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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Alleged Secret Service Drunk Driving Incident Prompts Search For Answers

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding answers after two Secret Service agents allegedly hit a barricade at the White House while drunk and disrupted an active bomb investigation.

Maryland Senate Moves On Bill Expanding Voting Rights For Felons

A bill from Baltimore Democrat Joan Carter Conway would allow felons who are out of prison, but still on parole or probation, the ability to register to vote.

On I-66 Inside The Beltway, Tolls First, More Lanes Later (Maybe)

In 2017, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to have EZ Pass only toll lanes awaiting commuters, but only during morning and afternoon rush hour.

As Part Of New Budget, D.C. To Open Four New Schools, Shrink Central Office

Under the new D.C. public school budget, four schools will be opened, the central office will shrink, at-risk students will get more funding, and one school will extend its school year.

Organ Donor Signups Would Be Expanded Under Maryland Lawmaker's Bill

When you get your will or your marriage license — those would be some of the potential ways to sign up for organ donation under the legislation in the General Assembly.

Friday, March 13, 2015

This Week On Metro Connection: Hall Of Fame

It's a show chock-full of favorite stories from the past few months -- from the tale of a nearly-forgotten figure in local history, to a jam session featuring a 15th-century musical instrument.

Skateboarding: Not Just For Teens, At Least in D.C. (Originally Broadcast 01-23-2015)

Skate parks are no longer an uncommon sight in our region. But the people using them aren't just in their teens and twenties.

What Happens to Animals Struck and Killed by Cars? In Virginia, The Answer May Surprise You (Originally Broadcast 01-23-2015)

Virginia has launched a program that turns some of the many animals killed on its highways each year into mulch.

Remembering the Man Who Led One Of Our Nation's First Civil Rights Protests (Originally Broadcast 10-03-2014)

We'll hear the tale of the first known nonviolent sit-in of the Civil Rights Movement, coordinated by an African American attorney named Samuel Wilbert Tucker.

Local Fans Stay Loyal to 15th-Century Instrument, No Strings Attached (Originally Broadcast 12-12-2014)

The New York Times may have called the viol a "failed invention," but local devotees of the 15th-century instrument beg to differ.

Why Kicking a Heroin Habit Can Be Especially Hard in Rural Communities (Originally Broadcast 11-21-2014)

We'll explore heroin abuse and treatment in more rural corners of our region.

The Surprising Twists and Turns Of A Life Upended by World War II (Originally Broadcast 01-23-2015)

Margit Meissner had to leave behind everything she knew when the Nazis annexed Austria. The life she's lived since has been full of adventure.

Family Tree: From George Washington To The Black Heritage Museum Of Arlington (Originally Broadcast 10-10-2014)

The branches of the Syphax family tree extend back to our nation's founding, when ancestors worked at Mount Vernon and Arlington House.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Proposal Would Put Sexual Misconduct On Maryland Students' Official Transcripts

If students are suspended or expelled, or if they drop out because of a conviction of a sexual offense, it would be included on their official transcript under a bill being pushed by Montgomery County Del. Maricé Morales.

Herndon Moves Its Town Council Election To November Amid Disagreement

Voters in Herndon, Virginia, will be choosing their town council members in November rather than May. But that's despite the General Assembly rejecting that proposal last month.