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Monday, May 16, 2011

D.C. Council Remains Divided Over Budget Issues

With the clock ticking to pass a balanced budget, members of the D.C. Council held a closed-door meeting to hash out their priorities for next year's spending plan.

Mount Vernon's Dyke Marsh Rapidly Eroding, Warns Environmental Group

A panel of scientists has concluded that Dyke Marsh in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County is eroding by as much as 8 feet each year. Many are concerned that could threatened the delicate balance of a fragile ecosystem.

House Committee Reviews Conditions For Mentally, Physically Ill In Va.

Virginia fell under scrutiny from the Justice Department in February for conditions at its homes for the mentally and physically ill. The House Appropriations Committee heard about the state's progress in a meeting Monday.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Maryland Approves The Use of Deer Birth Control

Maryland has become the first state to approve the use of Gonacon, a birth control product for deer.

Department Of Natural Resources Asks Crabbers to Install Turtle Excluder Devices?

Remember the terrapin when you set out crab pots this year.

P.G. County Exec. Rushern Baker Nominates Police And Fire Chiefs

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has nominated Acting Police Chief Mark Magaw to permanently take the job as county police chief.

VA Medical Center Offering Employment Assistance To Veterans

Area veterans who are still transitioning into civilian life are getting some assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Northrop Grumman To Cut 200, Mostly In Baltimore

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman says it plans to lay off about 200 employees, mostly in the Baltimore region.

McDonnell Says Asia Trade Mission Will Result In Business Deals

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says the trade mission to China is expected to result in future business deals between the two sides.

Gas Company Cutting Down Rockville Residents' Trees

Some residents in Rockville, Md. say living with an easement can be hard.

U.S. Air Force Grounds Ocean City Air Show Headliner

In Maryland, one of the two headlining acts for this years Ocean City Air Show has been grounded indefinitely by the U.S. Air Force.

Alexandria Waterfront Hearing Saturday

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council will be meeting Saturday to consider a plan that could dramatically change the waterfront.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Uranium Mining In Virginia Faces Oppposition From Enviro Groups

Several companies in Virginia are lobbying state lawmakers to lift a statewide ban on uranium mining to allow access to a large deposit in Pittsylvania County.

Moran May Get His Wish Of Mark Center Delay

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) may finally get what he's been requesting: a delay in the arrival of more than 6,000 government workers at the new Mark Center complex in Alexandria.

Spending Cuts To Affect Community Action Committees' Ability To Help Poor

As the White House and Congress talk about cutting federal spending, groups in Virginia that work with the poor say those cuts will mean big problems for their clients.

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