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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Baltimore Co. Seeks Schools Superintendent

Baltimore County is on the hunt for a new schools superintendent, after current superintendent Dr. Joe Hairston announced he would retire after 12 years in the position.

D.C. Residents To Rally For Voting Rights

Shadow Sen. Mike Brown and others sit on a street to protest

D.C. leaders are urging city residents to hit the streets to rally for D.C. voting rights this weekend, to coincide with the Rev. Al Sharpton's "Jobs for Justice" march and the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.

Bikeshare Approved By Alexandria City Council

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The Alexandria City Council unanimously approved a pilot version of the Capital Bikeshare program that has enjoyed more than one year of success in Arlington and D.C.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Medicaid Errors Costing Virginia Millions

prescription, with money and pills

Ever made a mistake writing a check that cost you cash? Virginia loses as much as $263 million a year from errors in Medicaid applications.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 13

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Spooky film, evil theater, D.C. dance and American music.

D.C. Office Cleaners Threatening Strike Over Contract

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Officer workers in the D.C. area may soon have to clean up after themselves, as an office cleaner union is threatening to strike if they don't receive a new contract before Saturday.

Man Dies In Ocean City From Legionnaires Disease

Maryland's health department says that an elderly man has succumbed to Legionnaires disease that tests reveal  came from a hotel in Ocean City, Maryland.

D.C. Breaks Ground On $2.6 Billion Sewage Tunnel

The sewage system in D.C. is undergoing a $2.6 billion upgrade, the largest construction project in the District since the Metro.

Virginia Tourism Revenue Up 6.7 Percent

Despite continuing economic woes, tourism in the state of Virginia was actually up almost seven percent in 2010, creating jobs and bolstering badly-needed tax revenue.

Federal Food Drive Collects 5.7 Million Pound of Food


The Federal Food Drive concluded on Wednesday, with federal employees donating more than three times as much food as in 2010, their biggest success ever.

National Journal: Future For Jobs Bill, Occupy DC Getting Political

National Journal's Daniel Friedman talks about the happenings on Capitol Hill, including the demise and future prospects of President Obama's Jobs Bill and the goings-on of the deficit super committee.

Some Montgomery Co. Dems Pan Maryland Redistricting Plan

Although Democrats state wide stand to benefit from Maryland's proposed redistricting plan, Democrats in Montgomery County aren't so sure they support the new map.

Loudoun Schools Hit Obstacles To Buying Local Produce

For Loudoun County schools seeking to serve local food, buying produce from Loudoun County's own farms proves difficult. The reason? Mainly the price.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Hill: Senate Passes Bill On China's Currency

The Senate passes a bill that would hold China accountable for de-valued currency, but it's future on the House floor is unclear.