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Sunday, October 16, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 17

The bee's knees and LGBT film.

Thousands Gather For MLK Dedication

After a nearly two-month postponement due to Hurricane Irene, thousands of people gathered for the Martin Luther King Jr. dedication ceremony.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Report Reveals Big Wage Gap In Virginia

A decline in middle-income jobs has led to a big wage disparity between Virginia's top and lowest earners.

Fall Fire Season Starts In Virginia

The cool winds and dry, crispy leaves signify autumn. It's also a time when the risk of fire spreading is the greatest.

Ceremony Marks Catoctin Aqueduct Restoration

A new structure in the C&O Canal National Historical Park is expected to draw thousands of visitors.

Amtrak Ridership Hits Record 30M

amtrak train

Amtrak reached its highest total ridership since it started its operations in 1971.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Arlington Cab Companies Want Fare Hikes


Think you're paying too much for transportation already? Arlington cab companies are pushing for an increase in rates.

CQ Roll Call: Obama's Michigan Trip, A GOP Jobs Bill, And Public Works

President Obama is taking a trip to a GM plant in Michigan with the South Korean president -- David Hawkings weighs in on this and other political happenings in Washington D.C.

WaPo's McCartney: Disagreements On Md. Redistricting, Occupy DC Continues, No D.C. Gun Law Changes

Lawmakers turn down a gun law amendment, while Occupy DC protesters continue rallying in the city.

Virginia Governor Looks For More Support For Small Biz

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is looking for input from small business owners on how the state can better support them.

Metro Track Work Scheduled On Four Lines

Four of Metro's five rail lines will be affected by track work this weekend -- only the green line will be running as scheduled. The work will be halted in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication, however. 

Metro Adds Security At Suitland Station After Robberies

More Metro police officers will be patrolling the Suitland Metro station on the Green line after a string of robberies there during the past few weeks.

Va. Senators Aim To Expand Historic Schools Program

A bill in Congress would expand an historic schools renovation program, but some Virginia school officials say it needs to be easier to get school buildings declared historic in the first place.

Maryland Launches Waste-To-Energy Initiative

Maryland is looking into the possibility of getting some of its energy from an unusual source: animal waste. 

D.C. Concealed Gun Bill Defeated

Gun in holster under jacket

A bill that would have allowed out-of-state resdients to carry their licensed, concealed weapons in the District has been defeated by a House committee.