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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thomas' Economic Development Committee Holds Rare Private Meeting

D.C.'s attorney general is suing Council member Harry Thomas Jr. for alleged misuse of $300,000 in city funds, but Thomas insists he will fight the charge. Now Thomas is facing questions about his future.

Maryland Will Study Marcellus Shale Drilling

The state of Maryland will study drilling techniques, including fracking, to be used to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation in the state.

FBI Seeks Info On 2010 Shootings Targeting Military Facilities

It's been more than six months without resolution in a series of shootings aimed at military facilities in Northern Virginia. Now, authorities are making a new appeal to find the persons responsible.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, June 6, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Medicare Changes, Diamond Withdraws Fed Nomination, Santorum Running For Republican Presidential Nomination

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including democratic senators request to leave Medicare unchanged, Nobel-prize winning economist Peter Diamond withdrawing his nomination to the Federal Reserve Board of Governor, and Former senator Rick Santorum's plans to announce his run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Democratic Senators Asking Biden To Leave Medicare Unchanged

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is one of five Democratic senators calling on Vice President Joe Biden to leave Medicare unchanged during ongoing budget negotiations.

Lt. Gov. Bolling Optimistic About Virginia's Job Force

Virginia's Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says he remains optimistic about the continued growth of Virginia's workforce. He recently spoke to business leaders in Roanoke about creating jobs and investing in the economy.

Power's Back On, But Pepco Still Working On North Capitol Street

The power outage that affected several blocks of North Capitol Street for several days last week is still causing problems in the neighborhood, with several roads expected to be closed throughout the day while Pepco continues its work.

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