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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Schools Seek Books Program Funding After Budget Cuts

A school in Alexandria is struggling to figure out how to provide students with their own books now that funding has been eliminated for "Reading is Fundamental," a federal literacy program created in the 1960s.

After Dog's Death In Loudoun, Owner Blames Police

A dog owner is blaming the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for the death of his pet, and the incident has many animal owners upset.

After Sulaimon Brown Testimony, Answers Still Elusive

Former long-shot mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown has wrapped up his testimony on the actions of the Mayor Vincent Gray campaign before the D.C. Council. But Brown's long-awaited appearance Monday provided more fireworks than answers.

Thomas' Economic Development Committee Holds Rare Private Meeting

D.C.'s attorney general is suing Council member Harry Thomas Jr. for alleged misuse of $300,000 in city funds, but Thomas insists he will fight the charge. Now Thomas is facing questions about his future.

Maryland Will Study Marcellus Shale Drilling

The state of Maryland will study drilling techniques, including fracking, to be used to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation in the state.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thomas: No Plans To Resign Over Charges Of Misspending Public Money

D.C.'s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Council member Harry Thomas Jr., alleging the lawmaker misspent $300,000 of city funds for personal and political gain.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

An Afro Brazilian blast, trash becomes treasure, Broadway in Bethesda, and live music returns to the Galaxy Hut.

Gone Fishing: D.C. Students Go 'Outdoors' In Urban Environment

In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, hundreds of school children in the region cast their lines in the Constitution Garden Pond.

D.C. Attorney General Files Suit Against Council Member Thomas

D.C.'s Attorney General's Office is releasing the findings of its investigation into a nonprofit run by D.C. Council member Harry Thomas. The attorney general has filed a civil lawsuit against Thomas.

Police Step Up Patrol After Attacks On Trail

Police are stepping up patrols on the Metropolitan Branch trail between D.C. and Maryland after several recent attacks.

Overnight Delays On I-95 In Virginia

Overnight roadwork on Interstate 95 in Virginia is expected to cause delays this week.

CQ Roll Call: Medicare Changes, Diamond Withdraws Fed Nomination, Santorum Running For Republican Presidential Nomination

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including democratic senators request to leave Medicare unchanged, Nobel-prize winning economist Peter Diamond withdrawing his nomination to the Federal Reserve Board of Governor, and Former senator Rick Santorum's plans to announce his run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Democratic Senators Asking Biden To Leave Medicare Unchanged

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is one of five Democratic senators calling on Vice President Joe Biden to leave Medicare unchanged during ongoing budget negotiations.

Lt. Gov. Bolling Optimistic About Virginia's Job Force

Virginia's Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says he remains optimistic about the continued growth of Virginia's workforce. He recently spoke to business leaders in Roanoke about creating jobs and investing in the economy.

Power's Back On, But Pepco Still Working On North Capitol Street

The power outage that affected several blocks of North Capitol Street for several days last week is still causing problems in the neighborhood, with several roads expected to be closed throughout the day while Pepco continues its work.

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