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Friday, April 18, 2014

Park Police Seek Man Accused Of Sexual Assault In D.C. Park

Police have released a sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a park in Northwest D.C. earlier this month.

Warner Leads In Fundraising, But Gillespie Posts Surprising Haul

The Virginia U.S. Senate race is heating up as both candidates are proving to be formidable fundraisers.

D.C. Special Education Advocates Optimistic About Extra Funds For Students

Special education advocates for D.C.’s public school children say they are “cautiously optimistic” that more money proposed in the budget for students will disabilities will translate into better care.

D.C.'s Minimum Wage Going Up To $11.50, But Activists Want Another Dollar

Activists in D.C. are pushing a ballot initiative that would increase the city's minimum wage to $12.50 an hour, above the $11.50 signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray earlier this year.

McAuliffe Announces Policy To Make It Easier For Felons To Have Rights Restored

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new policy that will make it easier for former felons to regain their voting rights, including removing drug crimes and decreasing a wait time from five years to three.

D.C. Has Relatively Safe Streets, But Still Needs Improvements, Report Finds

A new report concludes that D.C. has some of the safest roads in the nation, but bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities are still rising.

Analysis: U.S. Capitol Renovations And The D.C. Council's Lawsuit Against Mayor Gray

Roll Call's David Hawkings joins Matt Bush to discuss the D.C. council's suit against Mayor Gray and the expensive process of rehabilitating the U.S. Capitol Dome.

With Immigration Reform Stalled, Families Wait For Change

As Democrats and Republicans in Congress argue over how to address immigration reform, thousands of local families wait for answers.

Free Public Wi-Fi Comes To NoMa

The NoMa Business Improvement District has started to provide free Wi-Fi in some parts of the neighborhood, but some users say the service is still too sluggish.

Customers Bid Farewell To One Of The D.C. Region's Last Video Stores

Longtime movie lovers say they'll miss the shop, but they'll especially mourn the gradual death of an American tradition.

Judge Says Ex-Governor McDonnell Can't Withhold Documents From Prosecutors

McDonnell asked to keep the information from prosecutors, saying it would expose his trial strategy, but a judge says prosecutors can't be excluded.

Door to Door: Kentlands, Md. and Glen Carlyn, Va. (Originally Broadcast 02/14/2014)

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we'll visit Kentlands, Md. and Glen Carlyn, Va.

Tiny Town Hosts World's Oldest Bluegrass Concert Series (Originally Broadcast 12/13/2013)

The tiny hamlet of Lucketts, Va. is home to one stop light, an antique store, a gas station, and a 40-year-old music tradition.

Remembering a Vanished Way of Life on Virginia's Barrier Islands (Originally Broadcast 02/21/2014)

Many generations of people once lived and worked on Virginia's barrier islands — but erosion and hurricanes drove them back to the mainland.

Gregg's Barbershop Marks 100 Years in Shaw (Originally Broadcast 11/08/2013)

We'll visit Gregg's Barbershop, which has been a community mainstay in Shaw for 100 years.