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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Maryland Rolls Out Phone-Based Traffic Alerts

Motorists in Maryland can now receive up-to-the-minute traffic information through a new phone system.

Robyn Gardner's Mother Praying For Her Safe Return

The mother of a woman who disappeared during a trip to Aruba tells the Associated Press the family is hoping for the best outcome and praying she'll be with them soon.

MLK Memorial Will Open Early For District Residents

District residents will get a sneak peek at the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial later this month.

Advocates Seek Continued Funding For Farmers' Markets

Advocates for farmers markets say locally-sourced fruits and vegetables aren't just adding flavor to our refrigerators, they also spice up our economy. But supporters worry federal grants for farmers markets could soon disappear.

Advisory Group Debates Plan For Alexandria Waterfront

Should the Alexandria waterfront have hotels or parks? That's at the heart of a debate now playing out at City Hall, where members of an advisory panel are expected to issue recommendations Nov. 1.

Rockville Wrestles With How To Control Deer Population

White tail deer are a growing problem in the city of Rockville, Md., and now city officials are asking for residents' input on how to control them.

Youth Voices: Raven Reese

Sooner or later, every child must realize that the world is more than just a playground, and that being a parent involves more than just saying 'Yes, you may.' For commentator Raven Reese, those lessons were particularly difficult ones.

Murders Down 43 Percent In D.C. After Coordinated City Effort

Authorities in D.C. say this summer has been one of the safest on record, with the number of homicides down 43 percent from last year.

Prince George's County Teachers Protest Their Deportation

The pursuit of the American dream doesn't always have a happy ending. That's certainly the case for hundreds of international teachers recruited from all over the world to work for the Prince George's County school system. These teachers are now being told they have to go home.

Virginia Vets Board Seeks More Funding For Veterans Services

Soon thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will return home, many of them to Virginia, with medical injuries and job placement needs. The Virginia Board of Veterans Services is asking the Governor to help beef up staffing and funding to accommodate the new requests.

Aug. 11 Among Busiest Days On American Roads

The first two weeks of August are among the busiest for American highways, with millions of people trying to squeeze in a getaway before the end of the summer.

Federal Funds To Help Virginia's Broccoli Boom

Fifty years ago, broccoli was a vegetable virtually unknown in America, but its popularity has grown steadily. Consumption is up 600 percent, and Virginia farmers are vowing to get their share of the broccoli business by joining a federally funded campaign to grow more broccoli on the east coast.

Wal-Mart Continues Charitable Donations, Pushes To Open More Stores In D.C.

As Wal-Mart pushes to open up stores in the District, it continues to make charitable donations to different local causes. Today the giant retailer announced it's donating $3 million to job training programs in D.C.

Customs Agents Seize 18 Pounds Of Cocaine At Dulles Airport

A drug-sniffing dog has discovered out more than 18 lbs. of cocaine on a plane at Dulles International Airport. But agents have few clues as to the intended recipients.

Fewer Virginia Schools Meet Federal Standards

In Virginia, more than three-fifths of Virginia's public schools and 97 percent of districts failed to meet annual benchmarks in reading and math under 'No Child Left Behind.'

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