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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Enrollment Jumps In D.C. For Charter, Public Schools

For the first time ever in D.C.'s history, enrollment in both the city's charter schools and traditional public schools has increased.

Economy Delays Transmission Line Construction

A proposed electrical transmission line that would've stretched from West Virginia to Maryland and northern Virginia is being delayed.

Push For Top-Grade Septic Systems Faces Resistance

In Maryland, a key legislator is recommending that a measure to ban septic systems for new major subdivisions be delayed.

Basic Needs Exceed Income For Many Virginians

Researchers from the University of Virginia say 24.2 percent of Virginians earn less than the amount needed to cover basic expenses.

Maryland GOP Expected To Propose Additional Cuts

Maryland House Republicans will be outlining plans to make deeper spending cuts in the state budget Tuesday afternoon.

UDC President Talks About His Vision

Allen Sessoms, president of the University of the District of Columbia, has been working to improve the university's image.

Business Leaders Prepare For Federal Shutdown

Local business leaders are meeting at the Greater Washington Board of Trade to go over the potential impact of a federal government shutdown.

Commentary By Andy Shallal: Local Businesses Say No To Walmart

Walmart is planning to open four new stores in the District by 2012. The company says it will create more than 1,000 jobs and offer discounted goods in underserved areas. But commentator Andy Shallal, chairman of Think Local First D.C. Business Alliance, says members of the small business community are opposing the move.

UDC Seeks To Attract Top Students With AP Credit

The University of the District of Columbia is partnering with D.C. Public Schools to try to appeal to high-achieving students.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Council Wants More Oversight For City-Leased Vehicles

Following the controversy in D.C. surrounding the city council chairman's pair of city-leased luxurious SUVs, several council members are calling for greater oversight of taxpayer-funded vehicles.

Cheh Wants Closer Look At Salary Increases Of Gray Staff

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh says she wants to find out more about the steep salary increases that some of Mayor Vincent Gray's top staffers have received.

Va. Climate Case Creates Unease, Even Among Climate Skeptics

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is awaiting a decision from the state's Supreme Court on his efforts to investigate former University of Virginia climate professor Michael Mann.

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