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Thursday, March 10, 2016

For Those Who Do An About-Face Beyond Metro's Gates, A Refund Is Coming

Metro is solving one of riders’ biggest pet peeves.

Brain Injuries And 'Piece Of Mind' With Author Michelle Adelman

Author Michelle Adelman talks about her book "Piece Of Mind" with The Kojo Nnamdi Show's Ruth Tam, drawing on her personal experiences with her sisters' traumatic brain injuries.

Baltimore Police To Start Wearing Body Cameras In May

Officials say the city is finalizing a $11.6 million contract with Taser International that includes 2,500 cameras and storage.

For D.C. Republican Presidential Primary Saturday, Voters Possess Outsized Sway

Just 10,000 voters are expected to turn out to the D.C. Republican presidential primary on Saturday to decide which presidential candidate will get the District's 19 delegates.

Metro's Latest 'Vital Signs' Report Full Of Familiar Failures

The latest self-assessment from Metro is out and the data will not surprise anyone who has spent time waiting for trains or buses in the D.C. region.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Adding 'How Not To Get Shot' To Driver's Education Is Maryland Senator's Goal

Driver's education classes would teach students what to do and how to react if a police officer pulls them over under a bill making its way through the General Assembly.

Cuccinelli No Longer In Consideration For Virginia Supreme Court

Republicans had proposed putting former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on the state's highest court on Tuesday after the General Assembly rejected their other pick, but Cuccinelli withdrew his name.

Can D.C. Taxis Compete With Uber? Regulators Consider Major Deregulation

D.C. regulators are unveiling a proposal for a pilot program to help District cabbies compete with services like Uber in the digitally-dispatched space, while also reducing the barriers to becoming a driver.

Hogan's Popularity Continues To Climb In Maryland As He Shirks Presidential Politics

A new poll shows Marylanders continue to approve of the job their governor is doing, despite opposition he's running into with Democrats over taxes and spending.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sweet Relief! Metro Announces Break In Weekend Track Work For Cherry Blossoms

For five brief weeks, Metro will be without track work as D.C. gets its annual influx of Cherry Blossom Festival tourists.

Arlington Residents Turn Up To Debate I-66 Expansion, But VDOT Was Talking Tolls

There was something of a disconnect at a VDOT hearing on I-66 inside the Beltway Monday night — officials talked tolls while residents seemed to show up more to oppose expansion plans.

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.