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Friday, March 9, 2012

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.

Board Game Teaches African Heritage

A Laurel, Md. woman talks about The Africa Memory Game, a board game she created to teach her children about their Cameroonian roots.

Door To Door: Blagden Alley/Naylor Court, D.C. and Rosslyn, Va.

This week, we visit Rosslyn, Va. and the northwest D.C., neighborhood of Blagden Alley/Naylor Court.

Signature Theatre Presents World-Premiere Play Within A Play

Brother Russia, a new play at Signature Theater, is really a play within a play.

Scientists Scramble to Understand A Mystery Virus

A mysterious virus is killing amphibians and reptiles in a forest in Montgomery County, Md.

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.

D.C. Considers Community Solar Power

A new law proposed in the District would make it easier for businesses and organizations to get on the solar-powered bandwagon, even if their particular building leaves something to be desired in the sun department.

JOBS Act Passes With Rare Bipartisan Support

Congress passed the JOBS Act Thursday with bipartisan support -- a rarity in Congress in recent months. Democratic legislators were supportive, but emphasized that the legislation does not go far enough.

DC Vote Targets Rep. Franks Over D.C. Autonomy

The advocacy group DC Vote is fighting back against Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, taking to his home turf to protest his introduction of an abortion bill solely for the women of D.C.

Woman Dies In Possible Street Racing Collision

A Montgomery County woman was pronounced dead after a fatal car accident that police believe may have been caused by street racers.

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