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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Anne Arundel Man Drowns, As Laurel Officials Eye Flood Waters

One person drowned during flooding, as officials in Laurel, Md., are evacuating several hundred people in response to Wednesday night's storm , which overwhelmed area waterways.

Calling All Actors, Artists, Writers, Musicians, Curators, Musicians, Producers and Directors!

WAMU invites members of the arts community to share recommendations for stories, events and trends from across the Washington region.

Maryland Health Officials Waited To Notify Public Of Meningitis Cause

Maryland health officials held off for a week before notifying the public of the likely cause of a meningitis outbreak in the state, AP reports.

DREAM Act Passes In Virginia House Committee

A DREAM Act bill in Virginia has failed in a state senate committee. The vote was a blow to immigrant advocates who just yesterday celebrated a House committee passing the bill.

Virginia House Committee Passes McDonnell's Transportation Plan

A transportation funding overhaul in Virginia got the approve of the State House Finance Committee Wednesday; the plan to eliminate the state's gas tax and increase sales tax now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

Marion Barry Proposes Using Budget Surplus On Disadvantage

A D.C. council member is trying to force the city to use $100 million of a budget surplus on services for disadvantaged residents.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Ravens Fever Builds In Baltimore

Ardent Baltimore Ravens fans are gearing up for Sunday's big game, and are preparing to let go of their most beloved player.

Howard Students Broach Tough Topics With 'Birthday Suit' Project

Next week, Howard University students will gather for "Birthday Suit," an annual event designed to hit on tough topics.

D.C. Family Launches Experiment In Tech-Free Living

We meet a D.C. woman who's got her sons on a tech-free diet — and says it's bringing everyone closer together.

Door To Door: NOMA, D.C. and Arlandria, Va.

This week we visit Arlandria, Va. and D.C.'s NOMA neighborhood.

Debating The Pros And Cons Of 'Fracking'

Hydraulic fracturing — also known as fracking — is a source of heated debate all over the nation, including in Maryland and Virginia this legislative season.

Spingarn High Students, Alums Brace For School's Closure

We'll talk with students past and present at D.C.'s Spingarn High School about how they'll say goodbye to the school when it closes at the end of this academic year.

On The Coast: Kicking A Heroin Habit, And Helping Others Do the Same

As officials try to get a handle on a recent uptick in heroin use on Maryland's Eastern Shore, we hear from a local man who used the drug for years, and finally beat his addiction.

Coping With The Loss Of A Newborn Child

We talk about loss, grief, and letting go with a D.C. woman who lost one of her twin boys shortly after his birth.

This Week On Metro Connection: Letting Go

On this week's show, we'll meet people relinquishing all sorts of things — from a dangerous addiction, to an over-reliance on technology.