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Monday, June 15, 2015

Backlog Of 1,600 Passenger Complaints Being Cleared, Drawing Ire Of Taxi Drivers

Taxicab passenger complaints dating back to 2012 are being scheduled for mediation, but the representatives for drivers say the process is raising important questions about due process.

Transgender Transitions More Complicated For Those Living In Rural Areas

Caitlyn Jenner has captured headlines with her plan to transition, but some experts say it's not quite so straight-forward for transgender individuals living in rural communities with more limited access to medical care.

Public Financing: Coming To A Montgomery County Election Near You

The next elections in Montgomery County aren't for a few years yet, but already would-be candidates can get insight into how to use the county's new public financing system for elections at a forum tonight.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Gazette Papers In Montgomery, Prince George's Counties To Close This Month

Post Community Media announced plans to close some of its suburban weekly newspapers in Maryland and to sell others.

Will City Have To Use Eminent Domain To Secure D.C. United Stadium Site?

City officials say D.C. United is getting a new stadium at Buzzard Point one way or another, but how they end up doing it is still very much up in the air.

Friday, June 12, 2015

As D.C. Heats Up, Advocates Urge Residents Not To Forget The Homeless

Homeless issues tend to be more in the forefront of people's minds in the winter, but that population is also particularly vulnerable on sweltering summer days. Here is how the public can help.

E-Cigarettes Banned In Montgomery County Bars, Restaurants

As of Friday, electronic cigarettes can no longer be used in bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. It's the first such indoor ban on "vaping" in the D.C. region.

After Visit To Cuba, Rep. Beyer Discusses U.S. Relationship With Castro Regime

The relationship between Cuba and the U.S. continues to improve since an initial thaw late last year. Virginia Rep. Don Beyer recently returned from a trip to the island nation and spoke with WAMU 88.5 News about it.

Metro's Horrible 2015 Reaches Halfway Point With Another Safety Problem

It's about the halfway point of a tough year for the D.C. region’s subway system — one that started with the death of a passenger in a cloud of smoke on the Yellow Line — and Metro is now dealing with new challenges.

Metro Orders More New Railcars, But Riders Won't See Them For A While

Faced with a July 26 deadline, Metro’s leadership on Thursday voted to go ahead and place an order for an additional 220 7000-series railcars — which are expected to be put into service by the end of the decade.

Labor Unions And Minority Groups Focus Virginia Ground Game

Labor unions and minority groups in Virginia are celebrating a major victory this week after forming a coalition that successfully campaigned for a slate of Democrats.

This Week On Metro Connection: Milestones

We'll bring you stories of the moments that define and change our lives, with a show we're calling "Milestones."

What Can Metro Do To Improve Subway Service? The Feds Have Some Ideas

Transportation reporter Martin Di Caro breaks down the latest stories from the realm of trains, planes and automobiles.

Beating The Odds: Besting Food Allergies, Homelessness, On Path To Graduation

As part of our Beating the Odds series, we'll meet high school senior Coumba Gueye, who has struggled with homelessness and severe allergies, but is now heading to college on a full scholarship.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Montgomery County Close To Approving Mandatory Paid Sick Leave For Workers

Mandatory paid sick leave legislation has failed in Congress, as well as in the Maryland General Assembly. But the Montgomery County Council is poised to go in the opposite direction.

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