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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Power Breakfast: House Science Committee Reviews Airport Security Program

From Capitol News Connection: The airport security tool in question doesn't undress you with its electronic eyes or pat you down with a gloved hand. The program known as SPOT, which stands for Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, relies on behavior detection.

Maryland School Workers Rally To Oppose Budget Cuts

On Tuesday evening, in Montgomery County, Md., hundreds of teachers, school administrators and parents rallied outside the County Council building in advance of a public hearing on the county's budget.

Kaine Announces Senate Run With Web Video

In Virginia, former governor and current Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine has announced a run for U.S. Senate.

Potential Federal Shutdown Would Hurt Virginia Economy, Leaders Say

It's not just residents and businesses inside the D.C. city limits that will be affected by a federal government shutdown, should it come to that.

Clifton Group Moving Forward With Charter School Application

The historic town of Clifton, in Fairfax County, Va., is preparing for the last few months of the town's elementary school.

Federal Shutdown Would Cause Cut In D.C. Services

In the District, leaders are warning residents to brace for a huge drop-off in city services if the federal government shuts down.

Audit Finds Mistakes With Kwame Brown's 2008 Campaign Finances

An audit by the city’s campaign finance office finds a number of discrepancies with D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown’s 2008 campaign finance records.

Pr. George's Police Officer Reaches Plea Agreement

A former Prince George's County police officer accused of trafficking black market alcohol and cigarettes has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Intercounty Connector E-ZPass Grace Period Ends

Starting Wednesday, drivers will have to have an E-ZPass device to ride the Intercounty Connector highway in Maryland. Any driver who enters the ICC toll highway without an E-ZPass transponder will be fined.

Dulles Airport Metro Station Prompts Political Maneuvering

Some serious political maneuvering is taking place in Northern Virginia over the location of a Metro station at Dulles International Airport.

'Tysons Corner' Becomes Official Mailing Address

Tysons Corner, Va., is not only getting new Metrorail stations, but also its own designation by the U.S. Postal Service.

Data On Middle School Achievement Gap Provides Mixed Picture

New data shows that the achievement gap between middle school students in Maryland and Virginia who score proficient on national tests is decreasing, while the gap between students scoring advanced is getting wider.

Liz Lerman: Discovering 'The Intersection Of Art And Real Life'

Liz Lerman -- a choreographer, performer, writer and teacher -- had a learning experience that challenged her assumptions about her own work.

Metro Prepares For Possible Government Shutdown

As the possibility of a federal government shutdown looms, Metro says it is preparing to make adjustments in the case of a substantial drop in ridership.

Stink Bug Threat Has States Asking For Expanded Pesticide Options

Scientists representing seven states, including Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to change rules on certain pesticides to allow farmers to better fight stink bugs.

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