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Monday, July 23, 2012

Hospital Team Works To Keep Kids With HIV Healthy

Washington, D.C. has dramatically lowered its number of babies born with HIV thanks to better screening and medical advances, but teams of medical professionals are still working to treat hundreds of children infected with the virus.

Gray Campaign Improperly Used Public Housing Data

The improprieties conducted by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign continue to stack up, as a report from the Washingon Post alleges that the campaign illegally used a public housing database to target specific voters.

Global Village At AIDS Conference Engages Visitors With Advocates

The Global Village is free and open to people who want to meet and interact with the people who fight against AIDS worldwide.

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.