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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Montgomery Co. Board Of Ed. Hears Charter School Proposals

Two groups are proposing Montgomery County's first charter schools, and the county's board of education got a full presentation on each of them at a board meeting Monday.

Dominion Customers To See Increase In Fuel Rate

Virginia regulators have approved a fuel rate increase request by Dominion Virginia Power, effective on the first of July. The rate increase will be spread over two years, as opposed to the original one year that Dominion proposed.

Marcum And Accused Killer May Have Had Money Dispute Before Her Death

More insight into the relationship between American University professor Sue Marcum and her alleged killer, including a dispute the two may have had before she died, has come to light.

After Shooting Near Caribbean Parade, Group Says Funds Are Needed To Fight Gangs

A 19-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting that happened near Saturday's Caribbean Festival Parade. The incident has some people questioning the city's gang-prevention efforts.

Report: Defense Department Schools Need Major Renovations

Three-quarters of schools run by the Defense Department on military bases worldwide are either beyond repair or would require extensive renovation before they meet the department's minimum standards, according to a new report. That includes four in Virginia rated "poor" or "failing."

McDonnell To Host Chesapeake Bay Executive Council Meeting

Governor Bob McDonnell will host the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting with other governors in July, an announcement that comes at a time when a slew of new environmental laws are taking effect in the commonwealth.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Long-Awaited Metro Audit Will Be Released By GAO Thursday

UPDATE: A long-anticipated federal audit of Metro will be released to the public Thursday, according to a spokesman at the Government Accountability Office.

Va. Governor To Host Chesapeake Bay Restoration Meeting

The Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting, which will be hosted by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, is set for July 11 in Richmond.

Nationals To Play First Game With New Manager

The Washington Nationals will take the field in California Monday against the Angels with new manager Davey Johnson leading the team for the first time.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Talks Deficit Reduction, Bachman Launches Presidential Campaign, Senate Discusses Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, gives an analysis of this week's top news on Capitol Hill, including more negotiations over the deficit reduction, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman's official presidential campaign launch, and decisions regarding U.S. involvement with Libya.

TSA Considers Enabling Faster Security Screening At Airports

Long delays and security lines at airports are all too common and expected, but a new program on the table at the Transportation Security Administration could mitigate that.

National HIV Testing Day In D.C.

Today is national HIV testing day, and activists in the District are hoping to bring in hundreds to get tested, and then keep the momentum going.

E. Coli Cases In Va. Prompt Talks Of Possible Outbreak

Local health officials say a a young Virginia girl who died from an E. coli infection is among 18 people in Virginia and Tennessee who have been infected with the bacteria over the past six weeks.

Local Lawmakers See Little Wiggle Room In Debt Ceiling Debate

This week President Obama is attempting to revive negotiations to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and local lawmakers are acknowledging the tough road ahead for negotiators.

After Journalists' Arrests At Taxicab Commission, Council Eyes Overhaul

D.C.'s Attorney General is investigating why two reporters were arrested at a taxicab commission hearing last week, and now one council member wants to think about change.

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