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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Is Virginia Putting Too Many People Behind Bars?

With 2.3 million Americans now behind bars, many states are looking at alternatives to jail time for those who commit nonviolent crimes. But Virginia continues to imprison large numbers of people.

Plan To Bring Capital Bikeshare To George Washington Parkway May Be In Danger

Plans to install Capital Bikeshare stations along George Washington Memorial Parkway may be hitting a snag.

3 Arrested After Protesting GOP Move To Overturn D.C.'s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act

For the first time since 1991, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn a local D.C. law. Activists for District autonomy say it's a intrusion on the city's self-government, and three of them were arrested last week during a protest.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Work To Rebuild Rock Creek Park Trail To Begin This Fall

After years of delay, work is expected to start on the popular but crumbling walking and biking trail in Washington.

Dancing, Prayer In Baltimore After Charges Announced In Freddie Gray's Death

Six police officers have been charged in the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray — and the reaction on the streets has been visceral.

Structure In Watergate Garage Collapses, Injuring 1 Person

First responders are picking through the rubble Friday after a structure within the Watergate complex collapsed.

House Votes To Strike Down D.C. Law: Q&A With David Hawkings

The Roll Call columnist explains Thursday night's vote by the U.S. House in favor of striking down a D.C. law banning discrimination over employees' reproductive decisions.

The Bounce: Take Bandwidth’s Music News Quiz

Think you've been paying attention to music news this week? Are you a music fan in general? Then try out the music-news quiz on WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth site.

First Latina In Maryland Legislature Sets Sights On New Goal: Congress

Ana Sol Gutierrez was the first Latina elected to Maryland's State House, and now she wants to be the first Latina to represent Maryland voters in Congress.

Traffic Deaths On Maryland Roads Hit Six-Decade Low In 2014

Officials with Maryland's Department of Transportation report the number of traffic fatalities on Maryland roads was 442, the lowest figure since 1948.

This Week On Metro Connection: Weed, The People

Now that you can use small amounts of marijuana in the nation's capital, we'll explore how it's affecting the city, the region, and the national debate over the legalization of pot.

Will Maryland Follow In D.C.'s Footsteps In Approving Recreational Pot Use?

For several legislative sessions in a row, Maryland lawmakers have approved marijuana-related bills. We'll explore what that trend means for the future.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

House Republicans Push Vote To Overturn Non-Discrimination Law In D.C.

A vote is expected by Friday in the U.S. House on whether to overturn a D.C. law banning discrimination by employers on workers' decisions on birth control and abortion.

Republican Speaker Bill Howell To Face Primary Challenge In Virginia

Virginia's Speaker of the House of Delegates will face his most serious electoral challenge in years — not from across the aisle, but from inside his own party.

Why Do People Jump Metro Fare Gates? Because They Can

Metro says they will be stepping up police presence at some stations to curb assaults against employees — but will they address what is often the underlying issue: riders jumping the fare gates.