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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Slain TV Reporter, Cameraman Were Team Working On Careers

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were in their twenties and had both found love at WDBJ in Roanoke.

Reporter, Cameraman Killed By Shooter During Live Interview In Virginia

A reporter and cameraman for a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia, were reportedly killed by an active shooter during a live TV interview this morning, according to CBS News.

What Should Metro Do When A Bus Route Regularly Comes Under Attack?

When stray bullets and rocks are regularly directed toward Metrobuses in one neighborhood, what is to be done? Metro first bypassed three stops before announcing a new strategy Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

D.C. Regulators Reject $6.4 Billion Pepco-Exelon Merger

The D.C. Public Service Commission on Tuesday rejected the proposed $6.4 billion merger between local electric utility Pepco and national energy giant Exelon, the only local jurisdiction to do so.

Business Leader Sues To Stop D.C. Vote On $15 Minimum Wage

The head of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce is suing to stop a public vote on a $15 minimum wage for the District.

What Advice Would You Give A First-Generation College Student?

Just 1 in 4 low-income college students, many of them the first in their families trying to get their degree, don't make it to graduation day. What advice might help change their outcomes? We want to hear about your experiences in college.

Will The D.C. Public Service Commission Sign Off On Pepco-Exelon Merger?

Renewable energy advocates have been strongly critical of a proposed $6.9 billion merger between energy giants Exelon and Pepco, but ultimately it's the D.C. Public Service Commission that will need to sign off.

LISTEN: Gang Violence Drives Desperation In El Salvador

Violence has driven thousands of Central American immigrants to cross U.S. borders in recent years. WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull returns to San Salvador to explore the continued violence there and how it might affect Salvadorans in our communities.

Rethinking The Relationship Between Mental Health And Police In Fairfax County

At least two high-profile cases where interactions between law enforcement and those suffering from mental illness ended in a death have prompted a law enforcement sub-committee to review Fairfax County police practices.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Amid Celebrations, Zoo Officials Warn Of Challenges In Caring For Panda Twins

As D.C. celebrates the birth of two baby pandas at the National Zoo, officials caution that trying to raise twins in captivity is difficult — especially during the first of couple of weeks.

Didn't Shovel Your Walk? In D.C., It'll Soon Be A Finable Offense

Yes, it's still summer. But it's never to soon to be ready for winter, when D.C. will finally start fining residents and businesses who do not shovel their sidewalks.

Why Offshore Wind Continues To Drag In Virginia

Virginia's coast is well-suited to the development of offshore wind power, but structural impediments and already low energy costs make for a tough sell.

D.C. Looks To 'Cornerstones' To Bring Education Equity To Public Schools

This year D.C. Public Schools is launching a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring that every student in every school across the city gets access to the same opportunities and resources.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

UVA Researchers Crack The Code Of A Crop-Destroying Virus

Using an extremely powerful microscope, researchers at the University of Virginia have made a breakthrough on the bamboo mosaic virus — and beyond just saving crops, the discovery may pay dividends in medical research as well.

Metro Runs Safety Drill At Stadium-Armory

If you saw scores of first-responders at the Stadium-Armory Metro on Sunday morning, never fear, it was just a drill.