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Friday, November 9, 2012

Ambassador Represents World's Newest Nation In D.C.

We meet the ambassador for the world's newest nation, South Sudan, which celebrated the first anniversary of its independence in July.

A New Future For Baltimore Harbor?

Environmentalists want to "re-green" Baltimore's Inner Harbor with floating wetlands made in part from trash.

Former Nun Finds Her Stride As Mom, Businesswoman

Grace Steckler joined a convent at 18 — but left at 30 after realizing her chosen path wasn't right for her.

D.C. Juvenile Offender Seeks A Clean Slate

We meet a teen who was just released from the District's juvenile detention center, and says he's fed up with "gangster life."

Injured Va. Teen Works To Walk Again

Nick Balenger is a star baseball player at Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Va. But everything in his life changed after he suffered a serious spinal cord injury.

Advocates Strive To Get Homeless Veterans Into Homes

More than 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night in the U.S., but a national program that began in D.C. is working to get them off the streets.

Election Over, Inaugural Planning Ramps Up

Now that the campaigning has concluded, Washington is gearing up for the inauguration — an event that takes nearly three years of planning.

This Week On Metro Connection: New Beginnings

With the election now behind us, we'll bring you a show all about "New Beginnings" — from the political to the personal to the environmental.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

As Fiscal Cliff Looms, Gap On Tax Policy Remains

Both congressional leaders held press conferences the day after Election Day pledging to work together to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff" — but their statements showed there is still quite a way to go to reach agreement.

Delaney Cites Wins Throughout District To Counter Redistricting Criticism

Despite Maryland's controversial 6th redistricting, the newly elected Democratic John Delaney says he feels he represents the entire region.

Montgomery County Council To Discuss Drug Issues In Schools

Montgomery County officials are looking to address rising drug issues in the county's schools, and three county council committees will hold a joint hearing today to discuss the problem.

One Year In, ICC Critic Says Traffic Volumes Prove His Point

The Inter-County Connector highway in Montgomery County is about to celebrate its anniversary, but one year after its opening, critics of the road who fought its construction still believe it is unnecessary. 

D.C. Charter School Rankings Show 20 Schools 'High Performing'

The D.C. Public Charter School board has released its school performance rankings for 2012, and 20 of its 57 schools are considered high-ranking. Nine schools fell into the lowest performance category.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Redistricting In Review: Delaney 'Comfortable' With 6th District Victory In Maryland

Maryland voters approved the redrawn map for the state's 6th district on Election Day. They also unseated 10-term congressman Roscoe Bartlett, and Democrat John Delaney says he's ready to unify the district.

Gov. McDonnell Not Concerned About Polling Problems

Long lines snagged many polling locations in Virginia on Election Day, some lasting long after polls officially closed at 7 p.m., but the governor of the commonwealth says he won't rush to address the problem before a review.