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Monday, March 14, 2011

Power Breakfast: Lobbying And Its Lack Of Transparency

From Capitol News Connection:

There's no shortage of suggestions, ideas and entreaties to fix Washington's lobbying system.

Public Hearing Scheduled For Later Today On DCPS Budget

With a number of schools in the district facing major budget cuts, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is holding a public hearing today to give students, parents, teachers and others a chance offer their input in the process.

Demand For Public Assistance Grows In Arlington

Arlington County, Va., is known as a wealthy community. But 10 percent of the county is on public assistance -- and the needs are growing every day.

The Sinking Islands Of The Chesapeake: Poplar Island

The Chesapeake Bay area has some of the highest rates of sea-level rise on the East Coast due to a combination of rising sea and sinking ground. At least three islands in the Chesapeake Bay have completely disappeared, and many more are on their way out. But at least one is actually making a comeback: Poplar Island, Md.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Maryland Gay Rights Group 'Will Continue To Fight'

A Maryland-based gay rights organization says they don't feel defeated by the House of Delegates' decision to send the same-sex marriage bill back to committee.

Fairfax Rescue Team Heads to Japan

Fairfax County's elite Urban Search and Rescue Team will help with the search and relief efforts following the quake and tsunami in Japan.

Public Invited To Remember Last Doughboy

Army Cpl. Frank Buckles, died at the age of 110 in February. People who want to pay their respects to the last American veteran of World War I will be able to do in Washington, D.C.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Gay Marriage Bill Sent Back To Committee

In Maryland, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state is dead after delegates refused to vote on it Friday.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

"Morning Edition" host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the week's top stories, including ongoing allegations against the campaign of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the mayor's decision to take the "interim" off Kaya Henderson's title as D.C. schools chancellor.

Earthquake In Japan Causes Tsunami In The Pacific

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck north of Tokyo, the largest Japanese earthquake in recorded history. It's caused massive fires throught the country, and problems at at least one nuclear power plant. Japan's chief cabinet secretary says the plant is not leaking radiation, but thousands of residents near the power plant are being evacuated.

Power Breakfast: 727 Million Barrels Of Oil In The Well

727 million barrels of oil in the well. 727 million barrels of oil. Take one down, pass it around - 726 million barrels of oil in the well...

WTU President: Fired Teachers Deserve More Than Back Pay, Jobs

The head of the Washington Teachers Union, Nathan Saunders, says the 75 teachers fired while they were on probation should not just be reinstated and given back, pay as an arbitrator recently ruled. He wants them to be able to get damages as well.

The Ins And Outs Of Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is a big job, especially in big counties, like Fairfax, in Virginia.

Catania Calls Council Draft Report On Gray Hiring A "Whitewash"

In the District, questions of nepotism, steep salaries, and questionable hires continue to hound Mayor Vincent Gray and his new administration. And sparks flew at a city council meeting looking at these issues and how the council should respond.

Muslim Community Says Hearings Structured Unfairly

Representative Peter King's Homeland Security hearings on radicalization are drawing intense reactions from some members of the Muslim community in the D.C. area. Some say these hearings overlook one, very important fact.

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