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Friday, July 8, 2011

FTA Head: McDonnell To Pitch In $150 Million More To Dulles Metrorail

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be pitching in more money to the Dulles Metrorail project, despite his recent complaints that its cost has grown too high.

A Sneak Peak At Metro's New Train Cars

In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in its place will be a fleet of all new train cars.

Riders Tell Metro: Shorten Station Names!

With a new subway line in Northern Virginia on the horizon, Metro is revamping its iconic map. And since it’s going to be changing the map, Metro is also looking to change the names of some of its stations.

Kwame Brown Case Referred To Federal Investigators

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is now the third city lawmaker facing scrutiny from federal investigators. Election officials say the U.S. Attorney's office has taken records related to Brown's 2008 campaign and it's now up to federal authorities to decide what happens next.

Virginia Pushing For Regulations To Allow Public To Reclaim Used Water

Virginia is considered a water-rich state, yet during periods of minimal rain, the state struggles to maintain its potable water levels.

University of Maryland Students Look For Watershed Moment at Solar Decathlon

What if every home in the Chesapeake Bay area was built with the bay in mind? Students at the University of Maryland say that’s exactly what their house – called WaterShed – for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is all about.

Experts Suggest Stronger Efforts To Combat Obesity In D.C. Area

There are policies in place in the District to try and halt the growing rates of obesity. But experts say that isn't enough.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Human Landscape Dance does the Odysseus and the Icarus, a Ukulele festival, South County shots and Animal Collective finally plays its last album's namesake.

Results For The 2011 Standardized Test Scores For D.C.P.S. Have Been Released

The preliminary results of the 2011 standardized tests for D.C. Public Schools has been released. While there have been increases at the secondary school level, this is the second year elementary school scores have fallen.

Castleton Farms Brings Unique Music Festival To Rappahannock County, Va.

The winding roads of Rappahannock County in Virginia are scenic and sparsely populated -- with approximately 26 people per square mile. But each summer the number swells by about a thousand people per day, as visitors and participants converge on a unique summer festival called Castleton Farms.

Trial Date Set In Lululemon Homicide

An October 24 trial date has been set for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Continues Debt Ceiling Talks This Weekend, Congress Works On Cutting Its Own Budget

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, offers the latest news on Capitol Hill, including the continuing talks on the deficit reductions and Congress' plan to cut its own budget.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Examining The Broadband Divide In D.C.

A new study from American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, suggests that the broadband internet divide in our region isn't a matter of access, but instead a matter of adoption. WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews project director John Dunbar about the study's findings.

TSA To Step Up Bomb Screening At Airports

Security measures at airports will likely increase soon due to warnings about a potential new terrorist threat: body bombs.

Virginia Motorists To Be Required To Get The Same Emissions Test As NoVa

Motorists in most of Virginia will soon be required to get the same vehicle emissions testing now required in Northern Virginia.

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