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Saturday, August 6, 2011

HIV Infections Have Stabilized In U.S., But Black Males Still At High Risk

HIV infections in America have stabilized over the past three years, according to a new study by the Federal Center For Disease Control. However, there's still one group that remains at high risk.

Algae In The Potomac Causing Skin Irritation And Nausea

Maryland health officials say potentially toxic blue-green algae has been found in the mouth of the Mattawoman Creek near Indian Head and the Potomac River, south of the creek, and they are urging residents to avoid swimming and other water contact in the area.

Cuccinnelli Publicizes Programs That Help Elderly And Veterans

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinnelli has been busy with two high-profile federal cases: lawsuits over the healthcare mandate and greenhouse gas emissions.

Program Uses Theater To Promote Drug Abuse Screening

Actress Debra Winger is in Washington, D.C. this weekend to help educate health care providers through the Addiction Performance Project, which aims to promote drug abuse screening at the doctor's office.

Animal Shelters Swell During Summer Swelter

For animal shelters, the dog days of summer have a special meaning.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Arc Of Greater PW County Looks To Expand

The Arc of Greater Prince William County, a nonprofit providing care for developmentally and physically disabled citizens, says it needs to expand to meet growing community needs.

Prince William Co. Files Second Lawsuit Against DHS

Leaders in Virginia's Prince William County already have one lawsuit pending against the federal Department of Homeland Security, and now they've filed another.

Animal Shelters Offer Adoption Deals During the Dog Days of Summer

Animal advocates are feeling the heat as shelters swell with pets.

Program Uses Theater To Educate Doctors About Treating Addiction

Academy Award-nominated actress Debra Winger is in D.C. this weekend to help educate health care providers through the Addiction Performance Project, which aims to get doctors to screen their patients for drug abuse.

Maryland Keeps AAA Bond Rating

Maryland will keep its AAA bond rating from the ratings agency Moody's Investors Service, according to an Associated Press report.

Youth Voices: Martine Gaetan

Some people pursue so-called "ideals of beauty" -- but at what price? Commentator Martine Gaetan recalls the struggle she had coming face-to-face with her self-image and accepting what she saw in the mirror.

CQ Roll Call: FAA Deal, Congress's Poor Approval Rating, Super Committee Picks

Congress had a busy week with the approval of a deal to raise the federal debt limit and cut the deficit, followed by a last minute agreement to pass a bill ending the partial closure of the FAA. CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing editor David Hawkings talks with WAMU Morning Edition Anchor Matt Bush about these actions, as well the abysmal approval rating numbers Congress received this week.

U.S. Job Numbers Up For July, But D.C.'s Unemployment Jumped In June

Amidst the turmoil in the economy over the last few years, many have viewed D.C. as one of the lone economic engines in the country. But new employment numbers suggest that could be changing.

Metro Maintenance To Delay Weekend Commute

Metro riders should expect to add extra time to their rail commute this weekend, as the next few days are shaping up to be quite busy for maintenance crews working on the tracks.

Teens Engage In Tough Talk About Impacts Of Unemployment

Youth leaders from organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area teamed up for a Community Educational Day about health and wellness issues.

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