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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mayor Gray Still Seeking Welfare Reform In D.C.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray continues to press for welfare reform in the District after reducing benefits for long-term recipients earlier this year.

Montgomery Co. Council To Vote On Police Union Negotiations

Later today, council members in Montgomery County will vote on changes to the way it negotiates with the county's police union.

On Pepco's Tree Trimming Plans, Montgomery Co. Council Still Skeptical

In response to last year's lengthy power outages following severe thunderstorms, Pepco promised to increase tree-trimming in Montgomery County. Now, it's looking to the County Council for approval to do that work.

Virginia Officials Weigh Whether To Release Records Of Arrests And 911 Calls

A special advisory panel is weighing whether Virginia’s open-government laws should require public disclosure of calls to 911 emergency centers, arrest information, and other police records.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Sierra Maestra at Artisphere, Candy and Dorothy come to Rockville and an actor explores why people hate actors.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pepco Wants More Authority In Tree-Trimming In Montgomery County

In Maryland, Pepco is asking for more authority to trim trees in Montgomery County. But old wounds have yet to heal, meaning the utility is unlikely to get what it wants.

African American Civil War Museum Reopens Days Before 150th Anniversary Of Start of Civil War

The District's African American Civil War Museum has reopened just days before the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

New Program In D.C. Has Homeless Renovating Homes For A Home Of Their Own

Renovations begin today on a run-down vacant building in Southeast, D.C. – a building that will one day become a house for homeless people on welfare. The construction crew working to fix up the place will be its first tenants.

More Fall in Prince George County Corruption Probe

A former Prince George's County fire department official is the latest person to face prison time as a result of a wide-ranging probe into corruption in the county.

Another Hold-up On Metropolitan Branch Trail

Two more robberies have occurred on a trail between Washington and Maryland where there have been several robberies in recent months, the Associated Press reports.

CQ Roll Call: Debt-Ceiling Talks Continue This Week

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news that’s going with the nation’s debt crisis.

Lanes Closed On Beltway in Md. For Resurfacing

Roadwork starting today could cause delays on the Capital Beltway in Maryland over the coming months.

Fire At Washington Yacht Club Devastates Four Boats

Some bits of charred wood and the tip of a bow protruding from the water are all the remain of four boats that burned at the Washington Yacht Club in Southeast D.C. early this morning.

Ehrlich Campaign Aides Due In Court Today

Two political operatives that worked for Maryland's former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich during the 2010 campaign are due in court today over robocalls made on Election Day.

New African American Civil War Museum Opens Today

In the District, the African American Civil War Museum is set to reopen today at a new location.

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