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Friday, April 3, 2015

Virginia Urged To Scrap Troublesome Touchscreen Voting Machines

A new report from the Virginia Department of Elections advises the commonwealth to replace all of its touchscreen voting machines, which have suffered from technical mishaps that could imperil the voting process.

With Marijuana Decriminalized, Maryland Legislators Tweak Other Pot Laws

Maryland's General Assembly passed a marijuana decriminalization law last year, but that has meant a lot of extra work tweaking related laws this year to ensure that the state's pot laws are consistent.

This Week on Metro Connection: Commitment

We'll meet Washingtonians with a singular devotion to work, and a passionate dedication to play, as we bring you tales of duty and dedication.

Virginia Ballroom Dancers Twirl Their Way To The Top

We take a spin around the dance floor with Rose-Ann and Mike Lynch of Fredericksburg, Va., retired Marines who've become ballroom dancing.

One Teacher's Journey Through The Challenges Of A High-Risk School

We'll hear from a high-achieving DCPS teacher who says she's struggling with burnout after eight years on the job.

After Nearly 40 Years, U.S. Senate Historian Prepares To Retire

Donald Ritchie, the historian of the U.S. Senate, is retiring after nearly 40 years on the job.

D.C. Soccer Pro Sacrifices To Pursue The Sport She Loves

As a member of D.C.'s professional women's soccer team, Joanna Lohman says despite being tough on the body and on the bottom line, her job is still rewarding.

Fishing Versus Farming: Aquaculture And The Future Of Chesapeake Bay Oysters

Maryland's oyster trade is evolving as more watermen give up "hand tonging" and move into aquaculture.

Whatever Happened To Herb From Peaches & Herb? He's Been Here In D.C. All Along

Herb Feemster is a security officer in D.C. now. But back in the day, he had a string of hits as part of Peaches & Herb.

Clips: Eddie's Hair Creations Booming Even As Adams Morgan Changes

In our ongoing series on D.C.'s barber shops, we visit Eddie's Hair Creations, whose owner dreams of moving back to Ghana to open his native country's first barber school.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Q&A: D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine

The District's first elected Attorney General, Karl Racine, joined us to discuss his plans to take his funding request to the D.C. Council, as well as budget autonomy in D.C., his thoughts on the city's ban on Indiana travel and of course, marijuana legalization.

Less-Stringent Fracking Bill Could Pass In Maryland Senate

One controversial proposal in the Maryland General Assembly is moving forward much to the delight of ralliers today, while another is done for this year.

To Pay For Homeless Services And Metro, Bowser Proposes Tax Hikes

As part of her 2016 budget, Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed targeted tax increases to help fund homeless services and the city's payment to Metro.

ISIS Highlights Virginia State Lawmaker As 'Enemy'

In an online magazine that the terrorist organization uses for propaganda and recruitment, state Sen. Richard Black is featured in a section called "In the Words of the Enemy."

Politics Overshadows Debate Over Bi-County Parkway In Virginia

At a church outside the Manassas battlefield, opponents of a planned four-lane highway say the state Department of Transportation needs to take a firm and final stance on whether the project is dead.