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Friday, April 19, 2013

Yesterday's Dropouts: GED Program Is 'America's Largest High School'

In part two of our series on the long-term impacts of dropping out, we learn why the GED may not be a true second chance.

First Responders Receive Developmental Disability Training

People with developmental disabilities are more likely to come into contact with law enforcement. Scott Campbell is working to make sure officers keep them safe.

Maryland And Virginia Lawmakers Shift On Environmental Policy

With the Maryland and Virginia legislative sessions wrapped up for the year, we learn how lawmakers are changing environmental policy.

Kinship Community In Sandy Spring Continues Fight For Property Rights

Families in rural Montgomery County are trying to claim land they've owned for more than 100 years, but are deeds from the late 19th century sufficient today?

Boston Bombing Hits Close To Home

We hear from Washingtonians as they reflect on the attack at the Boston marathon.

This Week On Metro Connection: Law And Order

This week we explore the impact of rule makers and rule breakers on the D.C. area.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Military Court Rebuffs Request For Document Access In Wikileaks Case

Deciding on access to documents related to the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking U.S. secrets to the Wikileaks website, is not the purview of military courts, judges have decided.

No Silver Bullet To Addressing Traffic Congestion, Study Says

Smart land use policies, building bus rapid transit systems, and increasing high-occupancy toll lanes are all ways to curb traffic, but only if they are enacted in concert.

Families Of Newtown Victims Vow To Continue Gun Control Fight

An amendment to expand federal background checks for new gun purchases was shut down in the Senate yesterday, but while advocates felt the blow, they were resolute about continuing the fight.

Columbia Pike Streetcar Project Moving Forward Without Federal Funds

The federal government declined to fund the Columbia Pike Streetcar project in Arlington, but members of the county board say they are moving forward anyway, despite calls for a cheaper alternative in bus rapid transit.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Report Details Spending By MWAA Execs

Top MWAA officials all spent in excess of $10,000 of taxpayer money between 2011 and 2012 on expenses, according to a new report released.

McAuliffe Opens Financial Lead In Race For Virginia Governor

Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe has raised twice as much money as Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli, but experts say there may be extenuating circumstances.

Republican Patrick Mara Leads D.C. Council Candidates In Fundraising

The special election for D.C.'s vacant at-large council seat is just a week away, and Republican Patrick Mara leads the field both in money raised and money left in the coffers.

Where To See The Antares Rocket Launch In The D.C. Area

The launch of a test rocket from Wallops Island, Va., was scrubbed on Wednesday, but you still have a chance to watch the rescheduled launch on Friday.

Addressing Metro Safety After The Boston Marathon Bombing

Security has been increased in Washington D.C. following the explosions in Boston this week, but security experts say the odds of being injured by a terrorist attack are still infinitesimal.