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LISTEN: How Do We Explain The Flash Flooding In Ellicott City?

Ellicott City, Maryland, got half a foot of rain in just two hours on Saturday, causing damaging flooding. But is this something we can predict or prevent? Jeffrey B. Halverson, an expert on severe storms, talks us through it.

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Metro's Board Chair On Derailments, Delays, And Late-Night Service

We discuss how Metro is handling its rehab work with WMATA Board Chair Jack Evans.

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Deteriorating Rail Ties Blamed For Derailment At East Falls Church

The partial derailment of a Silver Line train during morning rush hour on Friday was caused by a track condition commonly referred to as wide gauge, Metro said.

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Historic Ellicott City Faces Long Recovery After Flood Tears Through Main Street

Rebuilding homes, businesses and infrastructure along the picturesque Main Street of the Maryland town could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, officials said.

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Sections of Orange, Silver Lines Closed After Derailment

Metro says rail service will be shut down through Friday afternoon between Ballston and West Falls Church on the Orange Line and Ballston and McLean on the Silver Line to allow for repairs to track damaged by a derailment.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to accept a major party nomination for president. National security experts blast Donald Trump for urging Russia to hack Clinton’s emails. And charges are dropped against the remaining officers in the Freddie Gray case. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Fired Train Operator Was Rushing To Take Break, Metro Says Of July 5 Incident

A Metrorail operator fired for running a red signal on the Red Line was rushing to get to his break at a location with plenty of good restaurant options, the transit authority’s chief safety officer said on Thursday in the most detailed description to date of the incident on the evening of July 5.

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Prosecutors Drop Charges Related To Freddie Gray's Death

Maryland prosecutors on Wednesday dropped charges against the remaining police officers facing charges related to Freddie Gray's death. Kojo explores what the outcomes of the cases say about our local justice system and the national repercussions.

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Report On 'Zoned Out' Metro Drivers Gets Fresh Attention After Signal Overruns

As Metrorail operators overrun red signals at an increasing clip, the transit authority is considering ways to keep the drivers focused on their jobs — more than a year after outside experts came up with 18 recommendations designed to reduce distractions.

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Training Bar Staff And Bystanders To Prevent Sexual Assault

The next frontier in the battle against sexual harassment and sexual assault? Bars.

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