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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Debt Ceiling: Md. Treasurer On State Impacts Of A Federal Default

Lawmakers are beginning yet another day of work on plans to raise the debt ceiling and cut the federal deficit. As the country approaches a possible default, local and state leaders in the D.C. area are watching very closely. Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp talked to WAMU's Matt McCleskey about what these negotiations could mean for Maryland.

Two Big Names Gone From Redskins' Roster

The Redskins opened training camp in Ashton, Va. today, but two big names were not with the team.

Virginia Budget Problems Could Affect Domestic Violence Prevention Programs

Virginia's Domestic Violence Prevention Board has drawn up proposals on ways to curb the number of attacks, but budget problems could delay implementation.

Bethesda Metro Escalators To Be Replaced In 2014

Malfunctioning Metro escalators often cause headaches for commuters, but the transit agency has plans to make things better at the Bethesda station.

Federal Default Would Hit The District Especially Hard

As the debt ceiling crisis escalates on Capitol Hill, concerns are growing about the impact of a possible default on the District government and the thousands of federal employees who live in the area.

Prince William County Looks To Address Hoarding

Prince William County has created a new task force to deal with the problem of hoarding, and get to the root of this detrimental disorder.

Parking, Traffic Ticket Amnesty In D.C. Starts Aug. 1

Drivers who owe traffic fines in D.C. are getting a break next month, as Mayor Vincent Gray is offering a temporary amnesty.

Catholic Clergy Members Get Early Look At MLK Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial won't be unveiled for another month, but one group had the chance to get a sneak peek at it yesterday.

Walter Reed Closure May Be Felt Most Along Georgia Ave.

After more than a century of providing medical care to wounded warriors, Walter Reed Army Medical Center is ending its mission. The change leaves some of its longtime neighbors wondering what's next.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Five siblings bring their fifty fingers to Wolf Trap, plus familiar sounds and scenes.

Poultry Waste Having Negative Impact On Local Waterways

As poultry consumption continues to rise, some worry about the effects of all that chicken waste on the local environment.

Redskins Players Face Lighter Workload As Training Camp Opens

Now that the NFL lockout is over, the Washington Redskins will open up training camp in Ashburn, Va. today.
There's going to be something different about this year's camp:

National Gallery Conservators Painstakingly Revive Works Of Art

Carol Christensen is a conservator at the National Gallery of Art, but she wouldn't want you to notice her work; if you did, that would mean she's doing a bad job.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Medical Marijuana Advocates Call For Implementation Of D.C.'s Program

Medical Marijuana advocates say D.C. officials are moving too slowly in implementing the city's medical marijuana program.

Walter Reed Closing Ceremony Lowers Flag For Last Time

The military hospital that has tended to privates and patients for more than a century is closing its doors. There was a flag casing ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center today -- signaling its imminent closure.

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