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Thursday, May 14, 2015

D.C. Legislators Add Money For Illegal-Construction Inspectors

In the wake of a WAMU report on house-flipping, three D.C. legislators have set aside money for the city to hire two new illegal-construction inspectors.

Republicans And Democrats Again Feud Over D.C. School Voucher Program

A House committee traveled to a Catholic school in Northeast D.C. on Thursday to debate a controversial program that offers low-income students in D.C. federally funded vouchers to attend private schools.

Hogan's Cuts To Tolls Favor Some Voters Over Others, State Senator Says

Bay Bridge users, for example, will benefit more than Intercounty Connector users. Sen. Richard Madaleno says the governor is rewarding toll payers "by where they live and where they vote."

Biliterate D.C. Students Now Can Get A Special Seal On Their Diplomas

Beginning this year, juniors and seniors who can demonstrate a proficiency in foreign languages acquired through immersion or advanced placement classes can apply for the seal.

Friday, May 15, 2015

This Week On Metro Connection: Fairfax County

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.

The Georgelas Family: Three Generations Of Building Fairfax County

John Georgelas built his first home in 1963 from a kit ordered through a catalog. More than 50 years later, his family is playing a major role in the redevelopment  of Tyson's Corner.

How Has Fairfax County's Rapid Growth Affected The Environment?

Decades of development have been good for the bottom line, but conservation groups are concerned about what has been done to local watersheds.

Fairfax County's Economy, Long Driven By Uncle Sam, Seeks A New Engine

The county is chock full of empty office space, due to a reduction in spending by the federal government, leaving local officials seeking ways to make up the difference.

From A To B: Fairfax County Grapples With Perennial Traffic Problems

We'll look at Fairfax County's most pressing transportation problems in the return of our transportation segment, from A to B.

At McLean's Clemyjontri Park, A Place For All Children To Play In Perpetuity

Fairfax County is home to one of the first large-scale parks in America built so "typical" children and children with special needs can play side by side.

A Town Founded By A Former Slave Seeks To Hold On To Its Heritage

Gum Springs, Va. was founded by a former slave who's rumored to be the son of our nation's first president.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Maryland Legislators Push For Changes To How Police Misconduct Is Investigated

A group of state lawmakers in Maryland looking at police accountability measures will likely push for independent prosecutors to handle cases where an officer faces serious charges.

Even After Derailment, Amtrak Funding Facing Major Cuts In Congress

As federal investigators pick through the wreckage of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia that left from Union Station, Congress is debating whether to cut Amtrak funding.

Stagnant Wages, Scant Affordable Housing Keep People Homeless In D.C. Region, Report Says

There were fewer homeless people in the region this year than last, though a shortage of affordable housing remains a significant challenge for many low-income families.

D.C. Legislator Moves To Slow Rollout Of Body-Worn Cameras

Mayor Muriel Bowser wants $5 million for 2,800 body-worn cameras for the city's police officers, but D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) says the police department isn't ready for a full rollout of the cameras.

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