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News Update: Homeless Shelters, Guns & Budget Autonomy

A number of local debates came to a head this week in D.C.

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What Satellite Images Are Teaching Us About Life On Earth

Satellite imagery is becoming critical to what we do on the ground, including disaster relief, economic projections, and monitoring environmental change. We look at what pictures from above can teach us about life on earth.

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The Politics Hour - May 13, 2016

Congress holds a hearing on the District's latest push for budget autonomy. Virginia's Attorney General issues an opinion on gay and transgender rights. And Metro's woes continue.

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Changes Loom For SafeTrack Plan Amid Friction Between Metro, Federal Officials

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld conceded he should have reached out to federal oversight officials before unveiling a tentative schedule for a massive rail reconstruction program starting next month, saying his management style is sometimes impatient.

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Debate Over Restoring Voting Rights To Ex-Felons

Last month the governor of Virginia restored voting rights to more than two-hundred-thousand ex-felons. It’s the third state in recent months to change course on reinstating the vote. The national debate over voting rights for ex-offenders.

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Competing Political Visions For America’s Coal Workers

Coal mining companies in Appalachia have been steadily laying off workers and closing down. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders promise to bring new economic opportunities to the area. Donald Trump says he can revive the industry: Join us to discuss competing visions for America's coal workers and the future of the region.

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Transportation Secretary Says He Almost Ordered Metro Shutdown Last Week

The nation’s top transportation official says he almost ordered a shutdown of the D.C. region’s subway system after inspectors were denied access to the tracks following an explosion May 5 at Federal Center Southwest.

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Metro's Managers Past And Present Explain System's Challenges

Metro's General Manager joins us with an update on the maintenance plan and how it will affect riders.

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As Metro Faces Crisis, Is Paul Wiedefeld The Leader The System Needs?

As the leader of a transit agency known for breakdowns, delays and concerns about rider safety, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld stands at the center of a vortex of rider anger. But is his approach in the first few months on the job what the transit agency needs?

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Feds Order 'Safety Stand-Down' At Metro After Thursday Track Explosion

The Federal Transit Administration is taking Metro to task for their handling of a track fire at the Federal Center Southwest station this week in a safety directive issued on Saturday.

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