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Friday, April 17, 2015

Your Letters

We'll pass the microphone to listeners and read from their comments about the show.

Sen. Kaine: No Bi-County Parkway Without 'Community Consensus'

The Virginia Democrat says nobody is telling him that the controversial road project is a priority.

As Immigration Case Hits Crucial Step, Activists Push Forward With Agenda

In the D.C. area, thousands of undocumented immigrants are awaiting the outcome of a federal appeals court case. In the meantime, activists are holding clinics to help those families navigate their legal situations.

This Week On Metro Connection: The Three Rs

We'll get ready for Earth Day with a show about reducing, reusing, and recycling in the D.C. region.

Arlington's Discovery Elementary Being Built As First 'Net Zero' School In Virginia

Slated to open in September, Arlington's Discovery School will have 2,000 solar panels and a geothermal well field.

Maryland Startup Gobbles Greenhouse Gases With Algae

A local start-up is aiming to curb greenhouse gas emissions by capturing them and turning them into algae, which they can then turn around and sell for a tidy profit.

D.C. Attraction Boasts Specialty Gardens, Streams... And Sewage?

Supporters of the U.S. National Arboretum say raw sewage is flowing through the streams of the 446-acre D.C. attraction.

D.C. Farmers Prep For What They Say Is An Urban Agricultural Renaissance

A new law could change the landscape for urban agriculture in D.C.

D.C.'s Last, Best Stop For Electronic Junk And Household Gunk

Every Saturday, the Fort Totten Transfer Station is the place to unburden your home — and your conscience — of whatever doesn't seem to belong in the trash or recycling bins.

How DC Water Turns Poop Into Power

It might sound gross, but D.C. Water is discovering the raw power... of poop. They're even working on ways to sell it back to you.

How D.C. Is Turning A 'Pedestrian Dead-Zone' Into An Eco-Showcase

From brown and gray to bright green: 15 blocks of Southwest Washington are on their way to becoming a "high performance environmental showcase."

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fairfax County Takes New Steps Toward Combating Sexual Assault

Despite the retraction of the Rolling Stone article about a University of Virginia fraternity, elected officials across Virginia say they're becoming increasingly concerned about sexual assault on college campuses.

Marijuana Law In Maryland Gets Fleshed Out In General Assembly

During their session this year in Annapolis, lawmakers had to fill in several gaps in its marijuana decriminalization law.

Virginia To Congress: Stop Approving New Flights Out Of Reagan National Airport

Dulles Airport is suffering as a result of Congressional favoritism for Reagan National Airport, Virginia officials say. Is it time to cut back on the number of flights out of the Arlington hub?

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