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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Recent Deaths Renew Calls For Tougher DUI Laws In Maryland

Two recent drunken driving incidents in Montgomery County could soften opposition among Maryland lawmakers to stiffer penalties for DUI offenses. The issue is likely to come up in the General Assembly, which convenes Thursday in Annapolis.

Virginia Governor Expected To Renew Medicaid Debate In Address

Some Republicans say they doubt McAuliffe is interested in moving past partisanship.

In D.C., Nearly Half Of Homeless Youth Identify As LGBTQ, Survey Finds

The Homeless Youth Census found that that 43 percent of homeless youth surveyed identified as LGBTQ. "These kids face discrimination and bullying right in their own homes," says D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Democrats Decry 'War On Women' Ahead Of Virginia General Assembly Session

The Virginia branch of NARAL has drafted a "statement of intent" for this year's legislative session intended to push back against a slate of legislation passed by state Republicans targeting reproductive health care services for women.

Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang On Shame, Asian American Identity And Comic Book Culture

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang was appointed National Ambassador for Young People's Literature late last year. The Kojo Nnamdi Show producer Ruth Tam speaks to Yang and shares what comics meant for her as a young Asian American.

Bring Out The Gavels: Virginia, Maryland Begin 2016 Legislative Sessions

In Virginia, legislators face pressure from Gov. Terry McAuliffe to expand education spending. And in Maryland, debates over law enforcement reform and Gov. Larry Hogan's budget proposals will be center stage.

What Was In The Smoke? Riders In Last Year's L'Enfant Plaza Accident Sue Metro

Dozens of people have marked the first anniversary of the deadly smoke incident by suing the transit agency.

Police Reforms, Budget Tensions Await Maryland's General Assembly

Police and criminal justice reform will headline this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly, which starts today, but another political battle over the budget is brewing underneath.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Why Can't Washingtonians Resist Asking Each Other What They Do For A Living?

Is "What do you do?" the quintessential Washington question? And what exactly are people asking it trying to find out?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

L'Enfant Plaza Tragedy Casts Shadow Over Metro One Year Later

A year after a tragic smoke incident claimed the life of Alexandria resident Carol Glover in the Metro tunnel at L'Enfant Plaza, the transit system has in some ways yet to recover.

Vincent Gray Could Make Convincing Case For D.C. Council Comeback, Poll Finds

Vincent Gray was ultimately not charged in a federal investigation into his 2010 mayoral campaign — and a new poll suggests the former mayor may have an opening to renew his political career in the District.

Monday, January 11, 2016

LISTEN: WAMU Series Prompts Several Reform Efforts In Virginia

In Virginia, lawmakers are about to gather in Richmond for a 60-day General Assembly session. They'll be considering everything from cracking down on payday loans to opening up availability of concealed carry permits.

George Washington University To Rescind Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

George Washington University President Steven Knapp announced the decision in a statement, saying the degree has become a cause for stress among students and alumni who were themselves the victims of sexual assault.

Should Nation's Top Colleges Include 'Poverty Preference' In Admissions?

The head of one of the largest scholarship programs in the country is urging administrators at the most elite colleges to change the way they admit students to counterbalance the advantages brought by alumni and sports preferences.

LISTEN: McAuliffe Announces New Predatory Lending Crackdown In Virginia

Virginia's governor was on Morning Edition on Monday to announce a new plan to curb predatory lending in the commonwealth ahead of the upcoming session of the General Assembly.