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Friday, October 5, 2012

D.C. Combines Health Care Exchanges For Individuals, Small Biz

D.C. is considering a move to combine the city's health care exchange for individuals with one for small businesses as part of its efforts to comply with the Affordable Care Act. 

Maryland Parents Educate Teens On Drunk Driving

Montgomery County parents are working ahead of time to prevent alcohol-related crashes during homecoming season.

Foggy Bottom: One Of D.C.'s First 'WalkUP' Neighborhoods

D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood simultaneously provides a prime example and a cautionary tale about the transition to vibrant, transit-oriented urban communities. 

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 5

One of Europe's best, sonic landscape celebrations, and Chips Off the Old Bach.

StoryCorps: Washington Women Share Story Of Coming Out, Co-Parenting

This week we kick off a month of interviews from the Storycorps booth in Arlington, Va. In our first edition, we hear from Tanya Renne and her partner Cindy Morgan-Jaffe about life, love and the world-changing power of having twins.

'Founding Gardeners' Sheds Light On Plant Diplomacy

We talk with Founding Gardeners author Andrea Wulf about the surprising role plants played in America's early diplomacy.

'The Diplomats' Pursue Rock-And-Roll Outreach

We'll meet members of "The Diplomats," a rock and blues band formed last year by a staffer at the Hungarian Embassy.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sequestration Threatens To Slash Billions From Budget

Lawmakers in the region are terrified about the steep budget cuts hanging over the federal budget, but they're still struggling to get past partisan differences that have prevented a deal.

Maryland, Virginia Medical Facilities Respond To Meningitis Outbreak

Several medical facilities in Maryland and Virginia are contacting hundreds of patients who may have been infected with meningitis.

Obama And Romney Focus On Virginia

After the first presidential debate wrapped up in Denver, both candidates are turning their attention to Virginia.

Technology Helps Victims Avoid Abuser's Gaze

Videoconference software offers abuse victims a way to testify in a Montgomery County court without having to face their abuser.

Wells Proposes Online Voter Registration For D.C.

D.C. residents could be allowed to register to vote, change their official voting addresses and even switch political parties online under a proposal from D.C. Council member Tommy Wells.

Virginia Institute Gets $1M For Chesapeake Bay Restoration

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has received $1 million from the EPA to work on protection of the headwater wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay.

League Of Women Voters Recalls Suffrage Fight In Virginia

The League of Women Voters in Virginia hosted a lecture about the early fight for women's suffrage as part of an effort to get out the female vote this week.

Pennsylvania Ave. Makes List Of 'Endangered Landscapes'

The District's Pennsylvania Avenue could use a facelift, says one national foundation, or the historic thoroughfare risks further disrepair.