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Friday, March 1, 2013

This Week on Metro Connection: Teamwork

From the workplace to the playing field, this week's show is all about teamwork.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Maryland Senate Passes Gun Control Bill

The state House will now get a crack at controversial legislation that includes measures to require fingerprints from those who purchase handguns.

Poor Road Conditions Cost Area Drivers $2,200 A Year

Crowded conditions and run-down roads hit area drivers where it hurts the most: their wallets.

Six Now Charged With Murder In Stabbing Death Of Olijawon Griffin

A total of six Maryland teenagers are now being charged as adults with the murder of 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin, killed in an altercation at the Woodley Park Metro station in November.

Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charges In Wikileaks Case

Before entering a so-called "naked plea," Army Pfc. and former intelligence analyst Bradley Manning said he leaked classified information to "spark a domestic debate"

Violence Against Women Act Reauthorized In House

After months of stalled efforts, House leaders have passed a measure that will protect women against violence and extends protections to the LGBT community.

Measures Targeting Black Market Make Your Smart Phone Safer

Smart phones are still the most popular target of robberies in the District, but Police Chief Cathy Lanier says cooperation with cell phone companies has helped to curb thefts.

Alexandria Police Officer Shot During Traffic Stop, In Critical Condition

A cab driver allegedly shot an officer in the head in a confrontation during a traffic stop in Old Town Wednesday, leaving him hospitalized.

Can Federal Workers In Arlington County Weather Another Tax Increase?

Arlington County residents have traditionally voted in favor of a safety net, but officials wonder whether workers can bear the burden amidst the combined effects of BRAC and sequestration.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kaine Breaks Senate Tradition By Addressing Chamber Earlier Than Usual

With sequestration looming, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine urged his colleagues on Wednesday to protect the state's defense industry. His speech broke unwritten Senate protocol as freshman lawmakers typically wait months before addressing their peers in the austere chamber.

Alexandria Police Officer Allegedly Shot By Cab Driver

The officer, who was riding his police motorcycle, was shot in the upper body after getting off the motorcycle.

Md. Senate Accepts Controversial Changes To Gun Control Legislation

A Maryland gun control measure continues to make its way through the state Senate, after a controversial amendment restricting guns to those committed for mental health issues was separated from the bill.

Maryland Public Service Commission Tells Utilities To Toughen Up

Officials in Maryland are urging power companies in the state to improve resiliency in their infrastructure to prevent widespread outages like those seen during the 2012 derecho storm.

Analysis: As Sequester Looms, Untangling The Web Of Federal Furloughs

The automatic federal budget cuts are expected to be messy, but as Tom Shoop of Government Executive explains, it becomes more complicated when the agency in charge of furlough appeals is itself subject to cuts.

Virginia To Crack Down On Texting While Driving

Fiddling with your phone may soon get you pulled over in Virginia, if legislation is approved by Gov. Bob McDonnell.