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Monday, July 23, 2012

Minimum Wage Debate Comes Back To Capitol Hill

It's been three years since the federal government increased the national minimum wage, and activists and lawmakers alike plan to rally this week to call for a hike in the national pay standard.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 23

AIDS awareness, aiding the fight against AIDS, and a soldier's tale.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Virginia's E-ZPass Fee Prompts Outcry From Lawmaker

A Virginia lawmaker is considering proposing legislation to prevent VDOT from charging monthly fees on state roads.

Thousands To March In D.C. Ahead Of Global AIDS Conference

Thousands are expected to participate in a march to support research funding and medications for AIDS.

Housing Starts In D.C. Area Increase

Housing starts and home sales in the D.C. region have increased since last month.

Richmond Highway Plan Will Affect Cemetery Or Stables

Federal officials are weeks away from making a final decision about how and where to widen Virginia's Richmond Highway to accommodate an expansion at Fort Belvior.

BWI Airport Receives Grant To Improve Runways

BWI-Marshall Airport has received a $12 million grant for the first phase of bringing Runway 10-28 up to FAA safety standards.

No Plans For Water Contamination Signs At Fort Detrick

Despite the presence of chemicals in surface water at Fort Detrick, Army health officials have no plans to post warning signs.

Iowa Senator Investigating FDA Spy Program

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is continuing his probe of the Food and Drug Administration over what he says was an effort to spy on government employees.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Maryland Black Bear Population Rises, As Will Hunting Limits

Black bear populations in portions of southern Maryland have doubled since 2005, and

Advocates For AIDS Awareness Descend On The District

Before the 19th annual International AIDS Conference kicks off this week in the District, hundreds of health advocates from across the country are arriving in one awareness-raising wave.

Maryland Gambling Legislation Expected Next Week

A draft of the proposed legislation that would expand gambling in the state of Maryland is expected to emerge some time next week, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Martin O'Malley.

National Zoo Hatches A Pair Of Cuban Crocodiles

With less than 4,000 Cuban crocodiles left in the wild, it was a big achievement this month when the National Zoo hatched a pair of males, for the first time in a quarter century.

Delaware Braced For Traffic Influx From Firefly Festival

Tens of thousands of music lovers are headed to Delaware this weekend to see acts like Jack White and the Black Keys at the Firefly Festival. Officials are braced to try and prevent a traffic nightmare for beachgoers in the area.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Analysis: Gray's Popularity, Pepco's Grilling, And The Kickoff Of Virginia's Senate Race

There are political stories aplenty in the D.C. area this week. Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney tackles Mayor Gray's polling numbers, Pepco being taken to task, and the high-profile Virginia Senate debate.

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