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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Virginia Looks To Bolster Civics Education

Surveys have shown that Americans know little about the U.S. government and Constitution. The studies have prompted the Virginia General Assembly to revive a commission studying ways to bolster civics education.

After Rash Of Crimes, LGBT Community Calls For Police Action

D.C.'s gay, lesbian, and transgender activists are upset by a series of attacks, one of them deadly, that seem to target members of their community. Some say police response to the crimes has been disappointing, and even biased.

Regional School Officials Will Weigh 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver

School officials in the region are applauding a decision by the U.S. Department of Education to relax some requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

Fairfax County Calls On SWAT Team To Thin Deer Population

They may look like Bambi, but deer in urban areas destroy natural habitat, and make roads hazardous.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Virginia Governor Creates Task Force To Monitor Mark Center Traffic

The first wave of employees being relocated to the Washington Headquarters Service at the Mark Center in Alexandria is moving in this week as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process.

Council Members Rake In Dollars As Wells Attempts Campaign Finance Reform

As the D.C. Council considers a proposal from Council member Tommy Wells to limit corporations and their owners from making multiple campaign donations, campaign finance records show council members continue to rake in cash through the practice.

Police Chief To Go Ahead With 'All Hands on Deck' This Weekend

D.C. police chief Kathy Lanier says she plans to go ahead with her 'All Hands on Deck' policy this weekend, despite a ruling by the Public Employee Relations Board. The program has prompted a battle between police officers and the force's top cop.

Virginia Lawmakers Debate Law Banning Attempts To Lure Children Into Cars

Virginia's crime commission is considering making it a crime to try to lure a child into a car.

Bethesda's New Electric Car Charging Station Was Kids' Idea

This week's installation of Maryland's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger might not have been possible without the encouragement of a group of teen siblings.

Seniors Beat the Heat With Free Indoor Workshops

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, some people who might not have a place to cool off are finding refuge in Woodley Park and Tenleytown.

Striking Verizon Workers Threaten Ongoing Protests

Verizon workers from across the region are preparing for a long, heated battle with their company.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Bachmann Calls For Emergency Session, Pressure On Economy Builds

The federal reserve offered a bleak assessment of the U.S. economy today, and that, combined with Standard & Poors' downgrade of the U.S.'s credit rating last week has prompted some to call for Congress to return from August recess for an emergency session. WAMU's Pat Brogan talks with Alex Bolton, senior staff writer from The Hill, about how effective that would be.

Account Of Woman Missing in Aruba Raising Concerns

A Frederick County woman missing in Aruba is gaining national attention. One of the last people to make contact with Robyn Gardner suspects foul play.

VA And MD Could Get Downgraded Over Entitlment Cuts

Although it lowered the credit rating of the federal government, Standard & Poor's says it will not drop the ratings of Virginia and Maryland now, but the rating agency says that could change.

More Than 4,000 People Attend D.C. Job Fair

The latest unemployment report shows the District's unemployment rate has climbed above 10 percent, and today, more than 4,000 out-of-work residents attended a job fair in downtown DC.

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