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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Longer School Days Set For Prince George's Co. Middle Schools

The school day for Prince George's County's middle school students will be extended beginning in August.

Virginia Begins Food Drive On Memorial Day

Virginia's statewide food drive will run from Memorial Day to July 4.

Study: Renewable Energy Increases Virginia Employment

Environmental advocates say renewable energy would significantly increase employment in Virginia.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

House Bill Passes For Federal Workers To Add More To Pensions

This week a House committee passed legislation to force federal workers to contribute more into their pensions.

Library Of Virginia Preserves Jefferson's Work

Through a grant from the National Park Service, the Library of Virginia is working to preserve the executive records from Thomas Jefferson's service as governor.

VCU Holds Commencement For LGBT Students

Virginia Commonwealth University held a separate graduation celebration for students who are gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual.

Heightened Security Expected At Eastern Shore Festival

A normally staid and beloved Eastern Shore town festival is ramping up its security in light of a growing police controversy involving college students at Salisbury University.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Capital Bikeshare Expands To Ballston

Ballston is getting a Capital Bikeshare station with 19 docks on Monday.

Friday, April 27, 2012

D.C. CFO Gandhi Makes His Acting Debut

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi makes his acting debut on Saturday, taking to the stage to depict the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, no relation, in a production called "A Tryst With Destiny."

Montgomery County Combating Increased Drug Use

As part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, residents with unused prescription drugs are being urged to turn them in to the police.

Virginia Intersection Closed For Construction

One of northern Virginia's busiest intersections is closing this weekend as part of a long-running construction project.

Fairfax Police Investigating Bizarre Horse Stabbings

Police in Fairfax County are asking for help from residents after three horses from a charitable organization that works with the disabled were found with stab wounds Friday morning.

Gray Confident In D.C. Streetcar Plans

After reaching a deal with Oregon Iron Works, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's confident the H Street and Benning Road Streetcar line will open on time next year.

Experiencing The Natural World With WAMU Listeners

In honor of Earth Month, WAMU listeners share what the natural world means to them, including personal experiences that have left them touched in deep ways.

Analysis: Marion Barry Makes Second Racial Comment, Maryland To Hold Sessions For Budget, Gambling

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry's second controversial comment this month about immigrants from Asia and Metro's train derailment earlier this week.