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Friday, January 16, 2015

How Paul Reed Smith Built a Guitar Empire on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Famed guitar maker Paul Reed Smith is celebrating his 30th anniversary of building instruments on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

On the Coast: NASA Officials Still Seeking Cause of Wallops Explosion

NASA and its private-sector partners are continuing to investigate the cause of October's rocket explosion at the Wallops Flight Facility.

This Week On Metro Connection: Wild Cards

We'll go theme-free this week, as we bring you stories that run the gamut — from a look inside one of the District's last large-scale public housing projects, to the tale of a local guitar maker who made it big.

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

First Lawsuit Filed In Wake Of Deadly Metro Incident, And More Could Come

A man who sent a goodbye text message to his family because he thought was going to die during Metro’s Yellow Line meltdown is the first person to sue the transit agency over Monday's incident.

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.

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