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Friday, February 15, 2013

This Week On Metro Connection: Chemistry

In honor of Valentine's Day, we devote this week's show to the complex, often mysterious realm of "Chemistry" — from the science lab to the dating scene.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Maryland On Track To Implement Health Care Reform By 2014

Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown went before state lawmakers this week to outline his plans to implement federal health care reform.

Virginia House Beats Senate In Annual Basketball Game

One Virginia House member took to the floor in Richmond yesterday to gloat that the House's basketball team beat the Senate's team in an annual friendly grudge match.

Need A Valentine? Sheriff Gary Has You Covered

The Queen Anne's County Sheriff in Maryland is using an unconventional Valentine's Day Youtube message to try to solicit information on some of the county's most wanted suspects. 

D.C. Taxi Commission Calls For Red Cab Fleet

The D.C. Taxicab Commission wants the city to scrap the multi-color taxi painting schemes introduced last year in favor of one simple color: red. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

D.C. Charter Schools Adopt Common Deadlines

Most D.C. public charter schools have decided to adopt common deadlines for aspiring applicants, a common sense move that was nonetheless a long time coming.

MWAA Board Targeted Pro-Labor Members In Silver Line Struggle

A former member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board says the agency's leaders were actively involved in the political manuevering that led to the removal of two pro-labor colleagues.

O'Malley Starts Third Push For Wind Power Expansion

The exploration of offshore wind power continues to be a legislative priority for Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, and this year, it appears that the obstacles to its passage may finally be cleared away.

Virginia Senate Passes Heavily-Amended Transportation Funding Bill

The Virginia State Senate reinstated the state gas tax in an amended transportation funding plan passed Wednesday, setting up high-level negotiations on the issue in the coming weeks.

Virginia Union Membership Nearing 30-Year Lows

Union membership in Virginia continued its decades-long decline, tracking, but well below, union membership nationwide.

Analysis: State Of The Union Signals For Federal Workforce

The State of the Union address and the Republican response sent strong signals about the major parties' stance on government spending and sequester cuts, as Government Executive's Tom Shoop explains.

Episcopal Churches Bring 'Ashes To Go' To Commuters

Many observant Christians are just too busy with work to go to church on Ash Wednesday, so the church went to them Wednesday morning with a program they're calling "Ashes To Go."

Virginia Senate Panel Rewrites Governor's Transportation Plan

Things still aren't looking good for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed transportation plan; a Senate committee rewrote the proposal this week into a version that is unlikely to pass muter in the House.

UMD Holds Vigil For Slain Students

Maryland students and others in the UMD and College Park communities gathered on campus for a service and a candlelight vigil in the wake of a murder suicide killed two and left another student injured.

Person Struck, Killed By Metro Train At Gallery Place

Metro is experiencing delays on the Green and Yellow lines this morning after a person was struck and killed by a train at the Gallery Place/Chinatown station. Trains are single tracking between L'Enfant Plaza and Mt. Vernon Square.