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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Virginia's Challenge To Obama Health Care Goes To Appeals Court

A federal appeals court in Virginia hears arguments Tuesday in the first legal challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul.

D.C. Runners Form 'The Dojo Of Pain'

There is hardly a shortage of running aficionados in the D.C. area. But there are runners -- and there are competitive runners.

D.C. Council Members Gear Up For Final 2012 Budget Battle

It's budget season in the District -- that time of year when two D.C. Council members can look at the exact same document and see two different things.

DCPS Argues 'Excessed' Teachers Have Not Been Laid Off

D.C. Public School leaders say approximately 750 teachers and staff will not have their present positions at the end of this academic year. Initially, the District had put that number at 660. But DCPS says teachers may be able to find other jobs in the school system.

Montgomery Co. Employees, School Employees Will Both Take Benefits Cuts

Whatever the outcome of the union negotiations currently underway in Montgomery County, it's inevitable that there will be changes.

Undocumented Immigrants Get In-State Tuition In Md.

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed several bills into law Tuesday, including a controversial one that grants in-state tuition at Maryland colleges to undocumented students.

Virginia: How Much Info On State Employees Should Be Public?

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council is weighing whether the law should allow the public access to the names, positions and compensation of state employees.

Support Group For Parents With Multiples Reaches Out

The group Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples wants families in the D.C. metro area to know there are lots of resources for parents trying to juggle the exhaustion, emotional and financial stress that comes with twins, triplets and beyond.

Many Streams Suffer In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

There's less pollution draining into the Chesapeake Bay from rivers and streams in the watershed according to long term data, but the majority of streams remain in poor health.

Teachers' Union President: 'Excessing Is A Method Of Terminating Teachers'

D.C. Public Schools says the decison to tell hundreds of teachers they won't have a spot in their school during the next academic year was because of budget and enrollment issues. But the teachers' union thinks otherwise.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

There's Arena's "A Time to Kill", Hub's "Clockmaker", and Reston's visual art.

Maryland Sets Reliability Standards For Utility Companies

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed legislation into law that establishes relability standards for utility companies that operate in the state.

Maryland's Version Of DREAM Act Signed Into Law

Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition, if they meet certain conditions.

Preschool Waiting Lists: A Sign Of Hope Or Lack Of Options?

Waiting lists and safety schools are usually things we associate with applying to college. But in the District, those words are also part of the mix when you talk about preschool. The city's most popular pre-K programs can have hundreds of children on their waiting lists.

D.C. Chef José Andrés Wins Named James Beard 'Outstanding Chef'

José Andrés, the D.C. chef largely credited with bringing small plates to the U.S., has been named Outstanding Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.

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