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Friday, April 11, 2014

Archaeologists Hope Dig Will Unearth Baltimore's Forgotten History

Preservationists in Baltimore are working to unearth forgotten history from the War of 1812, with an archeological dig starting later this month.

This Week On Metro Connection: Origins

We're going back to square one, turning back the hands of time, and getting at the root of the matter with a show we're calling "Origins."

Moving The Synagogue... Again: A New Museum For D.C.'s Jewish Community

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is planning a new museum that will bring the story of Washington's Jewish community to life.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Mikulski Doubles Down On Wage Gap Bill After It's Blocked In Senate

A bill to shrink the wage gap between genders was blocked by Senate Republicans this week, but Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says she won't let that stop her.

Slew Of Transportation Changes Passed In Maryland Legislative Session

From fines for traffic camera operators to new regulations for scooters, Maryland lawmakers were busy tweaking the way things work on state roadways this legislative session.

Ralph Northam To Head Virginia Mental Health Task Force

A task force on mental health issues in Virginia started in the wake of the suicide of a state senator is now headed by the state's Democratic lieutenant governor.

Obama Administration Faces Tough Sell On Transportation Spending

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is planning a national bus tour to raise the profile of a plan to raise more funds for the sagging transportation infrastructure across the country.

D.C. Area Leaders Glean Lessons From Elk River Chemical Spill

The chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River has put the District's water security into relief at a meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On Wage Gap, Sen. Mikulski Doesn't Mince Words

The U.S. senator from Maryland says Congress must do more on the wage gap between men and women.

High Turnover On Tap For Maryland Legislature

It's an election year, and a changing of the guard is likely for Maryland's House and Senate.

Gray On Departures: 'We Have A Pretty Good Bench'

Speaking only days after two agency heads announced their departure, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray sought to tamp down on any concerns that his loss in the April 1 primary would halt work in the last nine months of his term.

Analysis: The Latest On Maryland's Beleaguered Health Exchange

Maryland was forced to scrap its health exchange website after it was beset with problems, and as National Journal's Sam Baker explains, the state is trying to catch up.

D.C. Mayoral Contenders Respond To Proposed School Boundary Changes

A number of D.C. legislators — including two running for mayor — have started weighing in on a controversial process to change the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns.

Park Services Donates 3,300 Pounds Of Venison From Rock Creek Deer Cull

As a result of Rock Creek Park’s deer cull, the National Park Service says it has donated 3,300 pounds of venison to D.C. Central Kitchen to help people in need.