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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.

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.

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.