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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ministers arrested for protest in Capitol Rotunda

Ahead of a House vote tonight to raise the nation's debt ceiling, a group of faith leaders have been arrested for protesting the legislation.

Local Board of Trade Informs, But Can't Reassure Local Businesses

The Greater Washington Board of Trade gathered today to discuss the effects on local businesses of a federal default. Attendees found the meeting informative, but not reassuring.

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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mount Ranier Cop Indicted For Attemped Murder

Gene Gillette, a police officer in Mount Rainier, Md., is due in court today after being indicted for attempted murder and sex offense charges in relation to a shooting in Capitol Heights earlier this month.

9/11 Memorials Prepare For 10-Year Anniversary

Managers of the memorial sites to the 9/11 terrorist attacks are now preparing for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, and some of them gathered at the National Building Museum last night to talk about the challenges of creating something both timely and timeless.

Debt Ceiling: Va. Governor Urges Lawmakers To Find Common Ground

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says a federal default will cause the Commonwealth to lose its AAA bond rating for the first time in 75 years.

Outside Planned Parenthood, Client Escorts And Abortion Opponents Clash

Each day, women walk into abortion clinics in the District. Some seek advice; others will enter and terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Almost all will be approached by someone who will try to persuade them not to enter the clinic, and one local group is trying to counter that effort.

Heat Wave Killed 3 People In Maryland Last Week

The heat wave that oppressed the D.C. area for most of last week killed three people in Maryland, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Virginia Lawmakers Try To Bridge Workforce Skills Gap

While tens of thousands of Virginia workers say they can't find jobs, many Virginia business owners say they can't find workers with the right qualifications. Now, state lawmakers are looking at way to narrow that gap.

DCPS Chancellor Says 'Hopes And Dreams' Campaign Will Bring Community Together

D.C.'s Public Schools are almost at the end of their "Hopes and Dreams" campaign where residents have been asked to share their opinion of what DCPS should look like in the future.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The nature of Rock Bottom, eclectic sounds courtesy of Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and culture through clay.

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.

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