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Friday, January 22, 2016

LISTEN: Apologies And Preparations In D.C. As Storm Heads In

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU 88.5's Matt McCleskey about D.C.'s reaction to a storm on Jan. 20, and how it set the table for the city's response to the weekend's incoming blizzard.

Bowser Warns D.C. About 'Life Or Death' Stakes With This Storm

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is warning residents that the blizzard bearing down on the region could have "life and death implications," and is urging residents to be off the streets by 3 p.m. and ready to hunker down for up to 72 hours.

With Blizzard Upon Us, Few Options Left To Get In, Out Or Around D.C.

Thousands of flights have been canceled, roads will be a mess and Metro will close from Friday through Monday, making doing anything other than sheltering at home a less-than-ideal option.

Washington Region Braces For Blizzard With 'Top 10' Potential

The blizzard bearing down on D.C. and much of the East Coast on Friday may be among the worst to ever hit the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Concerns For D.C. Area Homeless Population As Winter Storm Bears Down

Volunteers are criss-crossing the region in an effort to get the homeless population — many of whom do not know there is a serious storm bearing down — into shelter before things get potentially dangerous.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

With Blizzard Bearing Down On Region, Metro Suspends All Weekend Service

No Metro trains or buses will run from Friday night to Monday morning, further immobilizing the region as it deals with a blizzard expected to bring two feet of snow.

What We Know About This 'Potentially Crippling' East Coast Storm

Should we worry? When will it hit? Is Washington ready?

Bed Tax Or Provider Assessment? Different Sides Use Different Language In Virginia

A plan to help fund care for people without health insurance in Virginia by charging fees on hospitals has gained an important new ally.

Overriding Hogan's Vetoes An Early Focus For Maryland General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly voted Wednesday to override three of the vetoes handed down by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, including provisions on voting rights for felons and decriminalizing marijuana paraphernalia.

School Closures Jan. 21

A light snow on Wednesday night resulted in slick road conditions for the evening commute and more than a few weather closings and delays, as our partners at The Washington Post have been updating.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Says He Might Not Block Attempts To Stop I-66 Toll Lanes

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is indicating he may not oppose state legislators' efforts to block tolls on I-66, which are supposed to begin charging motorists on the inside-the-Beltway portion of the highway in 2017, if they send such legislation to his desk.

LISTEN: All Signs Point To A Big Snowstorm In D.C. Region

Wednesday night's snow was small but disruptive. Angela Fritz of the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang joins Jonathan Wilson to explain where this weekend's bigger cold blast is coming from, and why chances for a huge storm are looking strong.

As D.C. Braces, Kentucky And Tennessee Feeling Effects Of Winter Weather

As the South and East prepared for a nor'easter with the potential for significant snowfall by week's end, snow began to blanket much of Kentucky and Tennessee and contributed to at least one traffic-related death Wednesday.

Virginia Senate Chamber Has Long Tradition Of Press Availability

The tradition of press access to the floor of the Virginia Senate goes back more than a century, but the recent move by state Republicans to banish journalists to the public viewing area is not actually without precedent.