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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Relief Coming For I-66 Commutes As Virginia Sharpens Long-Term Tolling Plans

On a stretch where five-mile backups are routine, Virginia is implementing an “active traffic management system.” But officials are aware that it's limited, temporary relief.

'Serious Challenges' Face Virginia Hospitals, Association Says

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association plans a statewide campaign to educate people about the financial pressures on the industry.

Pledges And Hope At Candlelight Vigil For Peace In El Salvador

At a gathering outside the Salvadoran Embassy, pipes played and people expressed a desire for unity in the Central American nation, which is on track to become the most murderous country in the world this year.

Supporting First-Generation College Students

Low-income students who make it to college graduate at significantly lower rates than their higher-income counterparts. In Part 3 of her documentary, Kavitha Cardoza looks at the Posse Foundation, which has had some success boosting graduation rates.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Could Bill Euille's Name Spell Trouble For His Write-In Campaign?

It's pronounced "yül," as in a Yule log. But it's spelled "Euille," a name that may make it difficult for the mayor of Alexandria to keep his job.

McAuliffe Reiterates Plan To Reappoint Roush To Virginia Supreme Court

The governor will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush to the high court on Wednesday, when her temporary appointment expires. Republican leaders have warned McAuliffe against such a move, saying it could be unlawful.

Bigger, Stronger, Looks Like Dad: Zoo Gives Panda Update

The survivor from a set of twins born on Aug. 22 at the National Zoo is now nearly two pounds, and the markings on its back look kind of familiar.

GOP Group Pumps $250,000 Into Virginia Senate Races

The Republican State Leadership Committee said Tuesday it gave large donations to three GOP candidates, including Hal Parrish, who is running for a Manassas-area seat.

Fairfax County Sheriff Breaks Silence About Natasha McKenna Video

Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid sat down with Virginia reporter Michael Pope to discuss the countent of a video depicting an encounter between deputies and then-inmate Natasha McKenna in which she was restrained and repeatedly tased.

The First-Generation College Experience

Just 1 in 4 low-income college students earn their bachelor’s degree. In part two of her documentary, education reporter Kavitha Cardoza goes behind the statistics to talk with students about the troubles they face.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Collaborating To Boost Graduation Rates

Research shows that minority students are most vulnerable to dropping out of college, but some schools have bucked that trend. Kavitha Cardoza speaks with educators at Virginia Commonwealth University to explore how collaboration with high schools has paid dividends.

Monday, September 14, 2015

11 House And Senate Districts In Virginia Face Legal Challenge

"We have to diminish the hold political gerrymandering has over our General Assembly and our congressional delegation," says Brian Cannon of One Virginia 2021.

Transit Officials: Try To Telework During Pope's D.C. Visit

Transit officials recommend that D.C. workers telework, if possible, when Pope Francis visits D.C. next week. Metro commuters should expect significant delays.

Baltimore's Interim Police Chief Should Get The Job, Mayor Says

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been pleased with the energy that Kevin Davis has brought to the job.

Metro Completes Summer Maintenance Program, Meaning More 8-Car Trains

Rush hour Metro riders had an even worse summer than normal with breakdowns and delays galore, but with the completion of a maintenance program, you should expect to start seeing more 8-car trains.