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Monday, July 18, 2011

Balanced Budget Amendment Comes To House Floor Tuesday

The region's lawmakers are preparing to debate a controversial balanced budget amendment this week.

Va.'s Emergency Loan Program Deadline Is July 22

Homeowners in Virginia who have fallen behind on their mortgages have a few days left to apply for a HUD sponsored emergency program that gives interest-free, forgivable loans to unemployed and underemployed residents.

DCPS Teacher Evaluations Not Yet Affecting Test Scores

D.C. Public Schools' new teacher evaluation system, known as IMPACT, will lead to increases in test scores, but not until next year, says schools chancellor Kaya Henderson.

Homeless To Rehab Houses In D.C.'s 'Sweat Equity' Program

The District is rolling out an innovative program, the "sweat equity program," to boost the city's housing stock for the homeless and at the same help the unemployed find work.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Emergency Drill At Virginia Nuclear Plant

Some officials in Virginia will soon find out how effective their emergency procedures are. An emergency drill will be held this week at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant.

African American Civil War Museums Reopens This Week

A weekend of festivities is accompanying the reopening of The African American Civil War Museum in D.C.

Murder Suspect James Dean Brewer Back In Police Custody

A man charged with first-degree murder who allegedly swapped identities with another prisoner and walked out of a Washington courthouse is back in custody.

Advocacy Groups Urge D.C. Council To Restore Funding To Housing Production Trust

Advocacy groups are pushing D.C. officials to restore millions of dollars to help low income tenants purchase their buildings.

New Web Tool Helps Maximize Retirement Benefits

The country's economic problems have forced many people to delay retirement. The AARP now has a tool on its website that helps people decide the best time to retire.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

James Dean Brewer Back In Custody After Escaping

Police say James Dean Brewer, the suspect that escaped from custody Saturday morning, has been recaptured.

New Smartphone App Aims To Hook In Fishermen

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is offering a new smartphone application that will help fishermen identify their catch or locate nearby boat ramps or recreation areas.??

Manassas Brims With Anticipation of Sesquicentennial

In less than a week, Manassas, Va. will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas and the start of the Civil War.

Another Setback In Obama Administration's Crackdown On Leaks To Media

A former senior spy agency official has been sentenced to probation and community service for leaking information about a federal espionage program.

McDonnell Continues To Plead With Pentagon Over BRAC Moves

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) is once again pleading with the Pentagon to delay moving thousands of its employees to the Mark Center in Alexandria.

New Operations Center In Montgomery County To Have Green Roof

Green roofs are becoming a common addition to new buildings throughout the region.

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