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Friday, July 22, 2011

O'Malley Says He Will Sponsor Same-Sex Marriage Bill Next Year

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has made it official. He will sponsor a bill to allow for same-sex marriages in the state during next year's legislative session.

Washington Humane Society Looks Out For Animals During Heat Wave

When the temperatures spike, Jennifer Gardner hits the road.

Maryland's State Police Superintendent Terrence Sheridan Retiring

Sheridan is retiring after 46 years of law enforcement service. He was the chief of the Baltimore County Police Department for more than 11 years before becoming the superintendent in 2007.

CQ's Roll Call: More On Deficit Reduction Talks, FAA Furlough Goes Into Effect Tonight

Debt limit and deficit reduction talks continued, to no avail, on Capitol Hill this week, and CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing editor David Hawkings spoke with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the ongoing negotiations, as well as a looming furlough of Federal Aviation Administration employees.

UDC Van Ness Campus Closes Due to Excessive Heat

The excessive heat forced the University of the District of Columbia's main campus in Northwest D.C. to close today.

National Zoo Panda Not Pregnant

The National Zoo says it has ended the round-the-clock pregnancy watch for giant panda Mei Xiang. It turns out she was not pregnant after all, according to the Associated Press.

WaPo's McCartney: Politics Push Dulles Metro Above Ground, O'Malley To Sponsor Gay Marriage Bill

Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney talks with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about a decision to change course on the location of a Metro station at Dulles Airport and an expected announcement from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley that he will sponsor a gay marriage bill this fall.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters Will Get Creative For 'Fill The Boot' Campaign

Next month, firefighters in Montgomery County will conduct their annual "Fill The Boot" campaign to benefit muscular dystrophy. But one thing firefighters will have to be careful about this year is to stay on the right side on the law.

D.C. Heat Wave Shows No Signs Of Letting Up

It was already 80 degrees around dawn this morning, and local officials are urging people to take seriously the health and safety warnings that go along with extreme heat.

Civil War Commemoration Stifled by Heat

The commemoration of the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War continues in Manassas today, and hundreds of history buff are expected to continue to brave the area's oppressive heat for the events.

Maryland Producers Urge Residents To 'Buy Local'

Maryland officials are urging residents to stock up on lots of local foods next week, and Gov. Martin O'Malley kicked off the week with a "buy local cookout" in Annapolis Thursday.

Strengthening U.S.-Israeli Relationship Could Boost Virginia’s Job Market

Recent events in the Middle East and the strained relationship between U.S. and Israeli leaders might give the impression that strengthening business ties between the two countries is out of the question. But the head of the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board says that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Pedicabbers Call D.C.'s New Regulations Unfair, Unnecessary

Next week, D.C. is scheduled to enact new safety regulations for pedicabs, those rickshaws strapped to bicycles you often see on the National Mall.

DEW Tour Expected To Draw Huge Crowds in Ocean City

The 2011 DEW Tour for extreme sports events is expected to bring huge crowds to Ocean City, Md. this weekend despite a sweltering forecast. Hundreds of the world's top extreme sports athletes will compete right on the beach.

Federal Default Could Drag Down Virginia and Maryland

If the U.S. government defaults on its debts, both Maryland and Virginia could see their bond ratings lowered, a change that would eventually trickle down to taxpayers.

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