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Monday, March 30, 2015

Will McAuliffe Make Good On Campaign Promises In Virginia?

Virginia lawmakers will be back in session next month, and the governor will try once again to deliver on the campaign promises that were central to his campaign.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hundreds Brave Frigid Temperatures To Celebrate Kite Festival

There was plenty of wind to lift kites of all shapes and sizes at the National Blossom Kite Festival Sunday; at least for those who could brave the cold.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kojo In Anacostia

March 31 and April 1, The Kojo Nnamdi Show will do special shows from D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood.

Work To Erase Radio Dead Zones In Metro Tunnels To Take Years

The transit system is ready to award contracts to improve its underground emergency radio infrastructure. The work will be a major project, and a necessary one, officials say.

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After L'Enfant Incident, Metro Releases Safety Video

A new safety video produced by Metro tells passengers what and what not to do in the event of an incident like January's deadly electrical malfunction that filled a Yellow Line train at L'Enfant Plaza with smoke.

Bowser Pick For Metro Board Seeks Peace With Transit Worker Union

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s appointee to represent the District on Metro’s board of directors is reaching out to the transit authority’s largest labor union in a bid to answer questions about his business background amid accusations of anti-labor bias.

Proposal Would Apply Maryland Sales Tax To Online Hotel Bookings

A bill making its way through Maryland's General Assembly would apply the state sales tax to hotel bookings made through sites like Orbitz and Travelocity, but will the anti-tax Republican governor sign off on it?

Virginia Democrats Scramble To Vie For Last-Minute Opening In General Assembly

A last-minute decision by Virginia Del. Rob Krupicka to quit the General Assembly to focus on his doughtnut business left local Democrats scrambling to file paperwork for the upcoming primary election for the seat.

In Maryland, Immigrant Youth Bind Books To Heal Trauma Of Leaving Home

An innovative program in Montgomery County — and a museum exhibit showing off the results — is allowing new Central American immigrants in Maryland to tell the stories of what made them leave their homelands.

Sex, Stigma, And God: On Being Black And HIV Positive In D.C.

We explore why black men in D.C. become infected with HIV at higher rates than their white counterparts.

This Week On Metro Connection: Perseverance

From the D.C. Jail to the tiniest town in Maryland, we'll trek across our region in pursuit of "Perseverence."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With Sales Still Illegal, D.C. Takes Different Tack On Legal Pot: Giving It Away

Hundreds of people lined up outside a D.C. bar on Thursday afternoon for what is the first hint of the reality of legal marijuana in the nation's capital: a marijuana seed exchange.

Metro's Long-Awaited New Railcars To Make April Debut On Blue Line

After years of anticipation and months of safety testing, Metro finally is ready to roll out its new railcars — and begin the long process of replacing old railcars that cause so many daily breakdowns.

Rubio Sponsors Senate Bill Shooting Down D.C. Gun Laws

Potential Republican presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) has introduced a bill that would undo the District's gun laws and largely restrict the ability of city legislators to pass future laws restricting gun ownership.

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