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Friday, August 12, 2011

Strong Regional Representation In Budget Negotiations May Not Help The Region

The region's lawmakers have played key roles in the ongoing congressional budget negotiations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their states are getting any special perks.

Rising Standards Cause More Schools To Fail In Virginia

In Virginia, less than 40 percent of schools met federal standards this year compared to 61 percent last year.

Redskins Look For Answers At Quarterback Heading Into First Preseason Game

The Washington Redskins begin their pre-season schedule tonight with an exhibition against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But one still question hangs over the heads of the Skins faithful: Who will be the Redskins' starting quarterback?

Art Gallery Introduces Five Emerging Artists To D.C. Scene

Five local artists are having a coming-out party of sorts, thanks to the Hamiltonian Gallery.

Members Of Asian Gang Arrested In Virginia For Rigging Electronic Gambling Machines

The Northern Virginia Task Force says it has confiscated a million dollars in cash and $200,000 in video electronics that were illegally rigged as gambling machines. Authorities with the anti-gang units say a violent Asian gang ran the operation.

Dead Zone In Chesapeake Bay Is One Of The Worst Ever

Scientists say a massive 1,200 square mile dead zone growing in the Chesapeake Bay may be one of the Bay's five worst ever.

Q&A With Rep. Chris Van Hollen About His Role On The Super Committee

When the 12 lawmakers named this week to the debt reduction super committee return from their August break, they'll have their work cut out for them. The group has until Nov. 23 to propose $1.5 trillion in savings over the coming decade. Democrat Chris Van Hollen of the Maryland is the only member of the super committee from our region. He joins us now to talk about his role.

WaPo's McCartney: Walmart's Charitable Donations, Virginia Schools Fail To Meet Federal Benchmarks

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest news in the region, including Walmart's continued donations to chartable programs in the District and Virginia's failure to meet federal education benchmarks under the 'No Child Left Behind' law.

Virginia Asking Residents To Dial 811 Before Digging

The State Corporation Commission is using the date 8-11 to urge residents to dial 811 to contact the state's "Miss Utility" line before performing any digging—as required by state law. The SCC says too many incidents arise where an activity as simple as gardening in the backyard has caused major problems within a region.

Walmart Donates $3 Million For D.C. Job Training

Walmart continues to shower D.C. with donations as it looks to looks break into the market and open several stores, and the latest gift – a $3 million grant for job training -- impressed local leaders.

D.C. Pushes Back Online Gaming Meetings

D.C. continues to tap the breaks on online gambling. City lawmakers now say they will delay community meetings aimed at alleviating concerns about the new law.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Murders Down 43 Percent In D.C. After Coordinated City Effort

Authorities in D.C. say this summer has been one of the safest on record, with the number of homicides down 43 percent from last year.

MLK Memorial Will Open Early For District Residents

District residents will get a sneak peek at the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial later this month.

Advisory Group Debates Plan For Alexandria Waterfront

Should the Alexandria waterfront have hotels or parks? That's at the heart of a debate now playing out at City Hall, where members of an advisory panel are expected to issue recommendations Nov. 1.

Youth Voices: Raven Reese

Sooner or later, every child must realize that the world is more than just a playground, and that being a parent involves more than just saying 'Yes, you may.' For commentator Raven Reese, those lessons were particularly difficult ones.

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