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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

With Execution Drugs Scarce, Virginia Pols Approve Renewed Use Of Electric Chair

The Virginia Senate passed a bill Monday that would force death row inmates into the electric chair if lethal injection drugs — of which there is currently a shortage — are unavailable.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Judge Sides With D.C. In Ongoing Court Battle Over Concealed-Carry Law

The year-long legal battle over the fate of the District's concealed-carry law took another turn on Monday, when a federal judge preliminarily upheld the city's restrictive regulations on who can qualify for a permit to carry a handgun.

New Metro Boss Promises Focus On 'Nuts And Bolts' To Win Back Commuters

General Manager Paul Wiedefeld outlined a broad agenda in his first major remarks since taking the job in November, promising to improve rail service for customers and create transparency across the troubled transit authority.

The Reality And Legacy Of China’s ‘One Child’ Policy With Journalist Mei Fong

What's next for China in the wake of the one child policy? The Kojo Nnamdi Show producer Tayla Burney talked with author Mei Fong about the prospects at a recent event at Politics & Prose.

Among Metro's 'Hard Truths' Are Silver Line Problems With No Easy Fix

There have been ripple effects across the Metro system since the Silver Line opened in 2014. From Blue Line crowding to a bottleneck in the Rosslyn tunnel, these issues appear intractable.

McAuliffe Backs Off On FOIA Bill, Hopes Virginia Lawmakers Will Still Keep Death Chamber Secret

Should the state government have the ability to redact whole documents which contain exempt information? Virginia lawmakers have responded emphatically in the negative, and now the governor is backing off plans to amend that bill.

Friday, March 4, 2016

D.C. Murder Rate Returning To Pre-2015 Levels, Police Chief Says

After last year's spike in homicides, killings in D.C. are back down to a more familiar level so far this year, Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday.

No Doctor Signoff Required To Change Birth Certificate Under Maryland Transgender Bill

The legislation would allow people who were born in Maryland to make the change on their birth certificates without involving a doctor.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Censorship Or Common Sense? Bill On Sexually Explicit Books Heads To McAuliffe

It all started when a Fairfax County teacher assigned Toni Morrison's Beloved. That led a parent to approach her member of the House of Delegates, Republican Dave Albo of Springfield.

LISTEN: The Science Of Snowfall In March, As Explained By The Capital Weather Gang

With the D.C. area set for some snow on Thursday night, Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang talks about what's different for winter storms in March.

Sponsor Of Maryland 'Death With Dignity' Bill Runs Out Of Options

Legislation to allow terminally ill patients to take their own lives has stalled in the Maryland General Assembly for a second straight year, and lawmakers might not consider the issue again anytime soon.

Public Vote On $15 Minimum Wage In D.C. Remains In Legal Limbo

An effort to have D.C. residents vote whether the city should raise its minimum wage to $15 remained in legal limbo after a court hearing on Thursday, eating into the time that proponents need to collect the necessary signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

Why McAuliffe Is At Odds With The Virginia General Assembly On FOIA

A bill aimed at tweaking the commonwealth's Freedom of Information Act to make the state better at transparency has bipartisan support that is rare in the state. We look at why the governor is making changes.

Are Music Audiences In D.C. More Subdued Than Others?

Some say music audiences in D.C. seem less energetic than those in other places. Is this true? And if so, why? It's our latest question asked by WAMU listeners as part of What's With Washington.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LISTEN: What's Next For The Proposed Pepco-Exelon Deal

WAMU 88.5 reporter Patrick Madden talks with All Things Considered host Jonathan Wilson about what took the proposed Pepco-Exelon merger off track, and what might be ahead for the deal between the two power companies.