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Monday, April 20, 2015

Montgomery County's Jamie Raskin To Run For Congressional Seat

Openings at the top of the Democratic political ladder in Maryland are filtering down, clearing the way for Montgomery County state senator Jamie Raskin to make a bid for Congress.

Ethics Reform Bill In Virginia Fixes Gift Limit At $100, Falls Short Of Expectations

Starting this summer, Virginia lawmakers will have a $100 per year limit on gifts, but critics say the lack of oversight into campaign spending and the absence of subpoena power for the newly-established Ethics Council is disappointing.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Morale Is Low Among Government Workers, But What Can Be Done?

Lawmakers are awaiting the results of a Government Accountability Office on low morale across federal agencies. But can Congress help fix a problem they played a large part in creating?

D.C. Fire And EMS Bringing Back Entrance Exam For New Recruits

There are 150 vacancies for D.C. first responders, and as part of the push for recruiting, they will be going back to using entrance exams.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Math Is Everywhere, But Especially On National Mall This Weekend

The first National Math Festival of its kind comes to the District Saturday, taking over the National Mall and Smithsonian museums.

Virginia Lawmakers Putting Final Touches On Ethics Reform Package

In Richmond, Virginia, lawmakers assembled at the Capitol Friday to put the final touches on an ethics reform package crafted as the result of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction for corruption and conspiracy.

Transportation Secretary Calls On Congress To Fix Highway Funding Quandary

The federal fund that pays for road and transit projects is scheduled to run out of money in July — two months later than expected — and the Obama administration's top transportation official is once again calling on Congress to find a long-term solution.

Your Letters

We'll pass the microphone to listeners and read from their comments about the show.

Sen. Kaine: No Bi-County Parkway Without 'Community Consensus'

The Virginia Democrat says nobody is telling him that the controversial road project is a priority.

As Immigration Case Hits Crucial Step, Activists Push Forward With Agenda

In the D.C. area, thousands of undocumented immigrants are awaiting the outcome of a federal appeals court case. In the meantime, activists are holding clinics to help those families navigate their legal situations.

This Week On Metro Connection: The Three Rs

We'll get ready for Earth Day with a show about reducing, reusing, and recycling in the D.C. region.

Arlington's Discovery Elementary Being Built As First 'Net Zero' School In Virginia

Slated to open in September, Arlington's Discovery School will have 2,000 solar panels and a geothermal well field.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fairfax County Takes New Steps Toward Combating Sexual Assault

Despite the retraction of the Rolling Stone article about a University of Virginia fraternity, elected officials across Virginia say they're becoming increasingly concerned about sexual assault on college campuses.

Marijuana Law In Maryland Gets Fleshed Out In General Assembly

During their session this year in Annapolis, lawmakers had to fill in several gaps in its marijuana decriminalization law.

Virginia To Congress: Stop Approving New Flights Out Of Reagan National Airport

Dulles Airport is suffering as a result of Congressional favoritism for Reagan National Airport, Virginia officials say. Is it time to cut back on the number of flights out of the Arlington hub?

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