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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Volvo Adds Production And Jobs To U.S.

The Volvo manufacturing plant in Hagerstown has recently created 50 new jobs.

Drought Warnings In Effect For Central Virginia

Drought watches are in effect for the Northern Piedmont and Roanoke River drought evaluation regions.

Shooter At FRC Charged, Tied To Local Gay Community

Floyd Lee Corkins II, the man police say shot and wounded a security guard at a conservative Christian lobbying group Wednesday, was charged, and faces up to 30 years in prison.

Facial Transplants Coming To Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Hospital says it will begin performing facial transplants.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gray Creates Commission To Court Caribbean Culture

The Caribbean Carnival and Festival fled to Baltimore this year after the District called in debt owed by organizers, but now Mayor Gray is establishing a commission to court them back.

MWAA Board Pushes Back Against Criticism

A day after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and D.C. area leaders panned the MWAA in a letter for its perceived ethical lapses, a member of the board is pushing back.

After 70 Years, Marianne Arden Can Still Tickle The Ivories

Marianne Arden was a torch singer in the 40's and 50's, and at 99 years old, she still loves to delight an audience.

Falsified Grant Documents Prompt Fairfax To Return Federal Money

Fairfax County Public Schools will be repaying an estimate $1 million in federal grants after discovering that application documents had been falsified, according to a report.

Hundreds Of Childhood Immigrants Apply For Deferral Program

A program announced by President Obama goes into effect today that would offer young, undocumented immigrants the chance to apply for deferred deportation, opening a path to legal employment.

Security Guard Shot In Chinatown, Suspect In Custody

A security guard was shot at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in downtown D.C. Wednesday morning. A suspect is in custody, according to police.

Maryland Legislature At Impasse On Pit Bulls Bill

The Maryland legislature may have finally reached an agreement on gambling, but they left a bill on the table Tuesday that would have dealt with the labeling of pit bulls an inherently dangerous breed of dog. 

Nellie Gray, Found Of March For Life, Dead At 88

The founder of the March for Life, the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. has died. 

Watchdogs: D.C. Area Governments Need Work On Transparency

The District, Maryland and Virginia could use some help on its government transparency, according to government watchdogs. Most recently, D.C. is getting criticism for trying to limit Freedom of Information Act requests. 

Pending Budget Cuts Could Also Affect FAA, Air Travel

Aviation industry advocates are warning that air travelers could feel the effects of steep federal budget cuts that could affect the Federal Aviation Administration in January.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Virginia Math Scores Drop With Higher Standards

Math scores in Virginia are down across the board in the latest round of testing, but education officials say that is to be expected after the commonwealth instituted more rigorous standards.