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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Lawsuit To Challenge Maryland’s 'DREAM Act' On Ballot

A new lawsuit in Maryland is challenging the state's referendum on offering in-state tuition to some undocumented immigrants.

Alexandria Police Participate In National Night Out

More than 10,000 communities across the country are participating in National Night Out -- an annual event aimed at bringing residents and law enforcement closer together.

Lobby Calls on Congress To Prevent D.C. Pest Dumping

Lobbyists for pest control companies are calling on members of Congress to de-fund a new law regulating the capture of wild animals that find their way into D.C. homes.

"Smooth Operator" Program Targets Aggressive Drivers In Maryland

Nearly 400 people died in traffic accidents in the District, Maryland and Virginia in 2009, and officials say about one-third of those deaths were due to aggressive driving.

Maryland Senators Vote To Raise The Debt Limit

Maryland's senators joined the majority of Congress in voting for a deal to keep the nation from defaulting on its loans.

Senate Passes Debt Ceiling Deal

A deal to raise the federal government's debt limit by $1 trillion has passed the Senate, by a vote of 74-26. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later today.

Hundreds Of MPD Officers Prepare For National Night Out

National Night Out kicks off later tonight and law enforcement authorities from around the region will be out walking the streets.

Florida Ave. Reopens After Fatal Accident, Baby Born In Traffic Backup

Update 10:20 a.m.: Florida Avenue NW has reopened after being closed in both directions around New York Avenue NW this morning after a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer, according to NBC Washington. The traffic backup that resulted from the accident also required one woman to give birth while stuck in her car.

Mountain Lion Siting In Loudoun County

Residents of Round Hill, Va., believe they've seen and heard a mountain lion in their midst, according to reports.

Two Northern Virginia Congressmen Decry Debt Deal

The region's U.S. House lawmakers split their votes on whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

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.

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