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News Archive - August 24, 2010

Power Breakfast For August 24, 2010

It's Primary Day in Florida. The state that gives us delicious citrus also promises an especially juicy set-up for the midterm elections.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Virginia Railway Express officials have received permission to sell rail cars and locomotives to the Army, which is seeking news ways of moving military personnel between bases. VRE's chief executive officer has permission to sell 10 rail cars and three locomotives to the Arm...

Va. AG: Counties Can Display Holiday Symbols

By Rebecca Blatt

Virginia's attorney general says local governments can put up religiously themed holiday displays, provided groups with other beliefs are allowed to display their holiday symbols.

The opinion comes in response to a controversy in Loudoun County.

Loudoun County S...

DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee Says Schools Are "Incredibly Prepared"

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C.’s traditional public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee says everyone is “incredibly prepared” for the beginning of school. Thousands of children heading back to school will see changes in DCPS this year.

There are 350 new teachers and 30 new principals, 700 more...

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Retiring

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the superintendent of schools in Montgomery County will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Dr. Jerry Weast told the county board of education that he will step down at the end of his current contract, which runs through June 30th of next year.

W...

D.C. and Maryland Among Winners of Federal School Reform Grant

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty says the city has won $75 million in federal funding as part of the Obama administration's ``Race to the Top'' grant competition.

The state of Maryland was also a winner, and will receive $250 million. Maryland is one of nine states, plus the District...

Virginia Atty. General Says State Can Regulate Abortion Clinics

By Elliott Francis

Currently there are 21 abortion clinics in Virginia. Abortion service providers say at least 17 of those might shut down if state officials use their authority to regulate those clinics.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says abortion clinics provide many other medica...

MarylandReporter.com State Roundup, August 24, 2010

From the MarylandReporter.com website:

SLOTS FOES UP CLOSE The Sun's Nicole Fuller gives us an unusual look at the toll it takes on being an advocate through the eyes of slots opponents.

GANSLER DONATES Attorney General Doug Gansler, who faces no re-election challenge this fall, has p...

Montgomery County School Head Steps Down

By Elliott Francis

Montgomery County, Maryland school superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast is one of the nation's longest serving public school superintendents. On Tuesday, he announced he’ll retire at the end of this coming school year.

As school superintendent in districts across the coun...

Art Beat With Sabri Ben-Achour, Tuesday, August 24 2010

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour - Tuesday, August 24, 2010 (August 24) RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Rodrigo y Gabriela paid their dues as heavy metal musicians in Mexico City. After that scene was played out, they unplugged and carved out a niche-fusing the guitar noodling of Metallica and Zeppelin with f...

VA Details Polluted Streams And Rivers

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Virginia evaluates the health of its rivers and streams every two years. This year is a mixed bag with many rivers and streams in Northern Virginia listed as unsuitable for fishing and recreation.

About 40 percent of the waterways in Virginia, and Northern Virginia...

Latest Maryland Regional News

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) Frederick County is paying tribute to the workers who became heroes during last winter's monster snowstorms. The ceremony today at the Highway Operations Office is to recognize county employees involved in the snow recovery effort.

ORANGE, Mass. (AP) A preliminary federa...

Va. To End Face-to-Face Visits For Death Row Inmates

By Jonathan Wilson

Starting on September 1st, Virginia will become only the second state in the nation to require all death row visits to be done via video conference.

Some say the changes will punish innocent family members.

The Department of Corrections in Kansas instituted a...

D.C. School Bus Catches Fire

By Jonathan Wilson

Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, units from D.C. Fire and EMS responded to a school bus fire in the 2700 block of Langston Place, in southeast Washington.

The first firefighters to arrive firefighters encountered a mid-sized school bus on fire.

Several passengers,...

Alexandria Wants DoD To Pay For Traffic Improvements

By David Schultz

By September of 2011, more than 6,000 Army workers will be relocated to the Mark Center in Alexandria, an area with sparse bus service, just off I-395, miles from the nearest Metro station.

Their moving is part of the Army's Base Realignment and Closure - or BRAC - pr...

Voters Won't Decide Ambulance Fees In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

In Maryland's Montgomery County, residents likely will soon have to pay fees to take an ambulance. That's after the county board of elections struck down a petition to let voters decide the question this fall via a ballot measure. Supporters of the petition did not collect enou...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Every two years, voters in Washington pick a shadow congressman, a position with little clout and one responsibility: lobbying to make D.C. the 51st state. There's no salary and no ability to vote in Congress, but four residents still want the decades-old gig that has few perks....

Swimming Banned In Part Of Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) Virginia Beach health officials say swimming is being temporarily banned in one coastal area due to low bacteria levels.

Bacterial levels have fallen below state standards along Chesapeake Bay waters from Fort Story to Ocean View Avenue. The Virginia Beach oceanfron...

Pepco Depletes Emergency Account

By Matt Laslo

Pepco has depleted its emergency response fund for the year and is now relying on a rate increase to pay for service improvements.

Pepco is self-insured, which means that it puts away money in good years so it will be there for the bad ones. And this year was a really ba...

New Poll In Maryland Shows O'Malley In Lead

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the latest poll shows governor Martin O'Malley leading in his quest for re-election.

O'Malley leads his likely general election opponent, former Republican governor Bob Ehrlich, 47 to 41 percent among likely voters in a poll done by OpinionWorks and Center Ma...

DC, MD Named Winners In Federal 'Race To The Top' School Reform Competition

D.C. and Maryland are among those selected to receive funding in the second round of the ''Race to the Top'' fedearl school reform grant competition.

Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary for Education, says this competition has spurred what he calls a "breathtaking amount of reform" across the c...