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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cases Of Lyme Disease In Virginia And Maryland Increases

In recent years the number of cases of Lyme disease in Virginia and Maryland has grown as the ticks, which carry the disease multiply.

Columbia Pike Braces For Revitalization

Changes are in store for Arlington, Va. where county leaders have been planning to revitalize Columbia Pike for decades -- including new streetcar transit and mixed-use development. But opinions are divided about what that might mean for local residents and businesses.

Fairfax Struggles to Restore Full Slate of Summer School Programs

Many public school systems in Virginia are wrapping up their school year this week, but the pursuit of knowledge will continue for many in summer school.

Leave Policy For Pregnant Firefighters Questioned By D.C. Council Member

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson is expressing concern over the treatment of pregnant firefighters.

Suspect In Pentagon Scare Appears In Court For A Previous Case

The man from Northern Virginia whose suspicious behavior near the Pentagon prompted a security scare Friday is being held without bond. But according to authorities, his charges are unrelated to the Pentagon investigation.

Mayors Conference Push To End Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

Mayors from across the country are wrapping up their annual conference in Baltimore today, and they’re using their final day to send a message to Congress -- urging members to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Virginia's Exports Increased 8 Percent

Exports of goods and services from Virginia are growing and having a large impact on the state's economy.

Offshore Wind Power Conference Kicks Off In Virginia

Offshore wind power will be the focus of a conference this week in Virginia.

CQ Roll Call: Talks During Obama-Boehner Golf Summit, Congress Appalled At Obama’s Actions On Libya

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including the talks and possible negotiations that went on during President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's golf game last Saturday, and Congress' reactions about Obama's decision regarding Libya.

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