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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Maryland Assessment Scores Up, But Not In Baltimore

The 2011 Maryland School Assessment scores show continued gains in reading and math among elementary and middle school children, but not every school system saw improvements.

Fire Strikes Hook In Georgetown, Forcing Road Closures

A fire broke out this afternoon at Hook Restaurant on M Street in Georgetown, causing significant damage, according to D.C. Fire/EMS. The cause is under investigation.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Montgomery Co. Schools Superintendent Gives Farewell Address

In Maryland, Dr. Jerry Weast will retire Thursday after 12 years as the superintendent of Montgomery County schools. He sat in on his final Board of Education meeting Monday night.

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.

DCPS Teachers, Staff Train To Help Students With Sex Education

Officials are working with teachers and staff in 10 D.C. public schools to train them on how to educate students who have questions about sexual health.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Obama To Meet With Democrats About Debt Ceiling

A big meeting is planned for Wednesday at the White House over what seems to be the main issue affecting lawmakers: the nation's debt ceiling. President Obama and four senior Democratic leaders will discuss raising the debt ceiling. It's one of a series of meetings the president has had on the topic. The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan what both parties are bringing to the table in the deficit talks.

Wallops Island Will Still See NASA Action After Shuttle Program Ends

Millions of Americans will watch, next month, as the space shuttle blasts off for the last time. But the nation's space program will continue, and much of the action will be on Virginia's Wallops Island.

Lawsuit Blames MetroAccess For Exposing Riders To TB

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the District against Metro and a contractor for the transit service. That group of riders says a MetroAccess bus driver may have exposed them to tuberculosis.

Gallaudet Finds Deaf People Don't See Better, They See Differently

A new discovery at D.C.'s Gallaudet University challenges a widespread notion about people who don't hear.

Disability Benefits In MoCo Changed By Council

Council members in Montgomery County, Md., have approved sweeping changes to disability retirement packages for county workers. The council passed the changes without going through collective bargaining, which has angered many.

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