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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Virginia Offers $5,000 Merit Grants To Teachers

Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell and the Virginia Department of Education are rolling out a new teacher merit-pay plan that invites some districts to compete for grants to award teachers in 'hard-to-staff' schools.

Protections For Same-Sex Adoption Rejected By Va. Board

The Virginia Board of Social Services has rejected proposed regulations that would have prohibited adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents because they're gay.

D.C. Council Member Wants Businesses To Help Combat Truancy

A D.C. Council report finds nearly one in seven high school students are chronically truant. Now one council member is asking local businesses to play a bigger role in keeping young people in school.

$150 Million For U.S. 1 Too Late To Help With Fall BRAC Traffic

Leaders in Northern Virginia are congratulating their congressmen for securing $150 million to help with the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closure process. But a meeting Wednesday underscored how much work is left to be done.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Theater for the short attention set, identity art, and an evening with Margueritte.

For Flooded Businesses, Reopening Seems Far Away

Three days after the Potomac flooded the Washington Harbour complex, the company that manages the property says they're working around the clock to reinstate full operations. But restaurant and shop owners say they are no closer to knowing when they'll be back in business or why the flood gates that could have prevented the flooding were not in place.

After Escape, Authorities Double Overnight Staff At New Beginnings

Authorities in D.C. say they are doubling the overnight staff at the juvenile detention center where a teenage inmate escaped after assaulting a guard.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer Dead At 89

William Donald Schaefer, who had served as both Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor during a lengthy political career, has died. He was 89.

Schaefer will lie in repose Monday at the State House in Annapolis and next Tuesday at Baltimore's City Hall.

Georgetown Waterfront Cleanup Still Underway

Crews are still working furiously to pump out the lower level of the Washington Harbor complex on the Georgetown waterfront, after last night's high tide once again flooded the area.

Power Breakfast: Social Insecurity

From Capitol New Connection -- Until now, Social Security has mostly stayed out of the budget fray. That's likely to change, however, when Congress reconvenes in May.

This story is the first installment in a two-part "Social Insecurity" series.

Va. Redistricting: Prince William Co. Chair Slams State Plan

In Virginia, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart continues to be one of the loudest critics of the redistricting plans emerging from Virginia's General Assembly. In Prince William County, he'd rather see the state go with something closer to his board's strategy for resetting voting districts.

D.C., Nationals Still Wrangling Over Late-Night Metro

Better hope the next Nationals home game doesn't go to extra innings.

The baseball team and the District have yet to hammer out an agreement over who foots the bill for any after-hours Metro trains.

Montgomery County Switches On Solar Power

Officials in Montgomery County now have more than one reason to pray for sunny days. (Actually, they have 1,250.)

The county marked the installation of its first solar power panels on government buildings Monday afternoon.

Federal Funding Aims To Alleviate BRAC Traffic in Md., Va.

Maryland's Montgomery County and portions of Northern Virginia are set to receive $300 million in federal funding to relieve the congestion expected to result from U.S. military's upcoming base closure and realignment.

Unions Protest Dulles Rail Press Conference

Local politicians in Northern Virginia want non-union contractors to be able to work on the Dulles Metrorail project, and that view is making union activists furious.

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