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Friday, August 12, 2011

Virginia Asking Residents To Dial 811 Before Digging

The State Corporation Commission is using the date 8-11 to urge residents to dial 811 to contact the state's "Miss Utility" line before performing any digging—as required by state law. The SCC says too many incidents arise where an activity as simple as gardening in the backyard has caused major problems within a region.

Walmart Donates $3 Million For D.C. Job Training

Walmart continues to shower D.C. with donations as it looks to looks break into the market and open several stores, and the latest gift – a $3 million grant for job training -- impressed local leaders.

D.C. Pushes Back Online Gaming Meetings

D.C. continues to tap the breaks on online gambling. City lawmakers now say they will delay community meetings aimed at alleviating concerns about the new law.

Maryland's Highway Administration Wants Small Farm Stand Out

A Maryland farmer is trying to save his small farm after being stuck in a Catch 22 with state highway officials. The dispute comes at a time when the state is promoting local farms.

Chris Van Hollen Named To Special Committee, Likely No Benefits To D.C. Metro Region

A Maryland lawmaker has been named to a special committee in charge of finding ways to reduce the deficit, but his position may not help the region at all.

Strong Regional Representation In Budget Negotiations May Not Help The Region

The region's lawmakers have played key roles in the ongoing congressional budget negotiations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their states are getting any special perks.

Rising Standards Cause More Schools To Fail In Virginia

In Virginia, less than 40 percent of schools met federal standards this year compared to 61 percent last year.

Redskins Look For Answers At Quarterback Heading Into First Preseason Game

The Washington Redskins begin their pre-season schedule tonight with an exhibition against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But one still question hangs over the heads of the Skins faithful: Who will be the Redskins' starting quarterback?

Art Gallery Introduces Five Emerging Artists To D.C. Scene

Five local artists are having a coming-out party of sorts, thanks to the Hamiltonian Gallery.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Virginia Mourns Navy SEALS

Gov. Bob McDonnell has designated Friday as a day of mourning in Virginia for the 30 members of the U.S. military who died after their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, reports AP.

Md. Rep Stands Against Chimp Research

Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) is sponsoring legislation to phase out invasive research on chimpanzees. Bartlett, a Republican, wrote about his opposition to research that harms the animals in an opinion page article in today's New York Times.

Census Reports Increase In Maryland's Gay Population

There are nearly 17,000 gay couples in the state of Maryland, according to new data released by the United States Census Bureau. That's a 50 percent increase from a decade ago.

Maryland Rolls Out Phone-Based Traffic Alerts

Motorists in Maryland can now receive up-to-the-minute traffic information through a new phone system.

Robyn Gardner's Mother Praying For Her Safe Return

The mother of a woman who disappeared during a trip to Aruba tells the Associated Press the family is hoping for the best outcome and praying she'll be with them soon.

Advocates Seek Continued Funding For Farmers' Markets

Advocates for farmers markets say locally-sourced fruits and vegetables aren't just adding flavor to our refrigerators, they also spice up our economy. But supporters worry federal grants for farmers markets could soon disappear.

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