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Monday, May 16, 2011

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.

D.C. Left To Wonder: Was Sulaimon Brown Telling The Truth About Gray Campaign?

The D.C. Council's investigation into the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray's administration is over for now, but the central question of that inquiry remains unanswered.

Lyme Disease Group Warns Of Rising Tick Population

The D.C. metro region is experiencing a spike in its tick population, and that could mean an increase in cases of a very troublesome disease.

Employment Program Helps Veterans Transition Into Civilian Life

The region is home to thousands of veterans, and some are still struggling to get back into civilian life.

Commentary By Walter Smith: Cleaning Up The Anacostia River

For years, organizations and local lawmakers have struggled to find ways to restore the Anacostia River – which has long suffered from pollution. Commentator Walter Smith, executive director of the nonprofit D.C. Appleseed says it's time for the federal government to step up efforts to clean up the river and surrounding communities.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

VA Medical Center Offering Employment Assistance To Veterans

Area veterans who are still transitioning into civilian life are getting some assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.

P.G. County Exec. Rushern Baker Nominates Police And Fire Chiefs

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has nominated Acting Police Chief Mark Magaw to permanently take the job as county police chief.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Northrop Grumman To Cut 200, Mostly In Baltimore

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman says it plans to lay off about 200 employees, mostly in the Baltimore region.

McDonnell Says Asia Trade Mission Will Result In Business Deals

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says the trade mission to China is expected to result in future business deals between the two sides.

Gas Company Cutting Down Rockville Residents' Trees

Some residents in Rockville, Md. say living with an easement can be hard.

U.S. Air Force Grounds Ocean City Air Show Headliner

In Maryland, one of the two headlining acts for this years Ocean City Air Show has been grounded indefinitely by the U.S. Air Force.

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