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FTA Inspectors Found 189 'Safety Defects' On Metrorail In New Oversight Role

It remains unclear whether inspectors for the FTA ever visited portions of Metrorail where damaged jumper cables ultimately prompted a 24-hour shutdown of the system, but in a WAMU 88.5 exclusive, they did detail much of the work they have accomplished.

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FAA To Tourists: Cherry Blossom Festival (And D.C. In General) Is No-Drone Zone

The blossoms might be breathtaking from the air, but if you're planning to shoot some drone video, forget it.

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Official: Power Cables Near D.C. Subway Fire Lacked Insulation

A federal official says power cables next to the one that caught fire at a downtown Washington subway station on Monday were not equipped with insulating materials that prevent moisture and debris from causing corrosion that can lead to fires.

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The Gun Store Next Door?

Arlington lawmakers and citizens are protesting the opening of a new gun shop, Nova Armory, in the Lyon Park neighborhood at the end of March.

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Metro's Latest Safety Lapse Exposes Major Questions As Riders Return To The Rails

The move to shutter Metrorail on Wednesday to inspect faulty power cables was more than just an inconvenience — it exposes troubling questions about the transit agency's safety culture.

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The CDC's New Guidelines On Prescribing Opioid Painkillers

In the first national guidelines on opioid painkillers, the CDC urges doctors to use more caution when prescribing the highly addictive narcotics. What it could mean for patients with chronic pain and America's growing addiction crisis.

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Does Maryland Need A State Standard On Affirmative Consent?

Members of the Maryland House Judiciary Committee heard arguments about the prevalance of sexual assault on college campuses in the state and whether a state standard for affirmative consent needs to be made explicit.

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24 Hours With No Trains: How Will The D.C. Region Fare?

After a morning commute with no trains, we consider how the city fared and whether riders see this as a positive safety sign.

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New Efforts To Extend Statutes Of Limitations For Sexual Crimes

To help rape victims seek justice, some states are changing laws to allow prosecution decades later. But criminal defense attorneys say this will lead to the conviction of innocent people. Diane Rehm talks with a panel of guests about the debate over extending statutes of limitations for sexual assault.

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Should Maryland DUI Offenders Be Required To Use An Ignition Interlock?

A Montgomery County police officer was struck and killed by a suspect drunk driver last year, prompting a push for stricter limits on DUI offenders.

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