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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

'School Pool' Aims To Connect Parents Driving Kids To Same School

The organization 'Commuter Connections' says high gas prices have made its ride sharing program more popular among people trying to get to work. Now, they're hoping to use the same strategy to connect parents of children who attend the same school.

Maryland Gets $8.5M For Harriet Tubman Visitors Center

A project in Maryland that will be the centerpiece of an effort to honor Harriet Tubman is getting $8.5 million in federal funding.

Va. Absentee Ballot Application Deadline Today

Today is the deadline for voters in Virginia to apply for absentee ballots for next week's primary elections.

Oil Spill In Anacostia River

A large quantity of an as yet unidentified petroleum product spilled into the Anacostia River Monday evening.

Health Bus Reaches Out To Homeless Children In Loudoun

The first day of school is less than two weeks away for students in Loudoun County, and for the hundreds of homeless students, the free food and transportation that go along with the school year could be a relief. Now, a community health program is aiming to meet other needs of homeless children in the county, both those in school and those who aren't.

Fighting Emerald Ash Borer, D.C. Gets Added To Region's Firewood Quarantine

The District of Columbia has been added to the list of domestic areas that are under federal quarantine for the Emerald Ash Borer.

Judge Jails Gaithersburg Man In Connection With Maryland Woman's Disappearance

A judge in Aruba has ordered a Gaithersburg man to remain in jail in connection with the disappearance of his traveling companion, according to the Associated Press.

UMD-College Park Rolls Out New Safety App For Students' Smartphones

The campus at the University of Maryland, College Park is very large, and some students may not feel safe walking alone. But a new application for their smartphones is meant to ensure that campus police are just seconds away.

Virginia Delegate Looks To Limit GPS Tracking

Virginia legislators say technological advances and the ways that people use them are developing so rapidly that the laws can't always keep up. The latest example is how people deploy global positioning systems (GPS) to track other people, frequently without their knowledge.

McDonnell Takes Over As Head Of Republican Governors Association

Now that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been named chair of the Republican Governors Association, it could test his relationship with Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Year-Round Canada Geese Create Year-Round Headaches

What happens when things that everyone expects to migrate just, well, don't? Much like an unwanted house guest who overstays his or her welcome, non-migratory Canada geese set up shop year-round. This causes problems for humans and the environment alike.

Botanic Garden Scientists Save Smuggled Plants

Across the country, federal officials patrol airports and harbors looking for plants being smuggled across our borders. Many of those plants end up at the U.S. Botanic Garden's facility in Southwest D.C.

The HIll: With Congress On Recess, All Eyes On Iowa

Members of Congress are mostly in their home districts this month for August recess, and attention turns to Iowa and other potentially important caucus states. The Hill's Alex Bolton talks with WAMU anchor Elliott Francis about these early stages of the 2012 presidential campaign.

Officials Now Say Anacostia 'Oil Spill' Not An Oil Spill

The investigation into the brown mess that spilled into the Anacostia River yesterday has now become a joint operation involving District officials and the U.S. Coast Guard. Even with that effort, however, no one is quite sure what exactly spilled into the river Monday night.

D.C. Mayor Drops Plan For Residents Only Preview Of MLK Memorial

D.C. officials are no longer planning to issue tickets for the "D.C. Residents Day" preview of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the the day will now be open to anyone.

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