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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Maryland Lawmakers Call For Eliminating Tax Loopholes

Even though the nation's borrowing limit has been raised, the battle over Washington spending has only just begun.

Tuskegee Airmen's Plane Takes Final Flight

Nearly 100 surviving veterans of the Tuskegee Air Corps gathered in Washington to mark their 70th anniversary. The reunion coincides with the donation of an important piece of their history to the Smithsonian museum.

Alexandria Teacher Pleads Guilty in International Child Pornography Investigation

In Virgina, a fourth grade teacher at an Alexandria elementary school pleaded guilty today to two counts of producing child pornography.

Speed-Ticketing Cameras Going Up On The Beltway

Maryland's State Highway Administration is warning motorists that it will begin using automated cameras to target speeders on a portion of the Beltway.

D.C. Council Members Upset With Mayor's Veto

DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s decision to "pocket veto" a bill is rankling members of the city council.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Florida Ave. Reopens After Fatal Accident, Baby Born In Traffic Backup

Update 10:20 a.m.: Florida Avenue NW has reopened after being closed in both directions around New York Avenue NW this morning after a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer, according to NBC Washington. The traffic backup that resulted from the accident also required one woman to give birth while stuck in her car.

Mountain Lion Siting In Loudoun County

Residents of Round Hill, Va., believe they've seen and heard a mountain lion in their midst, according to reports.

Two Northern Virginia Congressmen Decry Debt Deal

The region's U.S. House lawmakers split their votes on whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Va. Senator Seeking Seat On Debt Ceiling 'Super Committee'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the deal struck over the weekend to resolve the debt-ceiling standoff "dodged a bullet," but Congress must follow up by enacting a broader solution to the federal government's debt problems.

Fungus Pushes Frogs Towards Extinction

It's been called a crisis in amphibian biology: more than a third of amphibian species are at risk of extinction. Habitat loss and climate change are both causes, but so is an invasive disease that's been called the smallpox of the amphibian world. Researchers from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland recently traveled to Panama to try to help limit the effects of the disease.

D.C. Offers 'Safe Surrender' Days For People With Outstanding Warrants

The District is offering fugitives with outstanding warrants for non-violent crimes the chance to turn themselves in during the city's "Safe Surrender" program later this month.

Va. Lieutenant Governor To Lead Romney's Virginia Campaign

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will get some help in Virginia from one of the state's top party leaders. Lieutenant Governor Bob Bolling (R) will serve as the chairman of Romney's Virginia campaign.

Miracle Field Accommodates Children Of All Abilities

Baseball is known as America's pastime, but physical and mental disabilities may keep some would-be athletes from enjoying it. But at the newly opened Miracle Field in Germantown, no one has to be left out.

New Park And Ride Open In Loudoun County

A new state of the art park and ride lot is now open in Loudoun County.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: What's To Come From Debt Deal 'Super Committee'

The Senate did manage to pass an agreement to increase the debt ceiling this afternoon, which President Obama quickly signed. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talked with WAMU anchor Pat Brogan about what comes next on Capitol Hill.

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