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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mountain Lion Siting In Loudoun County

Residents of Round Hill, Va., believe they've seen and heard a mountain lion in their midst, according to reports.

Two Northern Virginia Congressmen Decry Debt Deal

The region's U.S. House lawmakers split their votes on whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Va. Senator Seeking Seat On Debt Ceiling 'Super Committee'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the deal struck over the weekend to resolve the debt-ceiling standoff "dodged a bullet," but Congress must follow up by enacting a broader solution to the federal government's debt problems.

Fungus Pushes Frogs Towards Extinction

It's been called a crisis in amphibian biology: more than a third of amphibian species are at risk of extinction. Habitat loss and climate change are both causes, but so is an invasive disease that's been called the smallpox of the amphibian world. Researchers from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland recently traveled to Panama to try to help limit the effects of the disease.

D.C. Offers 'Safe Surrender' Days For People With Outstanding Warrants

The District is offering fugitives with outstanding warrants for non-violent crimes the chance to turn themselves in during the city's "Safe Surrender" program later this month.

Va. Lieutenant Governor To Lead Romney's Virginia Campaign

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will get some help in Virginia from one of the state's top party leaders. Lieutenant Governor Bob Bolling (R) will serve as the chairman of Romney's Virginia campaign.

Miracle Field Accommodates Children Of All Abilities

Baseball is known as America's pastime, but physical and mental disabilities may keep some would-be athletes from enjoying it. But at the newly opened Miracle Field in Germantown, no one has to be left out.

New Park And Ride Open In Loudoun County

A new state of the art park and ride lot is now open in Loudoun County.

Montgomery County Council Will Set Dates To Replace Leslie Johnson

The Prince George's County Council is planning a special election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Leslie Johnson.

New Lawsuit To Challenge Maryland’s 'DREAM Act' On Ballot

A new lawsuit in Maryland is challenging the state's referendum on offering in-state tuition to some undocumented immigrants.

Lobby Calls on Congress To Prevent D.C. Pest Dumping

Lobbyists for pest control companies are calling on members of Congress to de-fund a new law regulating the capture of wild animals that find their way into D.C. homes.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Amnesty For Overdue Parking Tickets In D.C. Off To Good Start

Drivers in the District with overdue parking tickets are taking advantage of the city's amnesty program that kicked off today.

Voters Express Anger As House Prepares To Vote On Debt Ceiling

Lawmakers have been getting an earful from angry voters, and that extended to the House floor today where nine protestors were arrested in the gallery after chanting their opposition to the compromise measure on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

Alexandria Police Begin Issuing Tickets To Red Light Camera Violators

While drivers in D.C. are getting a break, police in Alexandria are cracking down, and beginning today, those red light tickets will cost you.

Sewage Overflows Have Declined Following Court Settlement

The sewer and water commission for the Washington suburbs of Maryland says sewage overflows are down sharply following a 2005 court settlement with federal and state environmental regulators and environmental groups.

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