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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fairfax Summer Schools Return, But Not Completely

Today is the last day of school for students in Fairfax County, and soon, summer classes will begin. Well, at least some of them will.

Metro Employee Union Reaches Out To Riders

The second anniversary of the Red Line train crash that killed nine people at Fort Totten Metro Station is this week, and and the occasion has Metro's employee union trying to bridge a gap between workers and passengers.

Foreclosure Prevention Group Jeopardized By Funding Cuts

Though the pace of foreclosures has slowed, some worry that looming federal funding cuts could put organizations that offer free foreclosure prevention counseling out of business.

Lyme Disease Doesn't Always Stem From Tick Bites

Although the reported number of cases of Lyme disease in the region has dropped in recent years, the health hazard remains, and not all cases of the disease are transmitted by ticks.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Debate Over Action In Libya Creates GOP Friction

Tensions are increasing between Republicans in the Senate and the House over the U.S. military intervention in Libya, The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan. Also, President Obama will address the nation Wednesday about withdrawing troops in Afghanistan.

D.C. Council Reform Proposed By Lawmaker

As the D.C. Council battles questions of unethical or unwise behavior, one member is introducing legislation to deal with some of the issues surrounding the scandals.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Leave Policy For Pregnant Firefighters Questioned By D.C. Council Member

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson is expressing concern over the treatment of pregnant firefighters.

Suspect In Pentagon Scare Appears In Court For A Previous Case

The man from Northern Virginia whose suspicious behavior near the Pentagon prompted a security scare Friday is being held without bond. But according to authorities, his charges are unrelated to the Pentagon investigation.

Mayors Conference Push To End Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

Mayors from across the country are wrapping up their annual conference in Baltimore today, and they’re using their final day to send a message to Congress -- urging members to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Virginia's Exports Increased 8 Percent

Exports of goods and services from Virginia are growing and having a large impact on the state's economy.

Offshore Wind Power Conference Kicks Off In Virginia

Offshore wind power will be the focus of a conference this week in Virginia.

CQ Roll Call: Talks During Obama-Boehner Golf Summit, Congress Appalled At Obama’s Actions On Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including the talks and possible negotiations that went on during President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's golf game last Saturday, and Congress' reactions about Obama's decision regarding Libya.

New Study Urges Parents To Supervise Kids In Portable Pools

In warmer summer weather, more people use portable backyard pools for relief from the heat and as a fun play space for their children. But new figures on drownings in these pools have some experts saying there's cause for concern.

Rep. Van Hollen Continues To Haggle Over Debt Ceiling

Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen is a part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers meeting again this week to try to mend a disagreement on raising the nation's debt ceiling.

Maryland Launches Study On Internet Sales Tax

Maryland officials have commissioned a study to find out just how much tax revenue the state is losing to Internet sales and how to recapture the money.