has been named the second "least obese" state in the country, according to the 2011 report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future." But experts warn that the average obesity rate in the District masks very large disparities among residents.

Bullying Top Concern for Va. Public School Students

Virginia's public school principals and superintendents say bullying has become the chief worry among their students.

Examining The Broadband Divide In D.C.

A new study from American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, suggests that the broadband internet divide in our region isn't a matter of access, but instead a matter of adoption. WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews project director John Dunbar about the study's findings.

TSA To Step Up Bomb Screening At Airports

Security measures at airports will likely increase soon due to warnings about a potential new terrorist threat: body bombs.

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