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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Enforcement Is Next Challenge After Virginia Human Trafficking Bill Becomes Law

This spring Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law several measures to provide new protections against human trafficking and more severe punishment for those who engage in it. Before the introduction of the legislation, many people didn't realize how prevalent the crime is, especially in Northern Virginia.

Firefighters Respond To Dozens Of Health Calls During Heat Wave

While authorities urge many people to take it easy when the weather gets hot, firefighters have to work harder when the temperatures go up.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

A global ballet, Rock of Ages, roadside attractions and a Holocaust reading series.

Montgomery County Executive Wants Teen Curfew

Both the District of Columbia and Prince George's County, Maryland have teen curfews. Now, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett wants one too, and he wants it quickly.

Mind-Controlling Parasites And Their Zombies

Zombies may be the stuff of nightmares, but zombification, it turns out, isn't all that unusual in the animal kingdom. And right here in our region there was recently a mysterious example of this mind-controlling behavior among insects.

Virginia To Move To Alternative Fuels In State Vehicles

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued an executive order to shift Virginia's thousands of state vehicles to alternative fuels.

Alexandria Debates Widening Road Near Mark Center

In Virginia, neighborhood groups in the West End of Alexandria are opposing a proposal to widen Beauregard Street -- a major thoroughfare where more than 6,000 daily commuters are expected to start showing up for work in September.

D.C. Council's Shakeup Means Changes For Metro

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is stripping Council member Tommy Wells of a key committee post, and that has implications for Metro.

Brown Strips Wells of Transportation and Public Works Chairmanship

The D.C. Council voted 12-1 to approve a reshuffling of committee assignments proposed by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, with Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells being the lone dissenting vote.

Leslie Johnson Back To Work At P.G. County Council

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson is back to work, according to the Associated Press, nearly a week after colleagues stripped her of an office staff, car and cell phone.

Alexandria Homeless Shelter Receives Makeover

Home makeovers have become commonplace on reality T.V., but a community in Alexandria is pulling together today to put a twist on the concept, by doing a rapid makeover on a homeless shelter.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ocean City Boardwalk Artist Sues City Government

A street performer is suing the city of Ocean City, Md., charging the town violated his First Amendment rights.

Transportation Funding Debate Could Have Big Impacts In D.C. Region

The debate over transportation funding is heating up on Capitol Hill, and that could have an impact on the region's roads and construction workforce.

Three Small Planes Intercepted In Camp David Airspace

Three small airplanes have been intercepted by jet fighters this weekend after flying too close to the presidential retreat at Camp David.

African American Civil War Museum To Hold Grand Opening

The African American Civil War Museum is reopening in a new location in D.C. to give it more space for exhibits and programs.

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