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Monday, May 16, 2011

Pets Rescued From Tornado Brought To D.C. Shelter

The tornado that devastated Alabama has also wreaked havoc with thousands of pets. The Tuscaloosa animal shelter has seven times more abandoned and hurt animals than usual. Some of those displaced pets are hoping to find a home in the District.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Will Barnet celebrates 100 years, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. gets serious, and Lumina stages Henry VI.

Metro Budget Hearings: What A Difference A Year Makes

This week, Metro will be hashing out its budget for the coming year at six public hearings. The gap this year is less than one-third of last year's.

Consider This: Promoting Renewable Energy

Big news stories seemed to have followed one upon the other in recent weeks, with a result that our attention to each is relatively short-lived. There was the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the uprisings in Egypt and Libya, the huge stories about the death of Osama bin Laden, followed by the record floodings in large parts of our country.

D.C. Council Remains Divided Over Budget Issues

With the clock ticking to pass a balanced budget, members of the D.C. Council held a closed-door meeting to hash out their priorities for next year's spending plan.

Mount Vernon's Dyke Marsh Rapidly Eroding, Warns Environmental Group

A panel of scientists has concluded that Dyke Marsh in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County is eroding by as much as 8 feet each year. Many are concerned that could threatened the delicate balance of a fragile ecosystem.

House Committee Reviews Conditions For Mentally, Physically Ill In Va.

Virginia fell under scrutiny from the Justice Department in February for conditions at its homes for the mentally and physically ill. The House Appropriations Committee heard about the state's progress in a meeting Monday.

Q&A With CQ Roll Call David Hawkings

WAMU's Matt McCleskey talks with editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, David Hawkings, for a preview of the week on Capitol Hill. They discuss the U.S. hitting its debt ceiling and how the dynamic on Capitol Hill will change when Wisconsin Democratic Senator Herb Kohl retires.

Warner Delivers Thanks To Navy SEALs

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is hand-delivering messages of thanks to the Navy today, following the special forces raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

Three Killed In Montgomery County Car Crash

Three people were killed when a car struck a tree in Olney, Md. early Sunday morning. A 20-year-old driver involved in a car crash is facing multiple charges.

Montgomery County Teachers Stage Protest Against Budget Cuts

This week the Montgomery County Council could decide how much money the county's public schools will get next year, and a $100 million budget cut is still on the table.

Major Roadwork Projects In D.C. Region To Overlap This Summer

Transportation officials are warning area commuters to prepare to deal with a variety of road construction projects in all three jurisdictions this summer.

Pay Raises, Full-Day Kindergarten On Agenda For Fairfax Schools Hearings

The Fairfax County Public School board is preparing to make a final decision on whether employees will get a pay raise for the coming fiscal year, and how big that pay raise could be.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Maryland Approves The Use of Deer Birth Control

Maryland has become the first state to approve the use of Gonacon, a birth control product for deer.

Department Of Natural Resources Asks Crabbers to Install Turtle Excluder Devices?

Remember the terrapin when you set out crab pots this year.

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