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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fewer Virginia Schools Meet Federal Standards

In Virginia, more than three-fifths of Virginia's public schools and 97 percent of districts failed to meet annual benchmarks in reading and math under 'No Child Left Behind.'

Baltimore Sun Union Fighting Job Losses

The Baltimore Sun is offering buyouts to some employees. Baltimore Sun Media Senior Vice President of Marketing Judy Berman said in a statement the company is bargaining with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild over the terms of a voluntary buyout offer.

Virginia Mourns Navy SEALS

Gov. Bob McDonnell has designated Friday as a day of mourning in Virginia for the 30 members of the U.S. military who died after their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, reports AP.

Md. Rep Stands Against Chimp Research

Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) is sponsoring legislation to phase out invasive research on chimpanzees. Bartlett, a Republican, wrote about his opposition to research that harms the animals in an opinion page article in today's New York Times.

Census Reports Increase In Maryland's Gay Population

There are nearly 17,000 gay couples in the state of Maryland, according to new data released by the United States Census Bureau. That's a 50 percent increase from a decade ago.

Maryland Rolls Out Phone-Based Traffic Alerts

Motorists in Maryland can now receive up-to-the-minute traffic information through a new phone system.

Robyn Gardner's Mother Praying For Her Safe Return

The mother of a woman who disappeared during a trip to Aruba tells the Associated Press the family is hoping for the best outcome and praying she'll be with them soon.

Advocates Seek Continued Funding For Farmers' Markets

Advocates for farmers markets say locally-sourced fruits and vegetables aren't just adding flavor to our refrigerators, they also spice up our economy. But supporters worry federal grants for farmers markets could soon disappear.

Rockville Wrestles With How To Control Deer Population

White tail deer are a growing problem in the city of Rockville, Md., and now city officials are asking for residents' input on how to control them.

Murders Down 43 Percent In D.C. After Coordinated City Effort

Authorities in D.C. say this summer has been one of the safest on record, with the number of homicides down 43 percent from last year.

MLK Memorial Will Open Early For District Residents

District residents will get a sneak peek at the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial later this month.

Advisory Group Debates Plan For Alexandria Waterfront

Should the Alexandria waterfront have hotels or parks? That's at the heart of a debate now playing out at City Hall, where members of an advisory panel are expected to issue recommendations Nov. 1.

Youth Voices: Raven Reese

Sooner or later, every child must realize that the world is more than just a playground, and that being a parent involves more than just saying 'Yes, you may.' For commentator Raven Reese, those lessons were particularly difficult ones.

Prince George's County Teachers Protest Their Deportation

The pursuit of the American dream doesn't always have a happy ending. That's certainly the case for hundreds of international teachers recruited from all over the world to work for the Prince George's County school system. These teachers are now being told they have to go home.

Virginia Vets Board Seeks More Funding For Veterans Services

Soon thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will return home, many of them to Virginia, with medical injuries and job placement needs. The Virginia Board of Veterans Services is asking the Governor to help beef up staffing and funding to accommodate the new requests.

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