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Monday, July 23, 2012

Montgomery County Ride On Buses On Limited Schedule

Montgomery County's Ride On bus system is operating on a reduced schedule Monday and Tuesday, due to last week's bus fire.

D.C. Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly In June

The unemployment rate in D.C. dropped slightly last month, due to a combination of jobs added in both the private sector and the federal government.

Little Progress On Federal Budget Talks

Members of Congress are under the gun to find trillions of dollars in budget cuts before automatic reductions known as "sequestration" kick in early next year.

Minimum Wage Debate Comes Back To Capitol Hill

It's been three years since the federal government increased the national minimum wage, and activists and lawmakers alike plan to rally this week to call for a hike in the national pay standard.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 23

AIDS awareness, aiding the fight against AIDS, and a soldier's tale.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Virginia's E-ZPass Fee Prompts Outcry From Lawmaker

A Virginia lawmaker is considering proposing legislation to prevent VDOT from charging monthly fees on state roads.

Thousands To March In D.C. Ahead Of Global AIDS Conference

Thousands are expected to participate in a march to support research funding and medications for AIDS.

Housing Starts In D.C. Area Increase

Housing starts and home sales in the D.C. region have increased since last month.

Richmond Highway Plan Will Affect Cemetery Or Stables

Federal officials are weeks away from making a final decision about how and where to widen Virginia's Richmond Highway to accommodate an expansion at Fort Belvior.

BWI Airport Receives Grant To Improve Runways

BWI-Marshall Airport has received a $12 million grant for the first phase of bringing Runway 10-28 up to FAA safety standards.

No Plans For Water Contamination Signs At Fort Detrick

Despite the presence of chemicals in surface water at Fort Detrick, Army health officials have no plans to post warning signs.

Iowa Senator Investigating FDA Spy Program

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is continuing his probe of the Food and Drug Administration over what he says was an effort to spy on government employees.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Maryland Black Bear Population Rises, As Will Hunting Limits

Black bear populations in portions of southern Maryland have doubled since 2005, and

Advocates For AIDS Awareness Descend On The District

Before the 19th annual International AIDS Conference kicks off this week in the District, hundreds of health advocates from across the country are arriving in one awareness-raising wave.

Maryland Gambling Legislation Expected Next Week

A draft of the proposed legislation that would expand gambling in the state of Maryland is expected to emerge some time next week, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Martin O'Malley.