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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Central American Moms Appeal To First Lady To Halt Family Detentions

Starting in 2014, undocumented women and children have been detained in prison-like facilities while they wait for courts to decide their fate. Ahead of Mothers Day, activists are appealing to Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to halt the practice.

For Mothers Who Were Foster Children, A 'Two-Generation' Approach To Support

The Elizabeth Ministry in Southeast D.C. works with young mothers who have been in the foster-child system to help them adjust to becoming parents themselves. Past traumas weigh heavily on the process.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Metro's 'Hard Truth' Maintenance Plan Is Almost Ready For Board And Public

Metro's current work schedule is "not enough to dig out of the deferred maintenance hole," says Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. He's planning to make big changes, and he'll unveil them to the transit authority's board later this week.

D.C. Couple Cries Fowl After Being Cited For Having Backyard Chickens

A family in D.C.'s Chevy Chase neighborhood has filed suit to stop the city's Department of Health from impounding its pet poultry.

CSX Says Derailment Site Has Been Cleaned Up And Trains Are Running Again

The first train moved through the site Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m. and normal operations have resumed, a spokesman for the rail company said.

FTA Or FRA? Sec. Foxx, NTSB Clash Over Which Agency Would Make Metro Safer

Is the Federal Transit Administration doing enough in its oversight role over WMATA? The NTSB and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx continue to spar over whether they or the Federal Railroad Administration would be more effective.

$15 Minimum Wage In D.C. Could Help Low-Wage Workers Stay Afloat: Report

Raising the minimum wage in D.C. to $15 an hour would give low-wage workers an additional $329 million a year, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. The data is likely to fuel the minimum wage debate in the District this year.

How Journalists Prepare For Conflict Both Abroad And Closer To Home

Reporters preparing to head into conflict zones or even those covering political rallies have to learn how to handle themselves in a hostile environment. Armando Trull shows us how they go about training.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cruz Drops Out After Trump Wins Indiana; Sanders Edges Clinton

Get the latest on the results in the Republican and Democratic primaries from NPR Politics.

'Fundamentally Flawed' Metro Oversight Led To Deadly Smoke Incident, NTSB Says

The National Transportation Safety Board released 43 findings detailing a litany of failures that led to the death of one passenger and injuries to more than 90 others on Jan. 12, 2015.

Low-Income Residents Being Squeezed Out Of Silver Spring At High Rates

Low-income residents are being priced out of Silver Spring at a faster rate than in almost any other metro area in the country, according to a new report from real estate firm Trulia.

Why Lye And Ethanol? Derailment Raises Questions About What Comes Through D.C.

The derailment in Northeast D.C. of a freight rail train carrying hazardous chemicals is reigniting a debate over whether potentially dangerous materials should be hauled through the nation's capital.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Metro Safety Culture Lacking For More Than 30 Years: NTSB

Metro has not addressed safety issues first exposed by a federal investigation back in 1982. The full NTSB report will be released Tuesday.

Republicans Plan Lawsuit Against Restoration Of Voting Rights For Va. Felons

GOP lawmakers in Virginia say they plan to challenge Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's action allowing more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November.

D.C. Wants To Become The 51st State. And Here's How It Plans On Going About It.

D.C. officials say they will petition Congress to admit the city to the union as the 51st state, a process that will involve holding a constitutional convention and referendum.