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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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.

Opportunity To Earn Money Creates A Harsh Cycle For Many Immigrant Children

Some unaccompanied immigrant children have been exploited by traffickers, but many are forced to work simply because no one else is able to support them. Armando Trull talks to youths who are trying to overcome pressures of high school and nearly full-time employment.

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.

Judge Overturns Key Provision Of D.C.'s Concealed-Carry Law — Again

A federal judge ordered D.C. to stop enforcing the provision of the city's law requiring that anyone applying for a concealed-carry permit demonstrate a "good reason" for needing to carry a handgun in public.

D.C. Leaders Remain Defiant As Congress Exerts Authority Over City Budget

D.C. leaders on Tuesday defiantly claimed the right to spend local funds with less congressional interference, just as Republicans on Capitol Hill passed a bill re-exerting their authority over the city's finances.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Rain In May Has Mainly Canceled Games

For most recreational baseball, soccer and other sports leagues in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia this spring is like a stormy day at the airport: Lots of cancellations and no reprieve in sight.

Words Fly After D.C. Council Alters Plan To Close D.C. General Homeless Shelter

The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to an amended version of Mayor Muriel Bowser's plan to close the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General and replace it with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters.

As D.C. Claims Budget 'Autonomy,' Republicans Threaten To Tighten Reins

Just how much budget autonomy does D.C. have? Council members will vote today on the city's $13.4 billion budget while at the same time, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee will seek to nullify the referendum granting the city that authority.