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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jack Evans Elected Chair Of Metro Board In Unanimous Vote

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), an infrequent Metro rider, has been tapped to head the transit system’s governing body, as expected.

First Deadlines Loom Over Metro To Fix Bus And Rail Safety Problems

The region's transit agency says it will meet the first of more than 70 deadlines to comply with federal safety findings, including a requirement to establish a policy banning the distracting use of cell phones and other mobile devices in its Rail Operations Control Center.

Virginia's Charter School Amendment Is Prepped For Round Two In Assembly

An amendment to the state Constitution to make it much easier to create charter schools is expected to take its second big step forward during this session of the General Assembly.

Why Are There 'So Many Sirens' In D.C.?

A newcomer to D.C. noticed that the piercing wail of sirens seemed to be more prevalent here than other cities. In WAMU's second What's With Washington story, reporter Matthew Schwartz explores whether the newcomer is onto something. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Virginia Car-Title Compromise Remains A Work In Progress

Two days after Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw outlined a deal he brokered with two car-title lenders that would allow the industry to avoid a regulatory crackdown, several key details have yet to be worked out.

Largest-Ever Exhibit Of Bronze Statues Visits D.C.

"Power and Pathos," on view now at the National Gallery of Art, tries to duplicate the ancient experience of being surrounded by bronze statues.

Ban On Pot Clubs In D.C. Moves Forward, But Legalization Advocates Pledge Fight

A D.C. Council committee on Wednesday narrowly gave approval to a bill that would permanently ban private pot clubs in the District, dealing a setback to activists hoping to ease restrictions on where they can use marijuana in the city.

Few U.S. Neighborhoods Affordable, Walkable With Good Schools

Few neighborhoods can match the perks of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. a reality that reflects a broader problem for the U.S. housing market.

Virginia Considers Allowing Internet Loans, But Critics Fear Predatory Activity

Fresh on the heels of a debate about car-title lending, Virginia lawmakers are considering an effort to legalize Internet lending, potentially opening the door for companies from across the world to offer loans at unlimited interest rates to Virginians.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

As Transit Agency Struggles, Politically Divided Metro Board To Elect New Leader

As 2016 unfolds, questions loom over whether the various personalities and parochial interests will prevent the members of Metro's Board of Directors from reaching consensus on key issues.

Future Of Virginia State Supreme Court Justice Remains Uncertain

Will Justice Jane Roush remain on the Virginia Supreme Court this year? Or will she be forced off the bench by Republicans, who say Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe failed to consult them?

Many Area Museums Remain Closed After Blizzard

Several Smithsonian museums in Washington and the National Zoo remain closed after shutting down for the snow storm on Friday.

Reform Efforts Stall As Virginia Car-Title Lenders Promise To Clean Up Their Ways

Two car-title lenders in Virginia have promised to stop using a loophole that allows them to charge unlimited interest, and some lawmakers are taking them at their word, halting efforts at regulation.

Who Were The Economic Winners And Losers During Snowzilla?

Early estimates say the costs for the nor'easter over the weekend could be as much as $1 billion, but while local governments and some local businesses were hurting, surely somebody was making out well from all this snow?

No Business Like Snow Business: For D.C. Theaters, Big Storms Can Mean Big Losses

In the world of performing arts, winter storms — like the blizzard that gripped much of the East Coast last weekend — can be financially taxing.