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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Religious Group Joins Fray Opposing Va. Uranium Mining

A religious group is joining the fight to maintain a ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

Maryland Ranks First In Providing Child Dental Care

Four years ago, 12-year-old Diamonte Driver from Prince George's County died from a brain infection created by an abscessed tooth because his mother was unable to get him adequate dental care. This death spurred Maryland to address this inadequacy, and now, things in the state are vastly different.

Comment Period Extended On Va. Gay Adoption Regs

Virginia's Board of Social Services has decided to allow more time for comments on whether gay couples should be accepted as adoptive or foster parents.

After Charter Schools Close, Parents Race To Find New Placements

Nearly 750 D.C. students were left looking for new schools after three charter schools closed and two eliminated their high school programs.

Charter school advocates defend the closures and say test scores at charters are still higher than they are in traditional D.C. public schools, in part because of their tough-love approach. But parents say in the short term, these school closure decisions leave their families hanging.

AAA Faces Uphill Battle For College Park Speed Camera's Removal

AAA Mid-Atlantic is calling for another speed camera to be removed in the region, this time in College Park. But the motorist advocacy group hasn't won many of these types of battles.

Howard County Sees Environmental And Economic Potential In Composting

Maryland's Howard County is calling on residents to put their leftovers to use through a new food scraps recycling program.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

AAA Wants College Park, MD Speed Cam Removed

A speed camera in College Park is drawing the ire of The American Automobile Association (AAA) Mid-Atlantic and the camera's neighbors.

Massive Police Raid Seizes Bootlegged Items On Maryland's Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City police raided two dozen boardwalk stores and confiscated mass quantities of bootlegged and fraudulent merchandise in what is being called the largest raid of its kind in the town's history.

In Lululemon Murder Trial, Lawyers May Use Mental Health Defense

Lawyers for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda say they plan to call at least one mental health expert at the October trial, according to the Associated Press.

Airports Authority Meets Today On Dulles Rail Budget

The Dulles Corridor Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board meets today with the full board to provide an update on the budget for the Dulles rail project.

Coast Guard To Continue Testing On Substance Spilled In Anacostia

The U.S. Coast Guard is now the lead agency tasked with determining just exactly what was spilled onto the Anacostia River near Benning Road NE. Thus far, authorities have been unable to determine the source of the contamination despite extensive tests.

Discipline Policy Still An Issue in Fairfax School Board Race

The long-running discussion about discipline in Fairfax County's public school system is the motivation behind at least one candidate's decision to run for the school board.

Virginia Health Officials Warning Swimmers Of Parasite

Virginia's health department is warning swimmers to beware of a deadly parasite that lives in stagnant water. The warning comes after a child in Virginia died of a related infection.

Police Uncover Large Insurance Policy In Robyn Gardner Case

Aruban authorities say they're planning an extensive search, using military forces if necessary, for a woman from Frederick, Md. who was reported missing August 2.

Va. Housing Commission Looks To Tweak Timeshare Laws

It's been nearly three decades since the Virginia General Assembly has made major changes to the state laws governing timeshares. But since that time, reports of problems with timeshare arrangements have accumulated and state lawmakers say it may be time for an overhaul.

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