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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

FAA Shutdown Continues: Employees Still Furloughed, Projects Stopped

The furlough continues for thousands of Federal Aviation Administration workers today as they wait for lawmakers to renew their funding.

Va. Governor To Sign 'Ashley's Law' In Alexandria

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell heads to Alexandria today to sign the measure known as Ashley's Law.

New School Site Selection Angering Many In Montgomery County

Council members in Montgomery County are getting involved in a little-recognized but very contentious debate: how the sites for new school buildings are chosen. Now, the council is trying to determine what authority it has over the site selection process.

Minister Is On A Mission To Help The Anacostia River

The Anacostia River is eight miles long and home to a diversity of birds and fish. These days, however, you're more likely to spot a soda bottle floating downstream than a sturgeon, shad or striped bass. But one local minister is on a mission to save the river.

D.C. Charter Schools Chair Talks Test Scores, Discrimination Allegations

Approximately forty percent of children in the District attend charter schools -- institutions financed by public funds but not subject to the same rules and regulations that govern traditional public schools. Brian Jones, chairman of D.C.'s public charter school board, sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about school test scores, the choices the schools provide, and allegations of discrimination.

Blacktop's Plays Don't Just Play It Straight

The 2011 Capital Fringe Festival marked the debut of a new theater company in Washington. A handful of recent George Mason graduates started the group, and a glimpse of their Fringe submission makes one thing obvious: when they put on a play, they do mean play.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Ten years of Irvine Contemporary, Kodachrome color at Photoworks and Georgetown University stages The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

New Buoy Seeks To Boost Security

The Navy is testing a new kind of surveillance technology on the front lines of homeland security in our area. On a narrow stretch of the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia, there's a quiet sentinel looking out for our safety.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Nearly A Thousand FAA Employees On Furlough In D.C. Area

Thousands of Federal Aviation Administration workers are on furlough this week because of a failure by Congressional lawmakers to agree on funding for the agency.

Brown Comments On Thomas Case: Says He's 'Disappointed' With The Situation

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says he is "disappointed" with the situation involving Council member Harry Thomas Jr.

Federal Judge To Determine Outcome Of State Sen. Ulysses Currie

In Maryland, a federal judge is determining whether to drop all remaining corruption charges against a powerful Democratic state senator from Prince George's County.

Virginia State Crime Commission To Discuss Medicaid Fraud And Reckless Driving

The Virginia State Crime Commission is meeting in Richmond to discuss topics ranging from Medicaid fraud to reckless driving.

Arlington Police Seek Bilingual Volunteers

Police in Virginia's Arlington County are asking people with language skills to help them communicate better with immigrant communities.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Ceiling Talks Drag On, Hundreds of FAA Furloughs in D.C. Area

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including on-going debt ceiling negotiations between the House and the Senate, as well as the furlough of around 900 Federal Aviation Administration employees.

Md. Redistricting: Democrats Target Bartlett's Seat

Maryland Democrats are trying to gain another blue congressional seat as efforts to redistrict the state get under way.

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