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For Local Agencies, Homeland Security Spending Fight Is A Big Concern

If Congress can't get a deal on the Homeland Security bill by the end of the week, local and regional agencies — including even the smallest fire departments — could see serious effects on their budgets.

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Three Separate Smoke Incidents Cloud Metro Over Weekend

Just weeks after smoke in the tunnel at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station hospitalized dozens and resulted in the death of a rider, Metro saw three different smoke incidents this weekend.

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Metro Takes More Heat From Investigators, This Time Over Ventilation Procedures

The transit agency had its claims of an improved safety culture undermined again on Wednesday when federal investigators disclosed another failure related to the fatal smoke incident on Jan. 12.

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Theatrical Smoke, Dummy Passengers: Inside A Simulated Metro Emergency

Metro opened its emergency training center to reporters Tuesday, following news reports that relatively few D.C. firefighters and medics received hands-on training at the facility in Landover, Maryland, last year.
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Fairfax Sheriff Declines To Offer Basic Information On Taser Death Of Inmate

A 37-year-old woman died in Fairfax County jail after being tasered, but details have not been forthcoming on the incident.

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Comparing Metro Emergency Protocols To L'Enfant Smoke Incident Response

More than 80 people were injured and one woman died in a Metro emergency last month. As the investigation into the incident continues, we look at at an agreement on emergency procedures between Metro and responders and look at whether things went according to the plan.

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Lanier To Take Stand In Whistleblower Lawsuit Over Police Escorts For Celebrities

A D.C. police officer claims he was demoted by Chief Cathy Lanier after blowing the whistle on police escorts for Charlie Sheen and other celebrities.
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Cold Air Prompts Metro To Reduce Train Speeds On Some Tracks

Metro said it had capped speeds at 40 miles per hour over certain sections of track because cold weather can cause rails to crack.

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Metro Faces Federal Safety Audit As Probe Of Smoke Incident Continues

The Federal Transit Administration says it will conduct a safety management inspection of Metro's rail and bus systems starting next month.

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Bag Checks, Other Measures Planned For National Zoo On Certain Days

A shooting last year caused the D.C. attraction to rethink its security procedures, and it will ramp up screenings on some of its busiest days.

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