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Friday, June 3, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Music, music, and more music to welcome another Washington summer.

Jury Still Out on Endocrine Disruptors, Research Continues

Endocrine disruptors – chemicals that mimic hormones – come from pharmaceuticals and detergents that degrade in the water. They've been linked to intersex fish in the Potomac, but it's not known if they're affecting people.

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Murder After Woman And Baby Found Dead

A police officer in the District has been charged with murdering a woman in Prince George's County, Md.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

What Chinese Drug Company's Move Could Mean For Md.

Maryland's governor, Martin O'Malley, announced Thursday that a Chinese pharmaceutical company called the Tasly Group is investing $40 million in a new facility in Montgomery County. WAMU's Rebecca Blatt spoke with Bill Marcus, a freelance reporter covering the announcement in Shanghai, about its significance.

D.C. Council Looks To Overhaul Treatment Of Troubled Teens

In response to last year's mass shooting on South Capitol Street in Southeast Washington, the D.C. Council is looking at overhauling how the city screens and treats young people with behavior problems.

Judges Ask Whether Health Care Lawsuit Is Premature

Both sides in the legal battle over the Obama administration's health care overhaul in Virginia agree that a federal appeals court has jurisdiction to decide the case. Now judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has asked for additional briefs.

Peru's Election To Affect Traffic in Falls Church Sunday

Expatriates are expected to gather in parts in Falls Church for absentee voting in Peru's presidential election Sunday. The crowds are expected to cause gridlock around the area.

Virginia Commission Stepping Up Efforts To Create Public Safety Memorial

A commission in Richmond is stepping up efforts to create a monument that pays tribute to public safety officials who have been killed in the line of duty. Recent events have made members of the Public Safety Memorial Commission more determined than ever, they say.

Quiet Gaithersburg Neighborhood Shaken By 12-Year-Old's Murder

As police investigators in Montgomery County, Maryland continue to search for suspects in the murder of a 12-year old Jessica Nguyen, some residents in the community say they are growing concerned about safety.

Montgomery County's Aging Population Growing Rapidly

Census figures show that the aging population in Montgomery County is growing quickly, with no signs of slowing down. The shift could mean some interesting changes for the area's housing market.

City, Federal Agencies Closed Again Due To Power Outage

A power outage along North Capitol Street in the District is still affecting almost 1,900 customers, and agencies with offices in the area are closed again today.

O'Malley Meets With Tasly Group On Economic Trip To Asia

A Chinese company that makes traditional medicine pills said to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease is investing $40 million in Maryland.

D.C. May Be Without Breathalyzer Program Until Next Spring

Authorities in D.C. say it could take another nine months before the city's breathalyzer program is up-and-running again. At least one official is concerned that without this key law enforcement tool, the city could see more drunken drivers.

D.C. Businesses Offer Free Refills On Water Bottles

A new program in the District is urging residents to drink water sustainably.

LaHood Meeting On Dulles Rail Yields No Agreement

The partners working to build an extension of Metrorail to Dulles Airport are deeply divided, and their funding agreement is on the verge of collapse. Now, the federal government is stepping in.

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