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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Va. Senator Seeking Seat On Debt Ceiling 'Super Committee'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the deal struck over the weekend to resolve the debt-ceiling standoff "dodged a bullet," but Congress must follow up by enacting a broader solution to the federal government's debt problems.

Fungus Pushes Frogs Towards Extinction

It's been called a crisis in amphibian biology: more than a third of amphibian species are at risk of extinction. Habitat loss and climate change are both causes, but so is an invasive disease that's been called the smallpox of the amphibian world. Researchers from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland recently traveled to Panama to try to help limit the effects of the disease.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Several D.C. Public Schools To Reopen As Part of School Modernization Plan

Several of the District's public school buildings will reopen this academic year either partially or fully renovated.

Medical Marijuana Sites To Submit First Applications To D.C. Government

Starting Aug. 5, the D.C. Department of Health is accepting applications for potential growers and dispensers of medical marijuana. The District approved medical cannabis back in 1998, but it was just this past April that Mayor Vincent Gray officially proposed rules for the growing and dispensing of the drug.

Former Slave Pen Becomes Home For Seniors

Low-income seniors now have a new place to live in Alexandria: an affordable housing complex opened by a historically African-American church and located on a block that was once a slave pen.

Amnesty For Overdue Parking Tickets In D.C. Off To Good Start

Drivers in the District with overdue parking tickets are taking advantage of the city's amnesty program that kicked off today.

Consider This By Fred Fiske: Veterans Returning Home

Lately, it seems that nostalgia just ain't what it used to be. Perhaps it's the increasing years, and the plethora of memories, or maybe it's my reluctance to seem like an old man dwelling upon the past.

Voters Express Anger As House Prepares To Vote On Debt Ceiling

Lawmakers have been getting an earful from angry voters, and that extended to the House floor today where nine protestors were arrested in the gallery after chanting their opposition to the compromise measure on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

Alexandria Police Begin Issuing Tickets To Red Light Camera Violators

While drivers in D.C. are getting a break, police in Alexandria are cracking down, and beginning today, those red light tickets will cost you.

Sewage Overflows Have Declined Following Court Settlement

The sewer and water commission for the Washington suburbs of Maryland says sewage overflows are down sharply following a 2005 court settlement with federal and state environmental regulators and environmental groups.

Bay Bridge Toll Increase Could Be Delayed

Maryland's transportation secretary says toll increases for state bridges, tunnels and roads will most likely be delayed.

Ballou High School To Be Completely Rebuilt Rather Than Rennovated

D.C.'s Mayor Vincent Gray has decided to rebuild Ballou Senior High School even though it's expected to cost several million dollars more than the approximately $60 million it would cost to renovate.

Parking Amnesty Begins In D.C.

Drivers who owe old traffic fines in D.C. are catching a break starting today.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Ceiling Deal Reached On Capitol Hill

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the debt ceiling deal that was finally reached on Capitol Hill.

D.C. Heat: High Temps Expected Through Wednesday

While the humidity is expected to lighten up today, D.C.'s heat wave is expected to continue at least through Wednesday.

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