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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Lawsuit To Challenge Maryland’s 'DREAM Act' On Ballot

A new lawsuit in Maryland is challenging the state's referendum on offering in-state tuition to some undocumented immigrants.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sewage Overflows Have Declined Following Court Settlement

The sewer and water commission for the Washington suburbs of Maryland says sewage overflows are down sharply following a 2005 court settlement with federal and state environmental regulators and environmental groups.

Bay Bridge Toll Increase Could Be Delayed

Maryland's transportation secretary says toll increases for state bridges, tunnels and roads will most likely be delayed.

Ballou High School To Be Completely Rebuilt Rather Than Rennovated

D.C.'s Mayor Vincent Gray has decided to rebuild Ballou Senior High School even though it's expected to cost several million dollars more than the approximately $60 million it would cost to renovate.

Parking Amnesty Begins In D.C.

Drivers who owe old traffic fines in D.C. are catching a break starting today.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Ceiling Deal Reached On Capitol Hill

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the debt ceiling deal that was finally reached on Capitol Hill.

D.C. Heat: High Temps Expected Through Wednesday

While the humidity is expected to lighten up today, D.C.'s heat wave is expected to continue at least through Wednesday.

Police Seek Suspect That Stole Thousands Using ATM 'Skimmer'

Authorities in Calvert County, Md. are looking for a man who apparently installed a skimming device on an ATM last week.

Debt Ceiling Deal: Local Lawmakers Discuss Final Hours Of Negotiations

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers are closely examining a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling and reduce the deficit announced by President Obama late last night.

Nondisclosure Agreements Given To City Employees Raise Questions

The office of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has reportedly forced staffers to sign limited nondisclosure agreements during the past two weeks as part of a wide-ranging performance review of the city's government.

D.C. Hosts "Beyond the Voucher" Basketball Tournament

Housing officials in the District are using a game of hoops to help young people from low-income families with its first "Beyond The Voucher" basketball tournament.

Several D.C. Public Schools To Reopen As Part of School Modernization Plan

Several of the District's public school buildings will reopen this academic year either partially or fully renovated.

Medical Marijuana Sites To Submit First Applications To D.C. Government

Starting Aug. 5, the D.C. Department of Health is accepting applications for potential growers and dispensers of medical marijuana. The District approved medical cannabis back in 1998, but it was just this past April that Mayor Vincent Gray officially proposed rules for the growing and dispensing of the drug.

Former Slave Pen Becomes Home For Seniors

Low-income seniors now have a new place to live in Alexandria: an affordable housing complex opened by a historically African-American church and located on a block that was once a slave pen.

Amnesty For Overdue Parking Tickets In D.C. Off To Good Start

Drivers in the District with overdue parking tickets are taking advantage of the city's amnesty program that kicked off today.

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