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Two Metro Stations Closed Due To Another Electrical Malfunction

In the thick of Thursday's afternoon rush hour, Metro evacuated and closed two downtown stations after reports of smoke triggered a massive fire-department response to Federal Center SW along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

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Back From The Breach: Moving The Federal Workforce Forward

A year after a massive cyber-breach compromised the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, Kojo talks with OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert about her agency and key issues facing the federal workforce.

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Metro To Announce Major Months-Long Rehab Effort Affecting Most Riders

Prepare for a summer of delays, Metro riders. As part of an effort to dig out of an extensive maintenance backlog, Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld will announce a months-long effort that will likely have affect most commuters. Check out the details.

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Why Medical Error Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S.

New research shows medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 250,000 people a year. Why there are so many mistakes, and what can be done to improve patient safety.

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Metro's 'Hard Truth' Maintenance Plan Is Almost Ready For Board And Public

Metro's current work schedule is "not enough to dig out of the deferred maintenance hole," says Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. He's planning to make big changes, and he'll unveil them to the transit authority's board later this week.

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CSX Says Derailment Site Has Been Cleaned Up And Trains Are Running Again

The first train moved through the site Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m. and normal operations have resumed, a spokesman for the rail company said.

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'Fundamentally Flawed' Metro Oversight Led To Deadly Smoke Incident, NTSB Says

The National Transportation Safety Board released 43 findings detailing a litany of failures that led to the death of one passenger and injuries to more than 90 others on Jan. 12, 2015.

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The Freedom And Safety Of Reporters Around The World

Since 2005 nearly 800 reporters have been killed while doing their work. Please join us to talk about the risks reporters face around the world and new effort to boost press safety and freedoms.

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Why Lye And Ethanol? Derailment Raises Questions About What Comes Through D.C.

The derailment in Northeast D.C. of a freight rail train carrying hazardous chemicals is reigniting a debate over whether potentially dangerous materials should be hauled through the nation's capital.

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Shaking Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx replaced three Metro board members with safety experts, while a Maryland Congressman introduced legislation which would require the next three federally appointed Metro board members have relevant expertise.

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