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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Jobs And Debit Card Transaction Fees Grab Attention

Senior staff writer at The Hill, Alex Bolton, speaks with WAMU's Pat Brogan about how recent jobs numbers have lawmakers refocusing on job creation. Bolton also unpacks a bill that has been keeping bank lobbyists busy.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Singalongs, drama, and the faces and stories of D.C. youth.

Police Confirm 12-Year-Old In Gaithersburg Was Stabbed

Police in Montgomery County, Md., are continuing their investigation into the death of a 12-year-old girl found inside her home in Gaithersburg last week. The police are now confirming the girl was stabbed.

Festival Aims To Get Kids Outdoors

Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and there will be an event taking place at Kingman Island to promote healthy living.

Going To The U.S. Open? Driving Is Preferred Option

Even without Tiger Woods, next week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., will attract tens of thousands of fans. For this event, traveling by Metro may not be the most convenient method.

Syria's Surviving Human Rights Groups

Protests in Syria continue despite gruesome images of torture and attacks on protesters. These images are available courtesy of Syrian human rights groups, some of whom have help from Syrian activists and scholars now living in the D.C. region.

Missing Swimmer's Body Recovered From Tridelphia Reservoir

Rescue crews in Montgomery County, Md., say they have recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in the Tridelphia Reservoir.

Virginia Develops New 'Quiet' Pavement

Virginia's Department of Transportation has invented a new blend of pavement that's supposedly better at absorbing sound. This new blend, called a Porous Friction Course, is undergoing testing on the Prince William County Parkway in Manassas.

Opponents Of Maryland DREAM Act Pass First Petition Test

In Maryland, opponents of a law that will allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at state colleges and universities are another step closer to getting the measure before voters.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Democratic Senators Asking Biden To Leave Medicare Unchanged

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is one of five Democratic senators calling on Vice President Joe Biden to leave Medicare unchanged during ongoing budget negotiations.

Lt. Gov. Bolling Optimistic About Virginia's Job Force

Virginia's Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says he remains optimistic about the continued growth of Virginia's workforce. He recently spoke to business leaders in Roanoke about creating jobs and investing in the economy.

Power's Back On, But Pepco Still Working On North Capitol Street

The power outage that affected several blocks of North Capitol Street for several days last week is still causing problems in the neighborhood, with several roads expected to be closed throughout the day while Pepco continues its work.

Sulaimon Brown To Testify At D.C. Council Today

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown will testify publicly for the first time about the allegations he was paid and promised a job by the campaign of Mayor Vincent Gray for his help during the race. The hearing is scheduled for today at 1 p.m.

Region's Public Safety Chiefs Make More Than Governors

The salaries of many of the police and fire chiefs in the Washington region outpace the earnings of their states' governors.

Moran: Congress Could Support Transit Through Tax Policy

Congress isn't likely to spend a lot on local transportation infrastructure projects in the near term, but Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran (D) says lawmakers could use tax policy to make communities less congested.

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