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O'Malley Talks Education During State Of The State

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By Matt Bush

During his state of the state address, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley painted a rosy picture regarding education in the state.

Last month, Education Week magazine ranked public schools in Maryland number one in the nation for the second straight year. But the state's largest school system, Montgomery County's, faces a fine of more than $23 million for failing to adequately fund a school funding formula called 'maintenance of effort' last year.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says if the fine from the state board of education stands, it would have dire consequences for a county that faces a budget shortfall of more than $600 million.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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