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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Latest Virginia News

The governor has vetoed a bill that would require public schools to require physical education in elementary and middle schools.

Cherry Blossom Festival Organizers To Hold Fundraising Walk

Organizers of this year's Cherry Blossom Festival are holding a fundraising walk Thursday night to help raise money for the relief effort in Japan.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Power Breakfast: Constitutionality Of The U.S.'s Presence In Libya Questioned

From Capitol News Connection:

Congressman Dennis Kucinich plans to introduce an amendment that would block the use of federal dollars to pay for U.S. military operations in Libya.

Kojo Explores FCPS Discipline Policies With McLean Community

In Virginia, Fairfax County's public school system is struggling to find the perfect balance between safety and fairness when it comes to its discipline policy.

Md. Tap Water Advocates Say No To Bottled Water

One group in Maryland is trying to encourage residents to drink more tap and less bottled water. Advocates say the bottled brand is costly and the water in many cases is just plain old tap water. They have a way to make their point.

Study Abroad Programs In Asia, Middle East Uncertain

The turmoil caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been a challenge for a D.C. company that runs study abroad programs. And Japan isn't the only country the group is worried about.

Redistricting Competition Maps Do 'Something That's Much Different'

While localities across the country redraw district lines after the latest census, 13 colleges in Virginia have been making their own attempts at redistricting in the Commonwealth.

McKinley Principal On Leave Amid Allegations

The principal of a D.C. public high school is being placed on paid adminstrative leave amid allegations of tampering with grades.

Governors Debate Role Of Money In Education Reforms

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) are disagreeing over the role of money in education reform.

O'Malley Offers Changes On Wind Power Bill

A wind power bill in Maryland would force utilities in the state to sign long-term contracts to buy a certain percentage of their power from wind farms, to be built off the shores of Ocean City. Gov. Martin O'Malley is offering an amendment to the bill that would cap the increase consumers would see on their monthly bills because of the contracts at $2.

R. Dwayne Betts: Expanding Boundaries In Prison

Today we begin a new WAMU series on lifelong learning. Each Wednesday we'll have a personal story about a powerful learning experience -- some in and some out of the classroom. Our first story comes from R. Dwayne Betts, a writer and poet, who grew up in Suitland, Md., and tells us that powerful learning can happen in the most unexpected places.

Fired Chipotle Workers Protest At Local Store

A few weeks ago, 40 workers at Chipotle restaurants in Columbia Heights, Woodley Park and Chinatown were fired after the company allegedly found irregularities in their immigration papers. Wednesday, pro-immigrant groups protested outside one of the stores, saying the workers' rights were violated.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Just another day of exceptional dance, theater and art in the Washington area.

Metro Board Chair Wants Answers To Reports Of Improper Lobbying

A former senior Metro executive-turned-lobbyist has allegedly been using his insider contacts on behalf of one of Metro's biggest contractors, according to a private email obtained by WAMU News. Now, the board of directors is asking for answers.

Latest D.C. News

The National Park Service says the peak blooming period for the city's famous cherry blossoms is slightly earlier than previously predicted.

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