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Monday, May 16, 2011

Metro Budget Hearings: What A Difference A Year Makes

This week, Metro will be hashing out its budget for the coming year at six public hearings. The gap this year is less than one-third of last year's.

D.C. Council Remains Divided Over Budget Issues

With the clock ticking to pass a balanced budget, members of the D.C. Council held a closed-door meeting to hash out their priorities for next year's spending plan.

House Committee Reviews Conditions For Mentally, Physically Ill In Va.

Virginia fell under scrutiny from the Justice Department in February for conditions at its homes for the mentally and physically ill. The House Appropriations Committee heard about the state's progress in a meeting Monday.

Q&A With CQ Roll Call David Hawkings

WAMU's Matt McCleskey talks with editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, David Hawkings, for a preview of the week on Capitol Hill. They discuss the U.S. hitting its debt ceiling and how the dynamic on Capitol Hill will change when Wisconsin Democratic Senator Herb Kohl retires.

Warner Delivers Thanks To Navy SEALs

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is hand-delivering messages of thanks to the Navy today, following the special forces raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

Three Killed In Montgomery County Car Crash

Three people were killed when a car struck a tree in Olney, Md. early Sunday morning. A 20-year-old driver involved in a car crash is facing multiple charges.

Montgomery County Teachers Stage Protest Against Budget Cuts

This week the Montgomery County Council could decide how much money the county's public schools will get next year, and a $100 million budget cut is still on the table.

Major Roadwork Projects In D.C. Region To Overlap This Summer

Transportation officials are warning area commuters to prepare to deal with a variety of road construction projects in all three jurisdictions this summer.

Pay Raises, Full-Day Kindergarten On Agenda For Fairfax Schools Hearings

The Fairfax County Public School board is preparing to make a final decision on whether employees will get a pay raise for the coming fiscal year, and how big that pay raise could be.

D.C. Left To Wonder: Was Sulaimon Brown Telling The Truth About Gray Campaign?

The D.C. Council's investigation into the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's administration is over for now, but the central question of that inquiry remains unanswered.

Lyme Disease Group Warns Of Rising Tick Population

The D.C. metro region is experiencing a spike in its tick population, and that could mean an increase in cases of a very troublesome disease.

Employment Program Helps Veterans Transition Into Civilian Life

The region is home to thousands of veterans, and some are still struggling to get back into civilian life.

Commentary By Walter Smith: Cleaning Up The Anacostia River

For years, organizations and local lawmakers have struggled to find ways to restore the Anacostia River – which has long suffered from pollution. Commentator Walter Smith, executive director of the nonprofit D.C. Appleseed says it's time for the federal government to step up efforts to clean up the river and surrounding communities.

Competition And Controversy At Nation's Best High School

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Va. is widely considered one of the best public high schools in the country. But "TJ," as it's known to many in Northern Virginia, isn't getting great reviews when it comes to its admissions process.

Gay Couple In Virginia Wins Hyphenated Last Name Case

A Virginia state court has allowed two gay couples to hyphenate their last names after previously rejecting both petitions as fraudulent.