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Monday, August 3, 2015

Virginia Republicans Warn Of High Energy Costs With Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'

Republican leaders in Virginia say Obama's clean energy plan would drive up energy costs and damage a struggling economy. Democrats say saving the planet is more important than the short-term problem of higher energy bills.

Silver Line Ridership In Tysons Well Below Metro Estimates

The number of riders using the new Silver Line has underwhelmed so far, but things like a lack of pedestrian and biking infrastructure connecting to the stations may be holding the line back, according to an internal Metro study.

WATCH: A Brit (And Some Kids) Explain Why D.C. Should Get Statehood

Leave it to a British comedian and a singing troupe of kids to explain why D.C. isn't a state — and why they think that it should be.

Virginia Republicans Put Off Meeting With Governor Over New Congressional Map

Virginia's congressional map has twice been ruled unconstitutional, but state Republicans have so far put off meeting with the state's Democratic governor to redraw the boundaries.

Will Banning Spotters Curb Predatory Towing? Probably Not, Officials Say

Montgomery County lawmakers have officially banned the use of spotters by tow companies, but officials with the county's consumer protection office say they don't expect it to fix predatory towing.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Farms, Coasts And Air Conditioning: What Climate Change Means For Virginia

Climate change presents obstacles for just about everywhere in the United States — but rising temperatures are expected to be felt keenly in a number of Virginia's important economic areas.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.

Pilot Program Makes Inmates Eligible For Education Grants

In hopes of reducing recidivism, the Obama administration is announcing a pilot program that will allow incarcerated students the ability to receive federal Pell grants for college courses.

How To Fund A Transit Project: A Purple Line Explainer

Key decisions are coming that will determine whether the 16-mile Purple Line light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton is built next year. Not surprisingly, many of them revolve around money.

Virginia's Bid To Banish Confederate Flag From License Plate Faces Judge

A judge in the Virginia city that was the final refuge for the Confederacy is set to hear arguments over the state's bid to erase the Confederate battle flag from license plates.

As Crime Spikes Nationwide, Lanier And City Police Chiefs To Meet At Summit

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is organizing a summit of police chiefs from across the country to discuss a national crime spike — and what police can do to fight it.

This Week On Metro Connection: July 31, 2015

We'll examine the past, present and future or one of D.C.'s most scenic spots, Hains Point, as well as other stories from around the region.

Tea, Golf And Somewhere To Cool Off: The History Of Hains Point

D.C.'s Hains Point is beloved by many local residents. But it wasn't always that way, because 150 years ago, the point wasn't there at all. A look at the history of the now-iconic peninsula.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

D.C.'s Rising Homicide Rate The Focus Of Community Event

Thursday night, representatives from at least eight law enforcement and criminal justice agencies are meeting at a D.C. church to discuss the city's uptick in violent crime.

With A 'Strike Force' And $100 Million, Bowser Moves On Affordable Housing

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser took two cracks at the city's affordable housing crisis this week, appointing a "strike force" to focus on protecting affordable housing and putting out $100 million to build new housing.