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Friday, July 29, 2011

Pay-By-Phone Parking Now Available At All D.C. Meters

Parking in D.C -- its one of the biggest gripes about city-living. But a new program rolled out by the District this week promises to make paying for parking a little easier.

Virginia Group Aims To Help Farmers Pass On Farms To New Owners

Fewer Virginians are taking up farming, leaving the state's number one industry in trouble. But state officials hope that a series of Farm Transition Workshops will pique the interest of a new generation.

Emerald Ash Borer Spreads

Usually, when we talk about conservation and preservation, it's in the context of a natural balance - an equilibrium among life forms. But when that balance is disrupted, conservation of one creature may mean trying to stamp out another. Maryland just placed about half the state – all of the counties west of the Chesapeake Bay – under quarantine. Wood quarantine that is, because of an invasive pest. The Emerald Ash Borer has already killed tens of millions of trees nationwide, and now it's in Maryland and Virginia.

Butterfly Population Helps Measure Environment's Health

Counting butterflies. While this may sound like something as possible and practical as herding cats, there's some science to it, and even the first-time butterfly counter will find himself quite the amateur within an hour, and an expert by the end of the day.

Virginia County Fair Exhibitors Work To Keep Animals Cool

With temperatures up around 100 degrees again in the D.C. area, staying inside is often the best bet for residents, but that's not an option for participants at the Loudoun County Fair going on this week.

Curator Catalogs U.S. House's Human Side

Since the late 1700s, the U.S. House of Representatives has seen roughly 11,000 members populate its chamber in the Capitol Building. It's the job of one woman -- the House's curator -- to take this vast institution and show the public its more personal, human side.

One Dead After Accident At Maryland Casino Construction Site

In Maryland, one construction worker is dead and another critically hurt following an accident at the construction site of the state's largest casino.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The Cornel West Theory on U Street and intimate storytelling - live and on the big screen.

Webb Accuses GOP Leaders Of Caving In To Partisan Demands

House Republican leaders are still trying to salvage their bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling, but the region's senators say it's dead on arrival in the upper chamber.

Draft Amendment Could Slow Bay Cleanup

Environmental activists are worried that a proposed amendment to a government spending bill could restrict Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Two Big Names Gone From Redskins' Roster

The Redskins opened training camp in Ashton, Va. today, but two big names were not with the team.

Virginia Budget Problems Could Affect Domestic Violence Prevention Programs

Virginia's Domestic Violence Prevention Board has drawn up proposals on ways to curb the number of attacks, but budget problems could delay implementation.

Bethesda Metro Escalators To Be Replaced In 2014

Malfunctioning Metro escalators often cause headaches for commuters, but the transit agency has plans to make things better at the Bethesda station.

Federal Default Would Hit The District Especially Hard

As the debt ceiling crisis escalates on Capitol Hill, concerns are growing about the impact of a possible default on the District government and the thousands of federal employees who live in the area.

Prince William County Looks To Address Hoarding

Prince William County has created a new task force to deal with the problem of hoarding, and get to the root of this detrimental disorder.

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