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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Questions About Bus Safety Follow Fatal Bus Crash

It's a booming industry, where every day, low-price buses head north from D.C. to New York, Philadelphia and Boston, and south to North Carolina and elsewhere. But exhausted drivers and a lack of seat belts have led to calls for more regulation.

Faulty Breathalyzers On D.C. Council's Agenda Today

The District's ongoing problems with its breathalyzer program will be the focus of a D.C. Council hearing later today.

New Va. Human Trafficking Laws Provide Options For Victims

State lawmakers from Northern Virginia and local law enforcement leaders say new measures signed into law by Governor Bob McDonnell should make a big difference in fighting human-trafficking.

Md. And N.J. Governors Fight Over Cap-And-Trade Program

Maryland is one of ten states that participate in a coordinated cap-and-trade program designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change -- but one of those states is dropping out.

Transportation Safety Board Investigates Va. Bus Crash

Virginia State Police say driver fatigue was one of the factors that led to a tour bus flipping over and killing four of its passengers on I-95 in Virginia Tuesday. But it may be a while before we know what really caused the fatal crash.

D.C.'s Unemployed Have Another Option In 'Ticket To Work'

A group that helps social security beneficiaries get back in the employment game is bringing its mission to D.C.

At Long Last, Sulaimon Brown Says He'll Testify

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown will finally testify before the D.C. Council for its investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

All that jazz, known unknowns, and the art of Earth.

Virginia Celebrates Its Parks' 75th Birthday

Attendance at parks in Virginia is setting records as a destination for millions of visitors, and Governor Bob McDonnell is proclaiming this June as a month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Virginia's park system.

Loretta Goodwin: Daring To Dream, Amid Apartheid

Loretta Goodwin is a senior director at the American Youth Policy Forum, where she researches, organizes and conducts professional learning opportunities for policy leaders on issues related to education and youth development. She lives with her family in Arlington.

Alexandria Considers Bikeshare Pilot Program

In Virginia, Capital Bikeshare could be expanding into Alexandria, where the city manager is considering a pilot program that would expand the system already in place in Arlington and the District.

Paul Ferrara, Who Pioneered Use Of DNA, Dies

Paul Ferrara is being remembered as forward-thinking and a visionary.

Population Changes In MoCo May Affect Housing Market

Census figures show two populations on the rise in Montgomery County, Md.: the number of adult children living at home with their parents and those approaching retirement age.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Obama To Meet With House On Debt Ceiling

President Obama is planning to meet with House Republicans Wednesday and House Democrats on Thursday. Among the planned topics is the nation's debt ceiling. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill, speaks with WAMU's All Things Considered host, Pat Brogan, about what's expected.

Bus Company Behind I-95 Crash To Be Shut Down

The U.S. Department of Transportation is shutting down the company behind Tuesday's fatal bus accident on I-95 in Virginia.

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