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Friday, July 29, 2011

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.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Limit Stalemate And Its Effect On Boehner

Congress watchers got a surprise last night when House Speaker John Boehner cancelled a scheduled vote on his bill to increase the debt limit and reduce the deficit. CQ Roll Call Editor David Hawkings talked with WAMU Morning Edition Host Matt McCleskey about what's next in the negotiations.

Overnight Work To Cause Noise At Reagan National

Work is beginning tonight at Reagan National Airport to upgrade the main runway's approach light system.

Cyclists Cross Anacostia Bridge To Prove It's Unsafe

Many cyclists and pedestrians in the District say the Frederick Douglass Bridge over the Anacostia River is unsafe to cross, and yesterday, some of them set out to prove it.

Security Problem At Md. Nuke Plan May Bring More Government Monitors

Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they found security problems at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant. The problems have been corrected but those discrepancies will likely trigger closer supervision of the plant.

Ministers Arrested In Capitol For Protesting Debt Deal

There was plenty of drama behind closed doors in the Capitol last night as Congressional leaders attempted to hammer out a debt ceiling agreement, but the building's rotunda saw some action as well as faith leaders were arrested in a protest that involved singing and praying.

Awaiting Federal Funds, BRAC Road Upgrades In Bethesda Continue With State Money

The agency doesn't have the money to pay for it yet, but the Maryland State Highway Administration is starting projects that will upgrade intersections around the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

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