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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

D.C. Region Faces Another Day Of Extreme Heat

A Code Orange air quality alert is in effect for the Baltimore-Washington region, to go along with the extreme heat that is expected to stick around for at least one more day.

D.C. Kids Prep For A Summer With Far Fewer City Programs

Non profits in Washington D.C. are calling it the 'perfect storm': Two months where funding for summer classes, a youth jobs program and enrichment activities have been slashed because of the District's multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

In Nigeria, Former Va. Gov. Learns Political Lessons

Former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder went to Nigeria in May to provide advice to elected leaders restructuring their government after years of political unrest, but Wilder says he came back more knowledgeable about issues the United States struggles with as well.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Booty Candy, and Alexander and Fam.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Obama To Meet With House On Debt Ceiling

President Obama is planning to meet with House Republicans Wednesday and House Democrats on Thursday. Among the planned topics is the nation's debt ceiling. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill, speaks with WAMU's All Things Considered host, Pat Brogan, about what's expected.

Bus Company Behind I-95 Crash To Be Shut Down

The U.S. Department of Transportation is shutting down the company behind Tuesday's fatal bus accident on I-95 in Virginia.

Monday, May 30, 2011

What Is BRAC? Your Questions Answered

A quick guide to the basics of BRAC's local impacts. WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show will be exploring its various effects on the D.C. region throughout the month of June, and WAMU 88.5 News has compiled its coverage from the past year.

Adopt A Trail In Maryland For National Trails Day

National Trails Day is next weekend and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help maintain trails at state parks across Maryland.

Virginia's Libraries Seek To Preserve WWII Memories

The ]Library of Virginia](http://www.lva.virginia.gov/) wants World War II veterans and their families to share diaries, correspondence, and other materials.

After Dancing Arrests, Park Police Launch Inquiry

After the arrests of several protesters for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial Saturday was caught on video, the U.S. Park Police has launched an inquiry into the conduct of the arresting officers, according to an NBC4 report.

Heat Advisory In Effect Today, Tomorrow

It's going to be hot out there today and tomorrow, and health officials in the area have issued a heat advisory as of noon today. The advisory is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Yvette Lewis Named Acting Md. Democratic Party Chair

Maryland Democrats have a new acting party chair: Yvette Lewis, a longtime political volunteer with an unusual background.

Police Seek Arsonist In Laurel Car Fires

Authorities in Maryland are looking for an arsonist set fire to two vehicles used by the Deputy City Administrator of Laurel.

Group Seeks National Recognition For WWI Memorial

On the National Mall, you'll find national memorials to three of the 20th century's major wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. But you won't find a national memorial to World War I.

MoCo GOP Members Cast Straw Votes For 2012

Montgomery County's registered voters are overwhelmingly Democrat, but that didn't stop Republican activists from conducting a straw poll to see which GOP presidential contenders the county's voters would support in the 2012 election.

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