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Monday, May 7, 2012

Economic Picture Improves For Blacks In Virginia, Report Finds

The earnings gap between blacks and whites in Virginia persists, although it's improving, according to a new study.

Priest Dies After Maryland Church Shooting

A priest from Maryland has died after a shooting at her Howard County church late last week.

Virginia Man Arrested For Alleged Obama Death Threats

A man who allegedly threatened to kill the presidents is in custody in Virginia today.

D.C.'s Affordable Housing Options Decrease

The number of affordable rental units in the city decreased by half over the past decade, according to the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute's new report.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 7

The Alternate Present, Street Arts Across America, and Hadag Nahash.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fairfax County Split Over Route 1 Progress

A new survey shows Fairfax County residents are pleased with progress along the Route 1 corridor in the Mount Vernon area. But some say the pace of progress is way too slow.

Lawmakers Pushing To Reform Hatch Act

Lawmakers in the region are pushing to reform a law that bars all D.C. city workers from running for elected office.

Jefferson Statue Goes Up At State Capitol

A plan to raise rates at parking meters during peak periods in the District has been approved.

D.C. Council Approves Rate Hikes For Parking Meters

A plan to raise rates at parking meters during peak periods in the District has been approved.

Stafford County Plans To Lower Taxes

While many jurisdictions continue to raise taxes to make ends meet, one county in northern Virginia is doing the opposite.

More Than Half Of Virginia's Younger Doctors Are Women

According to a new study, for the first time in Virginia's history, the majority of younger physicians are women.

Dominion To Offer Energy Efficiency Programs

Dominion Virginia Power has been given the green light to move forward with several energy-efficiency and demand-reduction programs, which will help customers save money over time.

More Than 300 DCPS Jobs To Be Cut

More than 300 D.C. public school teachers have been told their jobs are being eliminated, a move that's part of the system's so-called "excessing" process.

Safe Routes To School Program In Jeopardy

Federal funding is in jeopardy for a local program that provides safe trails for children on their way to school.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Alexandria Among Playful City USA Communities

Alexandria is one of four Virginia towns being recognized as America's most playful cities.

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