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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Opponents Of Montgomery County Teen Curfew Signed In Silver Spring

Opponents to a teen curfew in Montgomery County gathered support and signatures in downtown Silver Spring Friday night.

Volunteers In Virginia Participate In Annual Dolphin Count

Volunteers along Virginia's coast will be gazing out to sea for the annual dolphin count sponsored by the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team.

Loudoun County Fair Ends On A Hot Note

Carnival rides start early today at the Loudoun County Fair in Virginia, but crowds will have to brave high temperatures yet again.

Virginia Elects First African-American Woman To State Supreme Court

For the first time, Virginia's General Assembly has elected a black woman to the state's Supreme Court.

Montgomery County To Target Drunk Drivers With Sobriety Checkpoints

Police in Montgomery County will set up a special checkpoint tonight to search for drunk drivers.

Virginia Lawmakers Can’t Agree On Congressional Districting Plan

Virginia lawmakers are deadlocked on a Congressional redistricting plan. Senators want to add a second majority black district, but House members say the Senate plan would violate federal voting laws.

DEW Tour Athlete Remains Hospitalized After Big Crash in Ocean City

In Maryland, Ocean City drew the biggest crowds in the history of the DEW Tour last weekend, with around 73,000 packed the three beachfront stadiums. But, one DEW Tour athlete stayed behind.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Virginia County Fair Exhibitors Work To Keep Animals Cool

With temperatures up around 100 degrees again in the D.C. area, staying inside is often the best bet for residents, but that's not an option for participants at the Loudoun County Fair going on this week.

One Dead After Accident At Maryland Casino Construction Site

In Maryland, one construction worker is dead and another critically hurt following an accident at the construction site of the state's largest casino.

Webb Accuses GOP Leaders Of Caving In To Partisan Demands

House Republican leaders are still trying to salvage their bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling, but the region's senators say it's dead on arrival in the upper chamber.

Draft Amendment Could Slow Bay Cleanup

Environmental activists are worried that a proposed amendment to a government spending bill could restrict Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Limit Stalemate And Its Effect On Boehner

Congress watchers got a surprise last night when House Speaker John Boehner cancelled a scheduled vote on his bill to increase the debt limit and reduce the deficit. CQ Roll Call Editor David Hawkings talked with WAMU Morning Edition Host Matt McCleskey about what's next in the negotiations.

Overnight Work To Cause Noise At Reagan National

Work is beginning tonight at Reagan National Airport to upgrade the main runway's approach light system.

Cyclists Cross Anacostia Bridge To Prove It's Unsafe

Many cyclists and pedestrians in the District say the Frederick Douglass Bridge over the Anacostia River is unsafe to cross, and yesterday, some of them set out to prove it.

Security Problem At Md. Nuke Plan May Bring More Government Monitors

Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they found security problems at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant. The problems have been corrected but those discrepancies will likely trigger closer supervision of the plant.

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