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Friday, May 27, 2016

Two Transportation Bills Are Part Of Maryland Governor's Slate Of Vetoes

Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed five bills, including one concerning a bridge on U.S. 301, and another that would increase oversight of the state's transit agency.

Verizon, Unions Reach Deal In Principle For Four-Year Contract

About 39,000 landline and cable employees in nine eastern states and Washington, D.C., have been on strike since April. They had been working without a contract since last August.

Do The Roots Of Mental Health Issues Lie In Early Childhood?

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that many chronic mental and physical health problems have their roots in early childhood, when kids' brains are just developing. But what should parents, teachers, doctors look out for?

Introducing Capital Soundtrack, A New WAMU Music Project

What does Washington sound like? Capital Soundtrack, a new music project from WAMU 88.5, explores that question.

With 230,000 Flags, Arlington's Old Guard Honors The Military's Fallen

There's a flag at every headstone this weekend in Arlington National Cemetery. Placing them is one of the ceremonial traditions of the oldest active infantry regiment in the Army.

Metro's After-Midnight Rides Will Go On Hiatus After This Weekend

If you're a regular on Metro after midnight, it's time to scope out alternatives.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Presidents, First Ladies And 'The Extraordinary Life Of Mrs. Adams' With Louisa Thomas

The current presidential cycle is sensational in many ways, but also old hat for American politics in others. In one of our latest WAMU In Your Bookstore events, producer Tayla Burney talks elections with Louisa Thomas in the context of the life of First Lady Louisa Adams.

For Families Touched By Teen Suicide, Regrets And Calls For Greater Outreach

Every day thousands of adolescents try to commit suicide. For families that lose their children, the regrets and second-guessing never cease, but they say greater awareness and outreach in schools might save some lives.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

U.S. House Rejects D.C.'s Plans For Full Autonomy Over Budget

In a 240-179 vote, the Republican-led House passed a bill that would overturn efforts by the city to take control over how it spends its money. It's a largely symbolic move: The Senate and President Obama are unlikely to go along.

D.C., Maryland, Virginia Take Serious Step Toward Creating Metro Safety Panel

Leaders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have agreed on a proposal to create a Metro Safety Commission that is supposed to supplant the Federal Transit Administration’s temporary oversight role. It's a key step in a process that will rely on action in all three jurisdictions' legislatures.

Gov. McAuliffe: Federal Investigators Have Found No Wrongdoing

The federal investigation into Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has focused on his business dealings before he took office and has found no evidence of wrongdoing, the governor's attorney said Wednesday.

Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

How Specialized Programs Can Get Kids With Anxiety Back In The Classroom

Psychologists say students with crippling anxiety feel as stressed going to school as they would being chased by a lion, but rather than giving up on them, specialized programs can gently get them back in the classroom.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Metro Changes Policy On Notification Of Violent Crimes After Criticism In Rape Case

General Manager Paul Wiedefeld ordered the change in policy as Metro was facing criticism for its delay in notifying the public about the alleged rape of a woman aboard a Red Line train in Montgomery County last month.

Is Legal Status Requirement By A Landlord Discrimination? Fairfax Families File Suit

Four immigrant families in a Fairfax County mobile home park are taking their landlord to court over a requirement that they provide proof of legal status or face a big increase in rent.