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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Maryland Officials Battling Over Land Control And Development

State and local officials in Maryland are battling over a plan to slow the rate of land development.

Virginia To Decide How To Fund Next Year's Unemployment Benefits

Virginia owes $20.2 million in interest to the federal government on money borrowed to fund extended unemployment benefits. The state must now decide how to fund next year's unemployment benefits, and their decision could impact employers who pay into the trust fund.

Surfing Organization Helps Raise Autism Awareness in Ocean City

In Maryland, more than a hundred autistic children gathered on the beach in Ocean City this week to experience the feeling of catching a wave thanks to the organization, Surfer's Healing.

Zoo Experiment Sheds New Light on Animal Intelligence

The National Zoo's Don Moore says people often have the wrong idea about elephants. They’re a lot smarter than we think.

Chain Bridge Closed This Weekend

The Chain Bridge connecting Northern Virginia and the District is closed this weekend for repair work.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Low Turnout Expected In Virginia Primaries

In Virginia, voters will be heading to the polls on Tuesday for primary elections, but turnout is expected to be low.

Students Gear Up For First Day At Renovated Wilson High School

Woodrow Wilson High School will begin the academic year with an almost 400,000 square foot building which has been completed modernized.

9/11 Ride Makes Its Way Through Northern Virginia

The motorcycle tribute to 9/11 victims is making its way through Northern Virginia.

Virginia Reports $545M Surplus For FY 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says the commonwealth ended the last fiscal year with a surplus of nearly $545 million -- a bigger surplus than previously expected.

Georgetown Basketball Team And Chinese Team Attempt To Reconcile After Brawl

A day after getting into a brawl that ended an exhibition game in Beijing, the Georgetown men's basketball team and a Chinese team attempted to bury the hatchet.

UVA Researcher Looks At Banks' Effects On Neighborhoods

It might seem obvious that banks are attracted to wealthy areas, but it turns out, they may also help make communities safer and more prosperous. To learn more about that relationship, a researcher at the University of Virginia has been studying what happens when banks leave poor areas, and why credit unions and banks can pay big neighborhood dividends.

Elephant At National Zoo Can Solve Problems

Over in the Zoo's elephant house, Kandula is busy bowing and curtsying to a trainer's commands.

Youth Voices: Rohjanae Mathis

No matter whether it's feathered, permed or stick-straight, hair is an important element when it comes to style. But for commentator Rohjanae Mathis, her new "do" means so much more. Rohjanae talks about how she learned to embrace her natural beauty, and in turn gain a new found freedom.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters To Climb 110 Floors To Honor 9/11 First Responders

As part of a commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks tomorrow, firefighters in Montgomery County will climb 110 stories -- the height of the twin towers.

Two Virginia Editorial Cartoonists' Thoughts On The Industry

Maybe it's the first page you turn to when you open a newspaper, or the first link you click on as you check the paper online. Editorial cartoons get people talking, but fewer and fewer newspapers are employing cartoonists full time, as dwindling circulations lead to layoffs.

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