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Monday, November 7, 2011

Charter School Enrollment Drives DCPS Growth

According to the unaudited statistics released by the DCPS Monday, student enrollment in D.C. public schools is up overall, driven mostly by growth in charter schools.

AAA Warns Of High Gas Prices For Holidays

As folks prepare to hit the road for the holidays, AAA is warning to prepare for higher gas prices.

Veteran Dogs Honored On Capital Hill

Veterans Day is this Friday, but some four-legged vets are being honored today on Capitol Hill.

CQ Roll Call: Abramoff Says Latest Lobbying Reforms Not Enough, Ethics Committee Launches Investigation Into Rep. Laura Richardson

In new book, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff says reforms have not restricted lobbying access, and more needs to be done.

Frostburg Student Killed, Another Jailed In Stabbing

A stabbing near Frostburg State University early Sunday morning left one student dead and another in jail.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Nov. 7

The U Street Portrait Project, Bossalingo at Blues Alley and the third longest-serving Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Past Tropical Storms, Heavy Rains Killing Bay Oysters

Dead oysters are washing up on beds above the Chesapeake Bay, and watermen are blaming heavy rains and Tropical storms Lee and Irene.

Montgomery Co. Debates Wal-Mart Bill

Montgomery County continues to explore ways to force big box stores such as Wal-Mart and Costco to work with its communities. The county council will continue debate on a propose big-box store bill starting at 9:30 a.m.

Cardin To Run For Re-election In 2012

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) will try for another term in 2012. He announced his candidacy this weekend at an event in Baltimore.

Virginia State Senate Races Boil Down To A Few Districts

In Virginia's 39th State Senate District, the results of a tight race in today's election could have statewide implications.

UVA Lacrosse Player Trial: Defense Seeks Medical Records

Attorneys for a former UVA lacrosse player accused of killing his ex-girlfriend are trying to get a judge to release her medical records.

District Calls On States To Support D.C. Statehood

The D.C. government is appealing to fellow lawmakers in other states to resolutions supporting statehood for the District.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Chesapeake's Dead Zone May Be Improving

Scientists say heavy rains and high temperatures caused one of the worst dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay on record last summer, but things may be improving.

Jury For Currie Trial Reconvenes Monday

The jury in a bribery case against a former Maryland state senator reconvenes Monday.

Teens Charged For Assaulting Kids Over Candy

Five teens are charged for allegedly assaulting two kids for their Halloween candy.

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