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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Psychiatric Facilities Turned Away Mentally Ill, Va. OIG Reports

The Commonwealth of Virginia says approximately 200 mentally ill residents who posed a threat to themselves or others were turned away from psychiatric facilities over the past year, according to a new state report.

Federal Officials Intervene In Dulles Metrorail Clash

The Obama administration is staging an intervention of sorts for the Dulles Metrorail project to get the rail extension back on track.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

D.C. Region Faces Another Day Of Extreme Heat

A Code Orange air quality alert is in effect for the Baltimore-Washington region, to go along with the extreme heat that is expected to stick around for at least one more day.

D.C. Kids Prep For A Summer With Far Fewer City Programs

Non profits in Washington D.C. are calling it the 'perfect storm': Two months where funding for summer classes, a youth jobs program and enrichment activities have been slashed because of the District's multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

In Nigeria, Former Va. Gov. Learns Political Lessons

Former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder went to Nigeria in May to provide advice to elected leaders restructuring their government after years of political unrest, but Wilder says he came back more knowledgeable about issues the United States struggles with as well.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Booty Candy, and Alexander and Fam.

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.

Virginia Governor Signs Human Trafficking Legislation

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell visited Dulles International Airport Tuesday afternoon to sign three new pieces of legislation aimed at curbing the problem of human trafficking in the Commonwealth.

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