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Friday, January 16, 2015

Door To Door: Oyster Harbor, Md. And The Plains, Va. (rebroadcast)

It's our weekly trip around the region. This time around, we'll visit Oyster Harbor, Md. and The Plains, Va.

D.C.'s RiverSmart Project Takes Aggressive Approach To Polluted Runoff

Experts are taking everything they know about reducing storm water runoff and putting various techniques to the test in two D.C. neighborhoods.

Demand For Food Aid Rises Sharply In Washington D.C.

The economic tides in Washington D.C. are rising, but the head of Bread for the City says more and more Washingtonians are seeking help filling their pantries with food.

Muralist Brings Great Art To D.C.'s Low-Income Kids

Muralist Alicia Cosnahan teaches art to kids who otherwise might not be exposed to the work of masters like Picasso or Van Gogh.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Metro Smoke Incident: Calls For Information Intensify, More Details Emerge

The NTSB pledges to keep politicians updated, new information about the incident comes to light, and legal action by passengers begins to stir.

Transportation, Education Could Be Big Sticking Points For Hogan's Budget

Funding for large transportation projects — such as the Purple Line — and for large school districts are among Democrats' concerns as the new GOP governor prepares his fiscal plan.

Md. Security Pick Is Wrong For Job, ACLU Warns

The state chapter of the civil liberties group is expressing concerns about appointee Thomas Hutchins' track record with the state police.

Safety Board Will Report On Metro Smoke Incident Within 30 Days, Lawmaker Says

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says there's a promise from the federal agency to provide a preliminary report soon on the deadly incident.

McAuliffe Returns To Medicaid Expansion, Other Democratic Priorities In Speech

The Virginia governor talked of creating a "new Virginia economy" and reopened an old fight on Medicaid expansion.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Marion Barry's Son Christopher Under Investigation For Alleged Outburst At Bank

Barry is being investigated by police after allegedly threatening a D.C. bank teller and destroying a security camera.

Republican Says Congress Should Sue D.C. Over Pot Legalization Measure

House Republicans are contemplating whether to sue the District for moving forward with its new marijuana law after the GOP cut off funding for the measure.

Bipartisan: The Word Of The Day For Lawmakers In Annapolis

Maryland's yearly legislative session convened for the first time Wednesday, and leading figures in both parties were hitting many of the same notes.

'She Had A Beautiful Spirit': Neighbor Remembers Metro Disaster Victim Carol Glover

A neighbor of Carol Glover, who died in a Metrorail incident on Monday, says the 61-year-old had "a beautiful spirit."

Virginia House Of Delegates Breaks Out Ceremonial Mace

The Virginia House of Delegates gaveled into session Wednesday, offering an opportunity for the state's ceremonial mace to get some time to shine.

Second Chance For The Second Chance Act In Maryland

Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin plans to reintroduce legislation that would make it easier for nonviolent offenders to get a fresh start.