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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Farm Runoff Is A Significant Polluter Of Bay

Runoff from farms is one significant polluter of the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Redistricting Committee To Hold 12 Public Meetings

Maryland residents will have at least 12 opportunities to weigh in on how the state will redraw its political districts.

Maryland Lawmakers Hope To Restore Funding For Generation Space Telescope

Some local lawmakers are up in arms over plans to cut funding for the next generation space telescope.

D.C.P.S. 2011 Standardized Test Scores Have Been Released

This year's standardized test results are in. The District's traditional and charter public schools posted slight gains at the secondary school level, but there was virtually no change at the elementary school level.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Results For The 2011 Standardized Test Scores For D.C.P.S. Have Been Released

The preliminary results of the 2011 standardized tests for D.C. Public Schools has been released. While there have been increases at the secondary school level, this is the second year elementary school scores have fallen.

Castleton Farms Brings Unique Music Festival To Rappahannock County, Va.

The winding roads of Rappahannock County in Virginia are scenic and sparsely populated -- with approximately 26 people per square mile. But each summer the number swells by about a thousand people per day, as visitors and participants converge on a unique summer festival called Castleton Farms.

Trial Date Set In Lululemon Homicide

An October 24 trial date has been set for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Continues Debt Ceiling Talks This Weekend, Congress Works On Cutting Its Own Budget

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, offers the latest news on Capitol Hill, including the continuing talks on the deficit reductions and Congress' plan to cut its own budget.

WaPo's McCartney: Voters Decide On Maryland DREAM Act, D.C.P.S. Releases This Years Test Scores

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top news, including the fate the DREAM Act in Maryland, and the release of the latest test scores for elementary and secondary schools in the District.

Weekend Delays On Inner Loop

Construction work on the Wilson Bridge Project will cause delays this weekend on the Capital Beltway.

Power Plant Generating Dangerous Emissions Over Potomac River

Dangerous emissions from the Potomac River generating station are wafting across the river into Ward 8, causing harmful breathing conditions, especially for those with respiratory problems.

FTA Head: McDonnell To Pitch In $150 Million More To Dulles Metrorail

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be pitching in more money to the Dulles Metrorail project, despite his recent complaints that its cost has grown too high.

A Sneak Peak At Metro's New Train Cars

In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in its place will be a fleet of all new train cars.

Riders Tell Metro: Shorten Station Names!

With a new subway line in Northern Virginia on the horizon, Metro is revamping its iconic map. And since it’s going to be changing the map, Metro is also looking to change the names of some of its stations.

Kwame Brown Case Referred To Federal Investigators

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is now the third city lawmaker facing scrutiny from federal investigators. Election officials say the U.S. Attorney's office has taken records related to Brown's 2008 campaign and it's now up to federal authorities to decide what happens next.

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