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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Virginia's Education Secretary Heads South

Virginia's education secretary, Gerard Robinson, is leaving the Commonwealth for Florida.

Water Outage Still Affecting 700 In Baltimore

Approximately 700 customers in East Baltimore who have been without water since Saturday will have to wait a little longer for service after repairs to a water main break failed to hold.

D.C. Looks To Soften President's Park

Some say the security features at President's Park in downtown D.C. make it less attractive. But a makeover is now in the works for this popular landmark.

GOP Lawmakers Rain On Virginia Surplus Parade

News that Virginia may end the fiscal year with at least a $100 million budget surplus has prompted mixed reactions from Republican lawmakers.

Virginia Is Creating New Guidelines For Use Of Sewage As Fertilizer

With the price of oil rising in the past year, and the price of petroleum-based fertilizer going up, more farmers in Virginia are considering sludge from sewage treatment plants. They can get it free, but the Commonwealth isn't sure about the safety of so-called biosolids.

Fairfax Summer Schools Return, But Not Completely

Today is the last day of school for students in Fairfax County, and soon, summer classes will begin. Well, at least some of them will.

Metro Employee Union Reaches Out To Riders

The second anniversary of the Red Line train crash that killed nine people at Fort Totten Metro Station is this week, and and the occasion has Metro's employee union trying to bridge a gap between workers and passengers.

Foreclosure Prevention Group Jeopardized By Funding Cuts

Though the pace of foreclosures has slowed, some worry that looming federal funding cuts could put organizations that offer free foreclosure prevention counseling out of business.

Lyme Disease Doesn't Always Stem From Tick Bites

Although the reported number of cases of Lyme disease in the region has dropped in recent years, the health hazard remains, and not all cases of the disease are transmitted by ticks.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Debate Over Action In Libya Creates GOP Friction

Tensions are increasing between Republicans in the Senate and the House over the U.S. military intervention in Libya, The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan. Also, President Obama will address the nation Wednesday about withdrawing troops in Afghanistan.

D.C. Council Reform Proposed By Lawmaker

As the D.C. Council battles questions of unethical or unwise behavior, one member is introducing legislation to deal with some of the issues surrounding the scandals.

Local Smokers Doubt Impact Of New Cigarette Labels

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled several new warning labels Tuesday that graphically depict the negative effects of tobacco use. But local smokers and health professionals have doubts about whether the labels will make a major difference.

Manassas Park Seeks Exemption From Parts Of Voting Rights Act, Gets Support

The Justice Department is supporting a legal effort by the Virginia city of Manassas Park that would grant relief from portions of the Voting Rights Act.

D.C. Council Looks To Restore Public's Confidence

With several unresolved scandals among the District's politicians, two more D.C. Council members have offered suggestions for improvement.

For Some In D.C., Greening Infrastructure Proves Frustrating

When it comes to slowing down pollution, nature can sometimes do a better job than humans or machines. There's a place in Northeast D.C. where that idea is being used to filter stormwater.

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