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Friday, July 29, 2011

Security Problem At Md. Nuke Plan May Bring More Government Monitors

Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they found security problems at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant. The problems have been corrected but those discrepancies will likely trigger closer supervision of the plant.

Ministers Arrested In Capitol For Protesting Debt Deal

There was plenty of drama behind closed doors in the Capitol last night as Congressional leaders attempted to hammer out a debt ceiling agreement, but the building's rotunda saw some action as well as faith leaders were arrested in a protest that involved singing and praying.

Awaiting Federal Funds, BRAC Road Upgrades In Bethesda Continue With State Money

The agency doesn't have the money to pay for it yet, but the Maryland State Highway Administration is starting projects that will upgrade intersections around the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Federal Contractors Watching Debt Ceiling Talks Closely

The President of the Greater Washington Board of Trade says a federal government default on the country's debt could be ten times worse for the D.C. area than a government shutdown.

On Solar Power, Two D.C. Teens Don't Take No For An Answer

When the D.C. Council passed new solar legislation this month, activists called it a win for clean energy. But it was also a big win for two D.C. teenagers who have been promoting solar power since they were 12.

Pay-By-Phone Parking Now Available At All D.C. Meters

Parking in D.C -- its one of the biggest gripes about city-living. But a new program rolled out by the District this week promises to make paying for parking a little easier.

Virginia Group Aims To Help Farmers Pass On Farms To New Owners

Fewer Virginians are taking up farming, leaving the state's number one industry in trouble. But state officials hope that a series of Farm Transition Workshops will pique the interest of a new generation.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Redskins Players Face Lighter Workload As Training Camp Opens

Now that the NFL lockout is over, the Washington Redskins will open up training camp in Ashburn, Va. today.
There's going to be something different about this year's camp:

D.C. Begins Work On Contingency Plans For Dealing With Federal Default

As the clock ticks down for congress to pass a debt-ceiling plan, city lawmakers in the District are drawing up contingency plans for a potential U.S. government default.

National Gallery Conservators Painstakingly Revive Works Of Art

Carol Christensen is a conservator at the National Gallery of Art, but she wouldn't want you to notice her work; if you did, that would mean she's doing a bad job.

Maryland SHA Moves Forward On BRAC Upgrades Without Federal Money

In Maryland, the state Highway Administration will begin upgrading roads connected to the massive expansion of the Bethesda Naval Hospital because of BRAC, even though it doesn't have the money to pay for the projects yet.

Ministers arrested for protest in Capitol Rotunda

Ahead of a House vote tonight to raise the nation's debt ceiling, a group of faith leaders have been arrested for protesting the legislation.

Local Board of Trade Informs, But Can't Reassure Local Businesses

The Greater Washington Board of Trade gathered today to discuss the effects on local businesses of a federal default. Attendees found the meeting informative, but not reassuring.

Debt Ceiling: Md. Treasurer On State Impacts Of A Federal Default

Lawmakers are beginning yet another day of work on plans to raise the debt ceiling and cut the federal deficit. As the country approaches a possible default, local and state leaders in the D.C. area are watching very closely. Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp talked to WAMU's Matt McCleskey about what these negotiations could mean for Maryland.

Two Big Names Gone From Redskins' Roster

The Redskins opened training camp in Ashton, Va. today, but two big names were not with the team.

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