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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Virginia Rep. Wants To Streamline Offshore Wind Projects

Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman (R) has introduced a bill to speed up offshore wind energy projects even before they reach the public hearing stage.

Rich Baltimore: Chemistry Class Shapes A Career

Rich Baltimore, a sustainability, energy and climate change consultant from the District, recalls the first time he made water out of thin air -- and the chain reaction it set off in his life.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Democrats Draw Boundaries In Deficit Talks

Democrats in Congress are drawing a firm line in negotiations with Republicans over the debt limit, The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan, but they're still facing questions about the recent scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Also, Bolton explains the significance of the fact that more than 30 Republicans voted to eliminate a tax break for ethanol producers.

New Va. Laws Focus On School Safety

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law several bills intended to improve school safety Tuesday.

D.C. Council Takes Final Vote On 2012 Budget

The D.C. Council has taken its second and final vote on the budget for the 2012 fiscal year, and that meant a lot of haggling and back and forth at the Wilson Building.

Md. Senator Seeks To Improve Transportation With Tight Funds

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is asking lawmakers to consider a different way to improve the nation's roads and bridges. Cardin introduced a bill Tuesday to do exactly that.

Companies Face Criticism In Campaign Against Rainforest Destruction

The environmental group Greenpeace has been stepping up its campaign against rainforest destruction. The organization is going after companies it says use materials from rainforest trees, including one with ties to Virginia.

Tractor-Trailer Driver Charged In I-66 Accident

A tractor-trailer driver has been charged in an accident that snarled traffic on Interstate 66 in northern Virginia Tuesday morning.

'97 U.S. Open Winner And Congressional Country Club Member Welcomes Heat

Many things have changed for Ernie Els since his U.S. Open victory at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., in 1997. For one thing, he's now a member of the country club.

Arlington County Libraries To Extend Hours

Additional funding means Arlington County, Va., is planning to expand its hours at several public library branches.

National Building Museum To Begin Charging Admission

Citing economic pressures, the National Building Museum in downtown D.C. is slated to begin charging admission in July. Certain areas of the museum and events held throughout the year will still be free, according to a statement from the museum.

Arrest In Carl Diener Murder Case, More Than A Year Later

Police have arrested two men in the killing of a retired federal worker in the Clarendon area of Arlington in 2009.

HOT Lanes Enforcement Stepped Up

Watch out on the region's HOV lanes today, as law enforcement officers will be swarming entrances to the lanes as part of Capital Region HOV Awareness Day.

Report: Va.'s Tobacco Commission Needs Work

The panel charged with doling out hundreds of millions of tobacco industry dollars in Virginia's depressed tobacco farming areas could use some improvement, according to a report released by the Commonwealth's auditing body.

U.S. Open: For Fred Funk, One Last Major In His Hometown

More than 150 golfers will play at this week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, but this year is extra special for one of them, a College Park native with strong ties to the D.C. area.

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