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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Metro Releases Final Plan For Reconstruction Work, Related Shutdowns

Metro has released a final, revised version of its massive SafeTrack reconstruction schedule, after consultation with federal safety officials who asked for certain repairs to be moved up to the start of work next month.

Opportunity To Earn Money Creates A Harsh Cycle For Many Immigrant Children

Some unaccompanied immigrant children have been exploited by traffickers, but many are forced to work simply because no one else is able to support them. Armando Trull talks to youths who are trying to overcome pressures of high school and nearly full-time employment.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LISTEN: It Will Get Warmer Soon — Or At Least The Capital Weather Gang Says So

Many people in the Washington region are eager for the cool and soggy spring of 2016 to end. Forecaster Matt Ross of The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang is here with a prediction for June, July and August.

Dedicated Funding Stream For Metro? Probably Not This Year, Lawmakers Say

Metro is the only major transit system in the U.S. without a dedicated funding stream, like a yearly subsidy or a specific sales tax. Members of the Washington region’s congressional delegation pledged Wednesday that they would try to establish one.

Judge Overturns Key Provision Of D.C.'s Concealed-Carry Law — Again

A federal judge ordered D.C. to stop enforcing the provision of the city's law requiring that anyone applying for a concealed-carry permit demonstrate a "good reason" for needing to carry a handgun in public.

D.C. Leaders Remain Defiant As Congress Exerts Authority Over City Budget

D.C. leaders on Tuesday defiantly claimed the right to spend local funds with less congressional interference, just as Republicans on Capitol Hill passed a bill re-exerting their authority over the city's finances.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Rain In May Has Mainly Canceled Games

For most recreational baseball, soccer and other sports leagues in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia this spring is like a stormy day at the airport: Lots of cancellations and no reprieve in sight.

Words Fly After D.C. Council Alters Plan To Close D.C. General Homeless Shelter

The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an amended version of Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to close the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General and replace it with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters.

As D.C. Claims Budget 'Autonomy,' Republicans Threaten To Tighten Reins

Just how much budget autonomy does D.C. have? Council members will vote today on the city's $13.4 billion budget while at the same time, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee will seek to nullify the referendum granting the city that authority.

Monday, May 16, 2016

LISTEN: Howard U. Graduate Cited By Obama Prepares To Be A 'Change Agent'

Ciearra Jefferson will never forget her Howard University graduation ceremony: President Barack Obama was the speaker and he singled her out for praise. She talks about her personal story and her aspirations with WAMU 88.5's Tamika Smith.

D.C. Council Proposes Big Changes To Bowser's Plan To Close D.C. General Shelter

The chairman of the D.C. Council wants to put more of the shelters that would replace D.C. General on city-owned land, which he says would help bring down the overall cost to close the troubled 270-unit homeless shelter.

Plan For Wizards And Mystics Facility Has Some In Southeast D.C. Playing Defense

The mostly vacant St. Elizabeths campus in southeast D.C. may soon be home to an arena for the Washington Mystics and practice facility for the Washington Wizards, but questions remain about whether it represents money well spent, especially for local residents.

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Round Of Raids Could Spark Terror Among Central-American Immigrants

Local immigration activists are denouncing the ICE raids and bracing for a second wave of panic, similar to one sparked by raids in January.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Changes Loom For SafeTrack Plan Amid Friction Between Metro, Federal Officials

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld conceded he should have reached out to federal oversight officials before unveiling a tentative schedule for a massive rail reconstruction program starting next month, saying his management style is sometimes impatient.

District Heights, Maryland, Mayor James L. Walls Dies

The city's police department says the cause of death has not been determined. Prince George's County Police, who are investigating the death, said in a news release that there are no signs of foul play.