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Friday, May 15, 2015

Low Turnout Expected In Virginia's June Primary

A new analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project shows that only 8 percent of registered voters participate in General Assembly primaries.

Better Bicycling Information May Be On The Way From D.C. DMV

Drivers in D.C. may soon be getting a little more in the mail from the DMV: The agency is planning to work with cycling organizations to get out information about bike safety.

D.C. Premiere Of 'Sila: The Breath Of The World' Combines Music And The Outdoors

Whispers and laughter carry over the horns that dot the landscape at D.C.'s Meridian Hill Park. Usually, you don't talk during a performance, and you certainly don't walk your dog. But at the D.C. premiere of "Sila: The Breath of the World," casual attitudes are welcome.

Safety On The Rails Faces Funding And Technical Hurdles After Amtrak Disaster

In the wake of the Amtrak derailment that killed 8 and injured hundreds, debate rages over what — if anything — could have been done to prevent it.

Koreans Help Drive Dramatic Growth In Fairfax County's Asian Population

Fairfax County's Korean community boasts three daily newspapers, its own television channel, and growing political influence.

Montgomery County School Board Finds 'Preferred' Candidate For Superintendent

Dr. Andrew Houlihan, currently the chief academic officer for the Houston Independent School District in Texas, is the Montgomery County Board of Education's preferred pick to the be the school system's next superintendent.

Jewish And Muslim Communities Pursue An Interfaith Partnership In Fairfax County

We'll visit a synagogue where Jews and Muslims are sharing much more than just space.

This Week On Metro Connection: Fairfax County

We'll take an audio tour of Virginia's most heavily-populated county, and meet some of the 1.1 million people who call it home.

The Georgelas Family: Three Generations Of Building Fairfax County

John Georgelas built his first home in 1963 from a kit ordered through a catalog. More than 50 years later, his family is playing a major role in the redevelopment  of Tyson's Corner.

How Has Fairfax County's Rapid Growth Affected The Environment?

Decades of development have been good for the bottom line, but conservation groups are concerned about what has been done to local watersheds.

Fairfax County's Economy, Long Driven By Uncle Sam, Seeks A New Engine

The county is chock full of empty office space, due to a reduction in spending by the federal government, leaving local officials seeking ways to make up the difference.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On Fairfax County Board Of Supervisors, Mount Vernon Seat Hotly Contested

The Mount Vernon District of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is up for grabs this year. Longtime Supervisor Gerry Hyland is retiring, opening the seat for the first time in a generation.

Airbnb Users Won't Be Able To Escape MoCo Hotel Taxes For Much Longer

Much like D.C., Montgomery County will start collecting hotel taxes on bookings made through Airbnb, the service that lets homeowners rent out a room or property.

D.C. Legislators Add Money For Illegal-Construction Inspectors

In the wake of a WAMU report on house-flipping, three D.C. legislators have set aside money for the city to hire two new illegal-construction inspectors.

Republicans And Democrats Again Feud Over D.C. School Voucher Program

A House committee traveled to a Catholic school in Northeast D.C. on Thursday to debate a controversial program that offers low-income students in D.C. federally funded vouchers to attend private schools.