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Monday, April 6, 2015

Should Maryland Impose Statewide Regulations On Ride-Hailing Apps?

Some lawmakers in Maryland believe now is the time for the state to tackle regulations on ride-hailing apps like Uber before jurisdictions like Montgomery County go ahead and take action of their own.

PHOTOS: Touring Metro's New 7000-Series Railcars, Debuting Next Week

Prepare yourselves, Metro riders: the new 7000-series cars are debuting April 14, complete with the new railcar smell. Martin Di Caro gives us a photo/video tour.

Virginia Immigration Population Defies Stereotypes Amidst Debate On Deportation

While President Obama's plan to expand deferred action for undocumented immigrants has been held up in court for several months, experts have noted the economic contribution by Virginia's unusually diverse and education foreign-born population.

Alexandria To Take On Unprecedented Debt To Build Potomac Yard Metro Station

City leaders in Alexandria, Virginia, are pushing forward on a plan to finance a new Metro Station at Potomac Yard over the objections of some concerned with the unprecedented scale of the project.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Menendez Indictment Propels Maryland's Cardin To Leadership Post

Sometimes in politics, one person's loss is another person's gain. In this case, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin stands to inherent an important leadership post within the Democratic caucus.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Virginia 'Bans The Box,' Joining Movement Picking Up Steam In U.S.

Friday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered state agencies to remove questions about criminal histories from job applications. It's the latest in a movement that's been gaining traction nationwide.

Maryland Legislature Zeroes In On Powdered Alcohol

States across the country are racing to ban powdered alcohol, known as "palcohol," and Maryland is no different.

Wish Granted: U Street Will Shut Down For Funk Parade In May

D.C. will shut down U Street NW for the parade on May 2. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser made the announcement Friday morning.

New Virginia Law Creates Tax-Exempt Accounts For Care Of People With Disabilities

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the law he signed this week is modeled after the 529 college savings plan. It allows families to contribute up to $14,000 a year toward the savings account.

Bowser Commits Money For Modest Extension Of D.C. Streetcar Line

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is proposing that $335 million be spent over the next six years to extend the H Street streetcar line east to Ward 7 and west to Georgetown, but will not give a timeline for the project's completion.

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.

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.