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Monday, May 2, 2016

Metro Safety Culture Lacking For More Than 30 Years: NTSB

Metro has not addressed safety issues first exposed by a federal investigation back in 1982. The full NTSB report will be released Tuesday.

Republicans Plan Lawsuit Against Restoration Of Voting Rights For Va. Felons

GOP lawmakers in Virginia say they plan to challenge Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's action allowing more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November.

D.C. Wants To Become The 51st State. And Here's How It Plans On Going About It.

D.C. officials say they will petition Congress to admit the city to the union as the 51st state, a process that will involve holding a constitutional convention and referendum.

D.C. Busts Cab Companies For Using Salvaged Cabs With Falsified Odometers

Six cab companies have been shut down by regulators for allegedly using old vehicles with odometers rolled back hundreds of thousands of miles.

CSX Derailment Affects Commuter Train Service Into Washington

As many as 15 CSX freight cars skittered off the tracks on Sunday, causing a ripple effect on MARC service on Monday.

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.