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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Va. Supreme Court To Hold Special Session On Suit Against Felons' Voting Rights

A lawsuit that attempts to block more than 200,000 felons from voting this fall will be considered by the Virginia Supreme Court when it meets for a special session next month.

LISTEN: The 2016 Hurricane Outlook From The Capital Weather Gang

Is D.C. due for a tropical storm this summer? We talk about the Capital Weather Gang about their predictions for the hurricane season.

When It Comes To Long, Difficult Rehab Programs, Metro's Problems Aren't Unique

Much about the transit quandary in and around the nation's capital can seem singular, but in San Francisco, New York and elsewhere, riders are facing the same underinvestment, deferred maintenance, political and management decisions.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In New Budget, D.C. Government Pokes At Congress

Your move, Congress. That was the message the D.C. Council sent to Capitol Hill on Tuesday when it gave final approval to the city's 2017 budget.

With Final Vote, D.C. Moves To Close D.C. General Homeless Shelter

The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave final approval to Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to close the troubled D.C. General homeless shelter, replacing it with seven smaller facilities scattered across the city.

As SafeTrack Begins, Family Of Carol Glover Wonders What Could Have Been

When smoke filled a Metro car in January of 2015, it claimed the life of 61-year-old Carol Glover. Now more than 16 months later, her family is still feeling that loss acutely.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Two Transportation Bills Are Part Of Maryland Governor's Slate Of Vetoes

Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed five bills, including one concerning a bridge on U.S. 301, and another that would increase oversight of the state's transit agency.

Verizon, Unions Reach Deal In Principle For Four-Year Contract

About 39,000 landline and cable employees in nine eastern states and Washington, D.C., have been on strike since April. They had been working without a contract since last August.

Do The Roots Of Mental Health Issues Lie In Early Childhood?

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that many chronic mental and physical health problems have their roots in early childhood, when kids' brains are just developing. But what should parents, teachers, doctors look out for?

Introducing Capital Soundtrack, A New WAMU Music Project

What does Washington sound like? Capital Soundtrack, a new music project from WAMU 88.5, explores that question.

With 230,000 Flags, Arlington's Old Guard Honors The Military's Fallen

There's a flag at every headstone this weekend in Arlington National Cemetery. Placing them is one of the ceremonial traditions of the oldest active infantry regiment in the Army.

Metro's After-Midnight Rides Will Go On Hiatus After This Weekend

If you're a regular on Metro after midnight, it's time to scope out alternatives.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Presidents, First Ladies And 'The Extraordinary Life Of Mrs. Adams' With Louisa Thomas

The current presidential cycle is sensational in many ways, but also old hat for American politics in others. In one of our latest WAMU In Your Bookstore events, producer Tayla Burney talks elections with Louisa Thomas in the context of the life of First Lady Louisa Adams.

For Families Touched By Teen Suicide, Regrets And Calls For Greater Outreach

Every day thousands of adolescents try to commit suicide. For families that lose their children, the regrets and second-guessing never cease, but they say greater awareness and outreach in schools might save some lives.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

U.S. House Rejects D.C.'s Plans For Full Autonomy Over Budget

In a 240-179 vote, the Republican-led House passed a bill that would overturn efforts by the city to take control over how it spends its money. It's a largely symbolic move: The Senate and President Obama are unlikely to go along.