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Friday, April 29, 2016

Why Are Weather Geeks Talking About Snow Measurement Right Now? The Capital Weather Gang Explains

The National Weather Service released a report this week that is an "indictment of the current system" for how the National Weather Service and Federal Aviation Administration measure snowfall totals, according to the Capital Weather Gang at The Washington Post. Forecaster Angela Fritz talks about the controversy.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

McAuliffe Close To 'Flunking Out' On Environmental Issues, Groups Say

A coalition of four environmental said that after two years in office, the Virginia governor's environmental record deserves a "D+" grade.

Metro Announces 'Maintenance Surge' Along Red Line Through Weekend

Red Line riders, take heed. There will be major single tracking through the weekend as Metro seeks to address chronic issues on the Northwest part of the line.

With Focus On Safety, Transportation Secretary Foxx Overhauls Metro Board

Mort Downey, Harriet Tregoning and Anthony Giancola are being replaced on Metro's board of directors — part of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's effort to overhaul the transit agency's day-to-day operations.

Does Metro Need More Experts To Guide It? Maryland Congressman Says Yes

Maryland Democratic Congressman John Delaney is making the pitch that the Metro's board needs more experts on it — and he's proposing federal legislation to make that happen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Outlook For Maryland's Republican Candidates: Michael Steele Weighs In

The former lieutenant governor of Maryland and former chairman of the Republican National Committee talks about some of the winners of Tuesday's Republican primaries and their potential strategies for pulling off upsets in November against high-profile Democrats.

Coalition Asks Mayor To Make Big Changes To D.C. Homeless Shelter Plan

A coalition of close to five-dozen social justice organizations is calling on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to make a number of significant changes to her plan to replace the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters.

What Does Tuesday's Primary Mean For Maryland As A Progressive State?

Chris Van Hollen won the headline primary race in Maryland on Tuesday night, defeating Donna Edwards, who was vying to be just the second black woman in the U.S. Senate. With her defeat, what does that mean for politics in the Old Line State?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Brown, Who Lost To Hogan In Governor's Race, Takes Primary For House Seat

Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has won the race for the Democratic nomination to run for Rep. Donna Edwards' seat in Maryland's 4th Congressional District.

Raskin Holds Off Big Spender Trone In Maryland Democratic House Primary

Jamie Raskin prevailed Tuesday over David Trone and Kathleen Matthews in what has been the most expensive House primary race this cycle.

Van Hollen Defeats Edwards In Maryland Democratic Senate Primary

Rep. Chris Van Hollen won Tuesday night after a long and heated primary against Rep. Donna Edwards for the seat opening due to Sen. Barbara Mikulski's retirement at the end of her term.

Four Polling Places In Baltimore Ordered To Remain Open An Extra Hour

A judge ordered four Baltimore polling places to each stay open until 9 p.m. Tuesday because they opened late, and the state Board of Elections delayed the release of results from all Maryland primary races until then.

What You Need To Know For Maryland's Primaries Tuesday

You can head to the polls to vote in Maryland's primaries today — we'll show you where. With money pouring into the contests this year, the state's Senate and House races promise to be interesting. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

At A Time Of Near-Constant Bad News For Metro, Why Has The WMATA Riders' Union Gone Silent?

The volunteer advocacy group advocating for Metro riders is on hiatus at a time of turmoil for the transit agency. Reporter Martin Di Caro talks to the leadership of the group to find out why.

D.C.'s Newest Statehood Supporter: Tony Hale Of 'Veep,' 'Arrested Development'

Tony Hale plays the character Gary Walsh on HBO's Veep. Mike Martinez, managing producer of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, talks to him about how realistic his show is and enlists him in a local D.C. cause.

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