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Monday, August 15, 2011

Connolly To Sponsor Bill To Compensate Recently Furloughed FAA Employees

A local congressman is pushing legislation to provide back pay to workers who were recently furloughed at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Impending Federal Budget Cuts May Have Negative Impact On D.C. Region

A local economist says impending federal budget cuts will have a negative impact on the region’s economy.

Zipcar Encourages "Low-Car Diet"

It’s 7:00 a.m. and Northeast, D.C. resident Tiffany Bridge is about to begin her daily commute to work. Altogether, the trip includes two buses and takes more than an hour. And you know what? She loves it.

Moran Supports History Of Immigration By Co-Sponsoring National Museum Of The American People

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) wants to build a museum on the National Mall, to commemorate the immigrants who have helped make our nation what it is today.

Gov. Bob McDonnell To Succeed Perry As Head Republican Governors Association

With Texas Gov. Rick Perry now in the Republican presidential field, Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell takes over for Perry as head of the Republican Governors Association.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

D.C. Asking Residents Wanted For Nonviolent Felonies To Voluntarily Surrender

Officials in District are encouraging residents wanted for nonviolent felonies to voluntarily surrender this weekend.

Man Convicted Of Killing Elderly Williamsburg Woman Faces Death Penalty

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) says he won't stop next week's execution of a man convicted of assaulting and killing an elderly Williamsburg woman.

Participants Showed Support For Women's Rights In D.C.'s Inaugural Slutwalk

Women from across the region joined together in what’s termed a Slutwalk in order to raise awareness about women’s rights.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wildfire In Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp May Be Largest In History

A wildfire in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp National Refuge has burned nearly 5,600 acres and firefighters are working to strengthen fire lines to contain it.

Former Del. Phil Hamilton Sentenced to 9.5 Years In Federal Prison

Former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton has been sentenced to 9.5 years in federal prison for his role in securing a job at Old Dominion University.

Fairfax County Police Creates Task Force For 'Butt Slasher'

Fairfax County Police have stepped up their efforts to find the so-called "butt slasher." The department has set up a special task force to track the culprit down.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dead Zone In Chesapeake Bay Is One Of The Worst Ever

Scientists say a massive 1,200 square mile dead zone growing in the Chesapeake Bay may be one of the Bay's five worst ever.

Q&A With Rep. Chris Van Hollen About His Role On The Super Committee

When the 12 lawmakers named this week to the debt reduction super committee return from their August break, they'll have their work cut out for them. The group has until Nov. 23 to propose $1.5 trillion in savings over the coming decade. Democrat Chris Van Hollen of the Maryland is the only member of the super committee from our region. He joins us now to talk about his role.

WaPo's McCartney: Walmart's Charitable Donations, Virginia Schools Fail To Meet Federal Benchmarks

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest news in the region, including Walmart's continued donations to chartable programs in the District and Virginia's failure to meet federal education benchmarks under the 'No Child Left Behind' law.

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