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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Federal Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente's office said Thursday that prosecutors will not pursue another trial in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the former governor's corruption conviction.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In Montgomery And Prince George's, A New Way To Earn A High School Diploma

In two Maryland counties, earning a high school diploma can now be done for free online — for adult residents who are accepted to the program.

Fears, Questions — And Now A Lawsuit — From Tenants At Silver Spring Apartments

Tenants affected by a deadly natural gas explosion at the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring are filing a lawsuit against the management of the complex and seeking assurances that the remaining buildings are safe.

D.C. Statehood Campaign Kicks Off With Promise Of National Pressure

The Statehood Yes! effort will focus on the home districts of reluctant members of Congress, which has the final say over whether to turn the District into the 51st state.

Metro Continues Steep Ridership Decline Amid Nationwide Trend Of Transit Losses

Where are the riders? With tougher competition and unreliable service, ridership on Metro is down — putting additional strains on the transit agency's already bleak financial forecast.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Documentary About Pentagon 9/11 Attack Is 'Only Partly A Military Story'

The film's executive producer explains some of the reasons why a documentary solely about the Pentagon's Sept. 11 story was a hard sell.

Maglev Between D.C. And Baltimore? MTA Embarks On Environmental Study

Maryland is serious about exploring the possibility of a high-speed maglev train between D.C. and Baltimore, with transportation officials kicking off an environmental study of the potential routes the train could take.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Fewer Breakdowns, But More Lateness Reported In Metro's Latest Report Card

Metro’s failure-prone railcars showed significant improvement over the spring, with reliability up compared to the same period in 2015, but large percentages of trains continued to arrive late, according to a preliminary version of the transit authority’s latest Vital Signs report card.

Friday, September 2, 2016

LISTEN: Tracking Hurricane Hermine With The Capital Weather Gang

Should you bother heading to the beach this weekend? Hermine, the first hurricane to hit Florida in more than a decade, could affect the Washington region as it comes northward. Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang explains what might be ahead.

Metro's Rhode Island Avenue Station To Remain Closed For Much Of Weekend

After small pieces of concrete fell twice in as many days, Metro said Friday it will keep Rhode Island Avenue station closed through Sunday night to allow for a “top-to-bottom inspection” and repairs to the 40-year-old station.

D.C. Official Possibly Fired To Appease Campaign Contributor, Lawyer Says

A lawyer representing one of the employees forced out in the controversial staff shakeup at D.C.'s Department of General Services says his client Yinka Alao may have been fired to appease a major donor to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

When It Comes To Colleges Addressing Slavery, 'The Bar Is Pretty Low,' Historian Says

Georgetown University has taken significant step toward making amends for its historical relationship with slavery. WAMU spoke with historian Craig Steven Wilder — author of the book "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities" — about why he's cautiously optimistic about their efforts.

Georgetown Slavery Report Is Only The Beginning, Professor Says

Georgetown University's efforts to acknowledge its ties to slavery are just the start of a longer process, says one of the authors of the school's new report on slavery and reconciliation.

LISTEN: Maryland's New School Calendar, Updating The Bay Bridge

Catch up on the week's major regional news stories with Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey and The Washington Post's Robert McCartney.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

LISTEN: Georgetown Professor Discusses School's Atonement For 1838 Slave Sale

The Rev. Matthew Carnes, a professor of government at Georgetown, was part of the working group that made several suggestions, including special consideration in the admissions process for the descendants of the slaves.