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Friday, May 10, 2013

Thomas Perez's Nomination For Labor Secretary Faces Republican Opposition

David Hawkings, at Hawkings Here for Roll Call, talks the latest in Obama's nomination for Thomas Perez as labor secretary.

Body Of Suspected Boston Marathon Bomber Buried In Virginia

The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, has been buried in a Muslim cemetery in central Virginia.

Food Truck Fight Reaches D.C. Council

The fight over where and when D.C.'s popular food trucks can vend reaches the D.C. Council today.

'American Idol' Winner To Perform At National Memorial Day Concert

The winner of this year's American Idol will join a cast of actors and singers on the Capital Lawn for the annual Memorial Day celebration.

Gov. McDonnell's New Projects To Improve Virginia Agribusiness

The governor's 11 agriculture projects are will share about $250,000 in funds that will help improve the industry and provide jobs.

New Exhibit Opening At Museum of the Confederacy

A new exhibit in Richmond will display battle flags recovered from the fields of Gettysburg.

Local Lawmakers Search For Best Way To Combat Sexual Harassment In Military

Lawmakers in the region are united in the desire to combat sexual harassment in the military, but they have yet to find a legislative fix to the problem.

National Aquarium To Close Washington Branch

The National Aquarium will close at the end of September, and its 1,500 animals will be relocated to Baltimore and other cities.

D.C. Deporting Undocumented Immigrants At Lower Rate Than Many Cities

D.C. only deported 30 undocumented immigrants from June 2012 to March 2013, a lower rate than most states and big cities.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

D.C. Officials And Community Group Go To Court Over D.C. School Closings

Members of the community group Empower D.C. will be in federal court on Friday to try to stop 15 D.C. public schools from closing later this year.

House Republicans Pass 'Plan B' For Debt Ceiling

House Republicans passed legislation that gives the Treasury Department new power in case the federal government defaults on its loans.

D.C. Council Cuts Budget For DCPS And Charter School Collaboration

The D.C. Council voted to slash the budget, just a day after the city's public school system and a charter school announced a collaboration to create a new school in southeast D.C.

MGM Submits Bid For Las Vegas-Style Casino At National Harbor

MGM's proposal would bring a Las Vegas-style casino—Maryland's sixth—to the National Harbor in Prince George's County.

Is There A Secret In Your Life?

WAMU's Metro Connection is working on a show about secrets, and we'd like to hear about a secret in your life.

D.C. Council Moves To Fund Education Ombudsman

A D.C. Council committee voted today to fund an advocate for parents and students within the city's public school bureaucracy.