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Thursday, November 8, 2012

'Fiscal Cliff' Could Bring Budget Shortfalls For Regional Transportation

Regional leaders met at a Greater Washington Board of Trade conference Thursday, and while they're willing to work across borders, there is some concern that they are unable or unwilling to fill budget holes left by the "fiscal cliff."

Driving While Sleepy: Endemic In Young People, D.C. Drivers

Nearly one in three drivers in the D.C. area admitted to fighting to keep their eyes open while driving, just in the last month, according to a AAA survey.

Alleged 'East Coast Rapist' Scheduled To Plead Guilty

A man accused of the 2001 rape of a 41-year-old Northern Virginia woman is scheduled to plead guilty later this month.

D.C. Height Restrictions Subject Of New Study

Following calls from District leaders, the House has commissioned a study to explore the potential effects of relaxing the restriction on D.C. buildings that currently caps that at about 12 stories.

Tim Kaine Hopes To Find A Spirit Of Collaboration In Senate

U.S. Senator-elect Tim Kaine is hoping to evoke a spirit "true to the origin of the Senate" to get things done tackle some of the major challenges facing Congress, he said Wednesday.

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.

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.