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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Va. Senator Seeking Seat On Debt Ceiling 'Super Committee'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the deal struck over the weekend to resolve the debt-ceiling standoff "dodged a bullet," but Congress must follow up by enacting a broader solution to the federal government's debt problems.

Fungus Pushes Frogs Towards Extinction

It's been called a crisis in amphibian biology: more than a third of amphibian species are at risk of extinction. Habitat loss and climate change are both causes, but so is an invasive disease that's been called the smallpox of the amphibian world. Researchers from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland recently traveled to Panama to try to help limit the effects of the disease.

D.C. Offers 'Safe Surrender' Days For People With Outstanding Warrants

The District is offering fugitives with outstanding warrants for non-violent crimes the chance to turn themselves in during the city's "Safe Surrender" program later this month.

Va. Lieutenant Governor To Lead Romney's Virginia Campaign

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will get some help in Virginia from one of the state's top party leaders. Lieutenant Governor Bob Bolling (R) will serve as the chairman of Romney's Virginia campaign.

Miracle Field Accommodates Children Of All Abilities

Baseball is known as America's pastime, but physical and mental disabilities may keep some would-be athletes from enjoying it. But at the newly opened Miracle Field in Germantown, no one has to be left out.

New Park And Ride Open In Loudoun County

A new state of the art park and ride lot is now open in Loudoun County.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: What's To Come From Debt Deal 'Super Committee'

The Senate did manage to pass an agreement to increase the debt ceiling this afternoon, which President Obama quickly signed. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talked with WAMU anchor Pat Brogan about what comes next on Capitol Hill.

Montgomery County Council Will Set Dates To Replace Leslie Johnson

The Prince George's County Council is planning a special election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Leslie Johnson.

New Lawsuit To Challenge Maryland’s 'DREAM Act' On Ballot

A new lawsuit in Maryland is challenging the state's referendum on offering in-state tuition to some undocumented immigrants.

New Plan Moves Megabus, Bolt Bus, And Others To Union Station

Soon, most D.C. travelers taking intercity bus trips won't have to wonder where to board.

Lobby Calls on Congress To Prevent D.C. Pest Dumping

Lobbyists for pest control companies are calling on members of Congress to de-fund a new law regulating the capture of wild animals that find their way into D.C. homes.

Alexandria Police Participate In National Night Out

More than 10,000 communities across the country are participating in National Night Out -- an annual event aimed at bringing residents and law enforcement closer together.

"Smooth Operator" Program Targets Aggressive Drivers In Maryland

Nearly 400 people died in traffic accidents in the District, Maryland and Virginia in 2009, and officials say about one-third of those deaths were due to aggressive driving.

Maryland Senators Vote To Raise The Debt Limit

Maryland's senators joined the majority of Congress in voting for a deal to keep the nation from defaulting on its loans.

Senate Passes Debt Ceiling Deal

A deal to raise the federal government's debt limit by $1 trillion has passed the Senate, by a vote of 74-26. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later today.

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