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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

U.S. House Rejects D.C.'s Plans For Full Autonomy Over Budget

In a 240-179 vote, the Republican-led House passed a bill that would overturn efforts by the city to take control over how it spends its money. It's a largely symbolic move: The Senate and President Obama are unlikely to go along.

D.C., Maryland, Virginia Take Serious Step Toward Creating Metro Safety Panel

Leaders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have agreed on a proposal to create a Metro Safety Commission that is supposed to supplant the Federal Transit Administration’s temporary oversight role. It's a key step in a process that will rely on action in all three jurisdictions' legislatures.

Gov. McAuliffe: Federal Investigators Have Found No Wrongdoing

The federal investigation into Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has focused on his business dealings before he took office and has found no evidence of wrongdoing, the governor's attorney said Wednesday.

Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

How Specialized Programs Can Get Kids With Anxiety Back In The Classroom

Psychologists say students with crippling anxiety feel as stressed going to school as they would being chased by a lion, but rather than giving up on them, specialized programs can gently get them back in the classroom.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Metro Changes Policy On Notification Of Violent Crimes After Criticism In Rape Case

General Manager Paul Wiedefeld ordered the change in policy as Metro was facing criticism for its delay in notifying the public about the alleged rape of a woman aboard a Red Line train in Montgomery County last month.

Is Legal Status Requirement By A Landlord Discrimination? Fairfax Families File Suit

Four immigrant families in a Fairfax County mobile home park are taking their landlord to court over a requirement that they provide proof of legal status or face a big increase in rent.

Questions Of Mental Health Often Fall To School Nurses — If There Is One

Increasingly, school nurses are on the front lines of identifying students with potential mental health problems, and the problem only gets the attention it needs when something horrible happens.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Official: Feds Are Investigating Gov. McAuliffe's Campaign Donations

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his gubernatorial campaign, according to a U.S. law enforcement official.

Feeling 'Invisible' — How Mental Illness Often Goes Unnoticed In The Classroom

At least one in five young people in the U.S. exhibit signs or symptoms of mental illness. For students who suffer through it, it often feels like nobody at school is willing or able to understand.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wiedefeld Shrinks Metro's Management Ranks, Including 7 Senior Leaders

A major management shakeup is underway at Metro. General Manager Paul Wiedefeld greatly reduced the number of managers directly reporting to him, potentially streamlining Metro’s inefficient bureaucracy.

McAuliffe Signs Virginia State Budget But Vetoes Medicaid Restriction

McAuliffe favors expanding publicly funded healthcare for the poor in Virginia, something Republicans in the state legislature have strongly opposed.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Metro Releases Final Plan For Reconstruction Work, Related Shutdowns

Metro has released a final, revised version of its massive SafeTrack reconstruction schedule, after consultation with federal safety officials who asked for certain repairs to be moved up to the start of work next month.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

LISTEN: It Will Get Warmer Soon — Or At Least The Capital Weather Gang Says So

Many people in the Washington region are eager for the cool and soggy spring of 2016 to end. Forecaster Matt Ross of The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang is here with a prediction for June, July and August.

Dedicated Funding Stream For Metro? Probably Not This Year, Lawmakers Say

Metro is the only major transit system in the U.S. without a dedicated funding stream, like a yearly subsidy or a specific sales tax. Members of the Washington region’s congressional delegation pledged Wednesday that they would try to establish one.

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