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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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.

Local Smokers Doubt Impact Of New Cigarette Labels

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled several new warning labels Tuesday that graphically depict the negative effects of tobacco use. But local smokers and health professionals have doubts about whether the labels will make a major difference.

Manassas Park Seeks Exemption From Parts Of Voting Rights Act, Gets Support

The Justice Department is supporting a legal effort by the Virginia city of Manassas Park that would grant relief from portions of the Voting Rights Act.

D.C. Council Looks To Restore Public's Confidence

With several unresolved scandals among the District's politicians, two more D.C. Council members have offered suggestions for improvement.

For Some In D.C., Greening Infrastructure Proves Frustrating

When it comes to slowing down pollution, nature can sometimes do a better job than humans or machines. There's a place in Northeast D.C. where that idea is being used to filter stormwater.

Kaya Henderson Confirmed As D.C. Schools Chancellor

It's official: Kaya Henderson is D.C.'s permanent schools chief. Henderson was confirmed Tuesday by a unanimous vote at the D.C. Council.

No Child Left Behind: Education Secretary Says He Will Act If Congress Doesn't

The U.S. secretary of education says if Congress doesn't reauthorize No Child Left Behind, he'll deal with schools directly. The announcement has ruffled some feathers in Virginia.

D.C. Drinking Water Satisfies Standards But Quality Can Vary

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has released its 2010 drinking water quality report. The results will be sent to every household in the District.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

It's summer and the District has the art, music and existentialism to prove it.

Kwame Brown's Brother Filed For Bankruptcy Before Release Of April Audit

Court records show that Che Brown, the brother of D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown and a key figure in the scandal surrounding Kwame Brown's 2008 election campaign, filed for bankruptcy in March.

Aerial Boardwalk Tram Proposal Pulled In Ocean City

Proponents of a proposal to construct a monorail-like tram 85 feet above the Ocean City Boardwalk have withdrawn the idea after developers met with city officials.

Virginia's Education Secretary Heads South

Virginia's education secretary, Gerard Robinson, is leaving the Commonwealth for Florida.

Water Outage Still Affecting 700 In Baltimore

Approximately 700 customers in East Baltimore who have been without water since Saturday will have to wait a little longer for service after repairs to a water main break failed to hold.

Monday, June 20, 2011

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.

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