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Friday, August 21, 2015

This Week On Metro Connection: Aug. 21, 2015 (rebroadcast)

We'll take an audio tour of Virginia's most heavily-populated county, and meet some of the 1.1 million people who call it home.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

D.C. Group Takes Statehood Message To Maryland Boardwalk

 DC Disruptors is trying to get more young people involved in the push for statehood.

Maureen McDonnell Wants Conviction Overturned, Or At Least A New Trial

The former Virginia first lady says a recent appeals court decision rejecting her husband's request to overturn his corruption convictions shouldn't mean her own appeal suffers the same fate.

Confederate Group Can't Use Chapel, Washington And Lee University Says

The group's Stonewall Brigade had held an annual ceremony at the Lexington, Virginia, school's Lee Chapel for more than a decade.

Tips On Illegal Guns And Shootings Now Bring Bigger Rewards In D.C.

Information leading to arrests and convictions in illegal gun cases now can earn tipsters a reward of $2,500. The mayor and police chief are bringing back the program because of D.C.'s spike in deadly gun violence.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For Virginia Legislature, Special Session Produced One Thing: A Question

Partisan warfare has paralyzed the state government in Virginia, where Republicans and Democrats are bitterly divided not only over what happened during a special session this week — but even over whether or not the special session is still happening.

Gov. Hogan Says 95 Percent Of His Cancer Is Gone

He's about halfway through his 18-week treatment plan for stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Officer Charged In John Geer Shooting Is Denied Bail, Collapses In Courtroom

Adam Torres fainted Wednesday morning after being denied bail and as a judge scheduled a December trial on charges that Torres wrongfully shot and killed 46-year-old John Geer of Springfield in a standoff triggered by a domestic dispute call.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

D.C. Conducts First-Ever Count Of Homeless Youth

Advocates hope that the count will help the District better tailor programs to residents that may not live on the streets or in shelters but still face long bouts of housing instability.

With App Called Split, Rides Are Cheap, And You Might Not Have To Share (Yet)

The app, which launched in D.C. in May, is supposed to put multiple passengers in each vehicle's back seat, with the goal of making car travel more efficient and sustainable. So how is it doing so far?

Crude Oil On A Train Through Your Town? You Have A Right To Know, Judge Says

Rail giants CSX and Norfolk Southern have tried to keep information about crude oil moving along their rails quiet, but a federal judge disagreed.

Fairfax County Officer Charged With Murder in John Geer Case

Fairfax County Police Officer Adam Torres has been charged with the second-degree murder of county resident John Geer following in August 2013 domestic incident that has been shrouded in secrecy ever since.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Virginia Special Session Ends Abruptly After Bitter Feuding

Virginia lawmakers ended a knock-down, drag-out fight Monday without drawing new congressional maps or filling a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. But Democrats got what they wanted.

Concert On National Mall To Raise Awareness Of Addiction

Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow and Joe Walsh from the Eagles will perform in a concert being planned for the National Mall in October to draw attention to the problem of addiction.

Virginia Legislators Battle Over State Supreme Court Pick

A special session in Richmond, for which lawmakers convenedto fix the state's congressional map, became the scene of a bitter debate over a vacancy on the state Supreme Court Monday.