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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In Wake Of Navy Yard Shooting, Mayor Gray Points To Virginia Gun Laws

Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis purchased the shotgun he used in Monday's attack in Lorton, Va., drawing criticism from D.C.'s mayor for the ease with which it was acquired.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Who Gets Security Clearances And Why?

Monday's violence at the Washington Navy Yard prompted many questions about how the suspected shooter, Aaron Alexis, was able to get the security clearance to enter the installation. Kojo talks with experts about the background checks required for government security clearances and explores why an individual like the alleged shooter may have passed the test.

D.C. Among Top Cities For Energy Efficiency In U.S.

Washington D.C. ranked a respectable seventh place out of the 34 most populous cities in the country in the area of energy efficiency, according to a new study.

Two Funds Created For Victims Of Navy Yard Shootings

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region announced today that it has created two funds in the wake of Monday's Navy Yard massacre that left 12 people and the gunman dead.

Bill To Legalize, Tax Marijuana Introduced In D.C. Council

A bill that would both legalize the possession of marijuana and establish a system for its regulation and sale has been formally introduced to the D.C. Council.

White House Shooter Pleads Guilty, Faces 27 Years In Prison

An Idaho man accused of firing shots at the White House in late 2011 has pleaded guilty.

Navy Yard Shootings

On Monday, September 16, a gunman walked into the Washington Navy Yard and killed 12 people, before being shot and killed by police. WAMU's coverage of the incident and the aftermath.

New Poll Finds McAuliffe and Cuccinelli In Statistical Dead Heat

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli are runing neck and neck in Virginia's gubernatorial race, and the winner may be determined by Libertarian contender Robert Sarvis.

Most D.C. Taxicabs Will Accept Credit Cards By October Deadline

Using plastic to pay for that credit card ride will finally be a reality in most of D.C.'s taxicabs by Oct. 1, according to the city's top cab regulator.

Navy Yard Shooter Reported Hearing Voices To Police In August

More information about Aaron Alexis, the alleged Navy Yard shooter, is emerging, including an August incident in which he reported hearing voices to police in Rhode Island.

Ahead Of Implementation Of Obamacare, Va. Faces Shortage Of Doctors

Virginia may not have the doctors needed to handle the influx of patients expected under the federal Affordable Care Act, according to a new report.

With Gun Control Measures Unlikely, Congress Turns Focus To Contractors

Congress won't likely debate any new gun control measures in the wake of the Navy Yard shootings, but legislators are looking into the type of access granted to contractors.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Coordinating Police Response To Navy Yard Shooting

A federal emergency management expert talks about why workers at Navy Yard were instructed to shelter in plce instead of fleeing and whether military installations are uniquely prepared to handle a situation like this.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray & Council Member Tommy Wells On Navy Yard Aftermath

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells talk about the district's ongoing response to the Navy Yard shootings.

The Diane Rehm Show: Gun Violence And The Debate Over Gun Control Legislation

Guest host Steve Roberts and a panel of experts discussed the problem of gun violence nationwide in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting.