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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kojo Explores FCPS Discipline Policies With McLean Community

In Virginia, Fairfax County's public school system is struggling to find the perfect balance between safety and fairness when it comes to its discipline policy.

Md. Tap Water Advocates Say No To Bottled Water

One group in Maryland is trying to encourage residents to drink more tap and less bottled water. Advocates say the bottled brand is costly and the water in many cases is just plain old tap water. They have a way to make their point.

Study Abroad Programs In Asia, Middle East Uncertain

The turmoil caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been a challenge for a D.C. company that runs study abroad programs. And Japan isn't the only country the group is worried about.

Redistricting Competition Maps Do 'Something That's Much Different'

While localities across the country redraw district lines after the latest census, 13 colleges in Virginia have been making their own attempts at redistricting in the Commonwealth.

McKinley Principal On Leave Amid Allegations

The principal of a D.C. public high school is being placed on paid adminstrative leave amid allegations of tampering with grades.

Governors Debate Role Of Money In Education Reforms

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) are disagreeing over the role of money in education reform.

O'Malley Offers Changes On Wind Power Bill

A wind power bill in Maryland would force utilities in the state to sign long-term contracts to buy a certain percentage of their power from wind farms, to be built off the shores of Ocean City. Gov. Martin O'Malley is offering an amendment to the bill that would cap the increase consumers would see on their monthly bills because of the contracts at $2.

R. Dwayne Betts: Expanding Boundaries In Prison

Today we begin a new WAMU series on lifelong learning. Each Wednesday we'll have a personal story about a powerful learning experience -- some in and some out of the classroom. Our first story comes from R. Dwayne Betts, a writer and poet, who grew up in Suitland, Md., and tells us that powerful learning can happen in the most unexpected places.

Fired Chipotle Workers Protest At Local Store

A few weeks ago, 40 workers at Chipotle restaurants in Columbia Heights, Woodley Park and Chinatown were fired after the company allegedly found irregularities in their immigration papers. Wednesday, pro-immigrant groups protested outside one of the stores, saying the workers' rights were violated.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Just another day of exceptional dance, theater and art in the Washington area.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Power Breakfast: Schools Against Tuition Hikes

This morning if you happen to find yourself on Independence Avenue heading west -- in the vicinity of the Department of Education -- you might run into a bit of a crowd.

Few Turn Out To Discuss $851 Million Metro Improvement Plan

Leaders at Metro say a proposed $851 million Capital Improvement Plan will address the issues passengers care about the most.

Possible Motive in Lululemon Murder Case

Prosecutors in the Bethesda Lululemon murder case say they now believe they know the motive behind the slaying of store clerk Jayna Murray.

Details Revealed In Lululemon Murder Case

The prosecuting attorney in the Bethesda Lululemon murder case is revealing details in court of an unusually brutal attack, allegedly by a woman police say has no prior criminal record.

Cheh Wants Subpoena Powers In Probe Of Gray Hiring Practices

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh says she wants subpoena powers as she probes the hiring practices of the Gray administration.

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