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Saturday, March 10, 2012

NASA To Launch Rockets From Virginia

East coast sky watchers may be able to catch a glimpse of one NASA's rocket-launching experiment later this month.

Fairfax County Seeking Part-Time Help

In an effort to fill part-time positions this summer, Fairfax County will be accepting employment applications from noon to 4:30 p.m. today at the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Daylight Saving Time May Affect Monday Morning Commute

Daylight saving time means the promise of longer, light-filled days. But drivers beware; the loss of one hour of sleep might negatively affect your Monday morning commute.

Women Veterans Of Korean War Honored

Women have served our armed forces for centuries, but it wasn't until the Korean War that women began to take a really active role. The Department of Defense is commemorating them for Women's History Month.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Virginia Tech President Defends Actions During Shooting

In a wrongful death trial for the families of the victims of the tragic Virginia Tech shooting in 2013, the university's president testified that he did the best he could given the circumstances.

Budget Uncertainty Hampers Maryland Transportation Planning

Lawmakers in states like Maryland would like to undertake long-term transportation projects, but Congress' reticence to pass budget legislation has many such projects on hold.

Weekend Track Work On All But Green Line

Those traveling into the District this weekend should expect between 15-20 minute delays, as station closings and single-tracking abound, except on the Green Line.

WaPo's McCartney: Unfinished Business In Virginia Legislature, Fallout In Anne Arundel County

Having failed to pass a budget during their legislative session, Washington Post's Bob McCartney says Virginia legislators will have to address lingering issues in the next few weeks.

CQ Roll Call: Senate Begins Transportation-Funding Bill, Big Local Projects May Suffer

Rep. Eric Cantor said that bipartisanship can continue, but it's unclear how far it can go, especially with a transportation-funding bill that could affect projects in our area.

Obama To Discuss Economy At Rolls Royce Plant

President Obama heads to Virginia to show off a state partnership with Rolls Royce.

Virginia Bill To End Continuing Contracts For Teachers Dies

Virginia public school teachers can rest easy this year, as the bill the would make it easier for them to get fired has died.

Police Investigate Shooting On D.C. - Maryland Line

Police are investigating a shooting that took place early this morning near the D.C. - Montgomery County border.

Smithsonian Hires National Geographic Executive

The Smithsonian Institution has hired a National Geographic executive to head the business side of the museum complex.

Maryland Approves Tax Hike, Continues Working On Budget

Maryland lawmakers have approved an income tax hike for the state, and are continuing to hammer out other budget proposals.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

D.C. Income Disparity Amongst Highest In U.S.

Levels of income disparity within D.C. are higher than almost anywhere else in the United States, which is putting pressure on the lower-income residents of the District.

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