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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.

Chesapeake Dead Zones Shrink Under Dry Conditions

Drought is generally considered an environmental albatross, but in the case of the Chesapeake Bay, dry conditions have diminished the appearance of seasonal dead zones.

Maryland House Passes Gaming Expansion

The expansion of gaming in Maryland now awaits only the approval of voters in November, after Maryland lawmakers and Gov. O'Malley signed off on the plan.

Pest Populations Boom In Record Heat

This summer has been the hottest on record, but as unpleasant as the sweaty days have been, the resulting explosion in mosquito population will be an even itchier problem to deal with.

Four Bond Issues On The Arlington Ballot

Arlington voters have four bond issues on the ballot this November, and the prospects for all of them look good, since voters haven't turned down a bond measure since 1979.

Malfunction Shuts Down Nuclear Core In Maryland

One of the two cores at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland was shut down following a malfunction, which experts say poses no risk to the public.

Airports Board Gets Scathing Letter From LaHood, Governors

A cabinet member, two governors, the D.C. mayor are calling for sweeping reforms to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board in the wake of ongoing reports of nepotism, problems with transparency and ethics concerns. 

Verizon Failures Led To June's Extended 911 Outage

Verizon is taking the blame for widespread failures of the 911 emergency call system in Fairfax County and other parts of Northern Virginia after the June "derecho" storm that hit the region.

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Posing As Diplomat

A Frederick man has pleaded guilty to posing as a diplomat to defraud people — including a New York state senator — out of 

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug. 14

Ladies of the night, The Queen of Versailles, and stories with drums.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Conservatives Winning On Donations From Virginians

Virginians contributed 40 times more to conservative Super PACs than to liberal ones, according to numbers released by the Virginia Public Access Project.

Maryland House Making Slow Progress On Gaming Bill

The expansion of gaming in Maryland is still undecided, as two House committees are making slow moves to deal with the issue.

Virginia Republicans Reconsider Norquist Pledge

Some Virginia Republicans are moving away from the famous Grover Norquist pledge that aims to never raise taxes.

Appalachian Trail Celebrates 75 Years

It may be 75 years old, but like the people who use it, the Appalachian Trail is always moving.

Ad Campaign Focuses On Infrastructure Investment

A Virginia transportation company is launching a national TV ad campaign to focus more attention on the benefits of freight rail and all infrastructure investments.