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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Public Hearings Begin On Maryland Toll Increases

The Maryland Transportation Authority holds its first public hearing this week on whether to raise tolls around the state. Tolls on the Bay Bridge could increase for the first time in decades.

Heat Is On In D.C. Through Thursday Evening

The D.C. area is bracing for another mini-heat wave this week, with temperatures expected to top out in the mid-90s today and tomorrow. A heat advisory goes into effect at noon today, and is expected to last through 8 p.m. Thursday.

Ted Loza Sentencing In Taxi Bribery Case Begins

The sentencing hearing for a former D.C. Council aide involved in a taxicab bribery case enters a second day today.

After Son's Ordeal, Parents Warn Others Of Overexertion

A freshman at Wootton High School in Rockville came home after a particularly tough training session in May complaining of pain in his muscles. At the time, he and his parents never imagined it would lead to countless hours in the hospital.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

The third dimension, Anton Chekhov, and a case of Dengue Fever.

More Free Lunches: Virginia Fights Child Hunger

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and actor Jeff Bridges launched a summer nutrition program June 7 that could keep hunger at bay for more than 200,000 teens and children across the Commonwealth.

Council Member Thomas Under Pressure After Corruption Allegations

The D.C. Council member accused of misusing more than $300,000 of city funds may be forced to give up his powerful role as chairman of the economic development committee.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Jobs And Debit Card Transaction Fees Grab Attention

Senior staff writer at The Hill, Alex Bolton, speaks with WAMU's Pat Brogan about how recent jobs numbers have lawmakers refocusing on job creation. Bolton also unpacks a bill that has been keeping bank lobbyists busy.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Singalongs, drama, and the faces and stories of D.C. youth.

Police Confirm 12-Year-Old In Gaithersburg Was Stabbed

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are continuing their investigation into the death of a 12-year-old girl found inside her home in Gaithersburg last week. The police are now confirming the girl was stabbed.

Festival Aims To Get Kids Outdoors

Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and there will be an event taking place at Kingman Island to promote healthy living.

Going To The U.S. Open? Driving Is Preferred Option

Even without Tiger Woods, next week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., will attract tens of thousands of fans. For this event, traveling by Metro may not be the most convenient method.

Syria's Surviving Human Rights Groups

Protests in Syria continue despite gruesome images of torture and attacks on protesters. These images are available courtesy of Syrian human rights groups, some of whom have help from Syrian activists and scholars now living in the D.C. region.

Missing Swimmer's Body Recovered From Tridelphia Reservoir

Rescue crews in Montgomery County, Md., say they have recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in the Tridelphia Reservoir.

Virginia Develops New 'Quiet' Pavement

Virginia's Department of Transportation has invented a new blend of pavement that's supposedly better at absorbing sound. This new blend, called a Porous Friction Course, is undergoing testing on the Prince William County Parkway in Manassas.

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