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Monday, October 5, 2015

Inside The Fast-Cash World Of Virginia Car-Title Lenders

Part 1 of "The Debt Trap," reporter Michael Pope's series on the car-title lending industry in Virginia: The state cracked down on payday lenders in 2009, but critics say the industry that's cropped up to replace them is just as predatory.

Can Metro Find The Next Richard Ravitch?

In the early '80s, he approached New York's subway problems with a strong will, a skill for talking to politicians, a deep concern for ordinary riders and desire to learn the nuts and bolts of the system.

Tension Over Funding Marked For 'High Needs' Schools In Montgomery County

A report prompted by the county Council has left the School Board on the defensive about $50 million in funding.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Maryland Activists Call For Policing Reforms

Monday night, a group of activists plan to ask lawmakers to sign on to a list of priorities they say are key to improving police accountability when there's misconduct.

Invasive Insect Could Wreak Havoc On U.S. Tomato Crop

A virginia tech plant pathologist says it's time to implement quarantine measures on tomatoes being imported from other countries where the South American Tomato Leafminer has already taken hold.

Friday, October 2, 2015

U Street Alley Named After D.C. Blues Legend Nap Turner

A Northwest D.C. alleyway has just been named after Nap Turner, a beloved D.C. musician and radio host who died in 2004.

With Gillespie Announcement, Virginia 2017 Governor Race Already Taking Shape

Already tired of politics in 2016? Well, get ready for the politics of 2017, because Virginia's race for governor appears to have an early start.

Metro Could Have New Leader In November, Says D.C. Legislator

"We hope to get this wrapped up in early to mid-November," says D.C. Council member Jack Evans, one of four board members overseeing the process of finding a new general manager for Metro.

Hurricane Joaquin's Cone Bends Eastward; Weekend Will Still Begin Wet

Heavy rainfall is possible Friday into at least the first half of Saturday. Ian Livingston of the Capital Weather Gang says the center of Hurricane Joaquin, however, is favored to stay well to the east of the mid-Atlantic region.

'A Terrible Day' — 9 Killed By Gunman In Oregon Town

At least nine people were killed by the gunman and one witness said the attacker demanded to know students' religion before shooting them on Thursday, the fourth day of class at Umpqua Community College.

Following Charter Schools' Lead, One D.C. Public School Adopts Longer Year

Raymond Education Campus in Petworth is the first D.C. public school to try an extended school year, keeping students in school for 200 days instead of the traditional 180 days.

This Week On Metro Connection: Oct. 2, 2015

We'll find out why D.C. is selling off some of its public housing -- in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. We'll hear from commuters who are so fed up with service disruptions and delays, they say they're quitting Metro. Plus, we'll talk with people who say they've been victims of predatory car-title lending in Virginia.

Should D.C. Change Its Fiscal Year? It's 'Infinitely Simple,' or 'Very Complicated'

After being under the federal government's financial thumb for so long, Washington, D.C., soon could move closer to financial autonomy, by being allowed to move away from the feds' October-September fiscal year. But is gaining that measure of freedom worth the tens of millions of dollars the change could cost?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

D.C. Moves To Obtain Stadium Land Using Eminent Domain

Under a deal with D.C. United, the District needs to acquire land needed to build a soccer stadium. But it appears that negotiations with the landholder aren't going well, because Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration has filed to take the land using eminent domain.

New Arlington County Homeless Shelter To Offer More Than A Place To Sleep

Arlington County has invested millions in the facility, called the Arlington Homeless Services Center. The center says it offers a range of services under one roof.