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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Perry Joins McDonnell At Va. Fundraiser

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking a break from early primary states to attend a fundraiser in Virginia today. National Journal Hotline editor Reid Wilson talks about the political climate in the state.

Arlington To Give 100 Homes To Homeless

Arlington house

Arlington County is working to provide homes for 100 of its most needy homeless individuals in the coming months.

D.C. Region's Uninsured Below Average

Stethoscope

Despite a rising poverty rate, the number of uninsured in the D.C. region is below the national average.

Kaine Rejects GOP Claims About Social Security

Tim Kaine at podium

Former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine went on the offensive Tuesday, attacking Republican claims that Social Security needs reforms.

New D.C. Jobs Program Faces Challenges

Mayor Vincent Gray

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed job placement program already has some supporters, but business leaders insist that it may not be enough to spur job growth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Anti-Gang Measures In Suburban Md.

State officials are teaming up with the United Way on a campaign to educate youth in suburban Maryland about gang violence.

Census: D.C. Has Third-Highest Poverty Rate

homeless man

The number of Americans in poverty rose to 46 million in 2010, according to new figures from the Census Bureau released Tuesday.

Piece Of WTC Graces Hagerstown, Md. Memorial

A piece of the World Trade Center is becoming the centerpiece of a 9/11 memorial in Hagerstown, Md. Tuesday night.

Rockville Boy Seriously Injured In House Fire

Montgomery County Fire Fighters

A 10-year-old boy was critically injured Monday morning after faulty wiring for an electric dryer ignited a blaze in his Rockville home.

Mark Center Traffic: Tame So Far

Mark Center in Alexandria

The lengthy traffic jams expected along the Interstate-395 corridor once the Department of Defense Mark Center building opened in Alexandria haven't materialized since employees started moving in earlier this month.

D.C. Corrections Officer Accused Of Death Threat

D.C. Department of Corrections Central Detention Facility

The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Corrections are investigating a corrections officer after a transgender inmate at the city's central facility says the officer threatened to kill her.

Congress Holds Final 9/11 Ceremony

Congress Sings "God Bless America"

In a rare show of unity, members of both chambers of Congress stood on the steps of the Capitol building to sing "God Bless America" in honor of the heroes of Flight 93 Monday evening.

More DCPS Teachers Accepting Bonuses

classroom

As many as 70 percent of "highly effective" DCPS teachers accepted bonuses this year, up 10 percent from last year.

After Irene, Mixed Reviews For Pepco

pepco reliability contractor

Montgomery County leaders are still in disagreement over whether Pepco did a good job getting the electricity back on after Hurricane Irene.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Virginia Weighing Merits of ESL Programs

Virginia's legislature is weighing the merits of enhanced English as a Second Language programs.

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