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Monday, July 11, 2011

Top Environmental Officials To Discuss Restoration Of Chesapeake Bay

The nation's top environmental official and several governors from Chesapeake Bay watershed states are gathering in Richmond to size up progress in the restoration of the bay.

Water Main Work Closes A Lane On Canal Road Until September

The District's Water and Sewer Authority begins construction on a 48-inch water main today, which will close one eastbound lane of Canal Road until September.

CQ Roll Call: Back To Drawing Board On Deficit Reduction Talks, Calif. Special Election

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews David Hawkings, editor of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, on the continued stalmate on the federal debt limit, where President Obama goes from here, and a special election happening tomorrow in California.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

NASA To Send Experimental Rockets Into Orbit

A day after launching its last shuttle into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida -- NASA hopes to send experimental rockets into orbit from Virginia's Eastern shore.

Protesters Against U.S. Involvement In Libya Voiced Opposition In Front Of White House

U.S. involvement in the Libyan war sparked dueling protests in front of the White House Saturday.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Justice Dept. Exempts Rappahannock County From Requirements Of Federal Voting Rights Act

The Justice Department has agreed to exempt Rappahannock County from the pre-clearance requirements of the federal Voting Rights Act.

Virginia Considering Other Options to Fund Secondary Roads

The study shows that while most other states paid for 15 percent or less of their secondary roads, Virginia pays for nearly 97 percent, ranking it highest among all states.

Columbia Heights Triple Shooting Leaves Two Dead

Two people are dead after a triple shooting in Columbia Heights Saturday morning.

Farm Runoff Is A Significant Polluter Of Bay

Runoff from farms is one significant polluter of the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Redistricting Committee To Hold 12 Public Meetings

Maryland residents will have at least 12 opportunities to weigh in on how the state will redraw its political districts.

Maryland Lawmakers Hope To Restore Funding For Generation Space Telescope

Some local lawmakers are up in arms over plans to cut funding for the next generation space telescope.

D.C.P.S. 2011 Standardized Test Scores Have Been Released

This year's standardized test results are in. The District's traditional and charter public schools posted slight gains at the secondary school level, but there was virtually no change at the elementary school level.

D.C. Named One Of The Most Sustainable Cities In North America

Washington, D.C. is one of the most sustainable cities in North America, according to a study commissioned by the Siemens Corporation.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Results For The 2011 Standardized Test Scores For D.C.P.S. Have Been Released

The preliminary results of the 2011 standardized tests for D.C. Public Schools has been released. While there have been increases at the secondary school level, this is the second year elementary school scores have fallen.

Castleton Farms Brings Unique Music Festival To Rappahannock County, Va.

The winding roads of Rappahannock County in Virginia are scenic and sparsely populated -- with approximately 26 people per square mile. But each summer the number swells by about a thousand people per day, as visitors and participants converge on a unique summer festival called Castleton Farms.

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