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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Maryland Rates Poorly On Power Plant Pollution

Maryland fared badly in new rankings on pollution from power plants, but state officials say the findings are based on outdated information.

Cuccinelli Aids Wrongly Accused Man That Spent 27 Years In Jail

Thomas Haynesworth, 46, was arrested in 1984 for a series of assaults in his Richmond-area neighborhood. He proclaimed his innocence from the start, but it wasn't until two years ago that DNA evidence proved that a notorious serial rapist named Leon Davis had committed one of the crimes.

Children Of Military Families Experience 'Boot Camp' For A Day

About 100 youngsters got a taste of military training at Fort Belvoir in Virginia this week in a program organized by the USO (United Services Organization) for children in military families.

Maryland Implements Digital Check-Ins For Parolees

Around 65,000 Maryland residents are on parole or probation. The state now wants to make it easier for them to check in, and make it easier for officers to keep track of them.

For Dulles Metro Project, The Fight Is Far From Over

After months of intense negotiations, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has dropped its plans to build an underground Metro Station at Dulles Airport. The move may have satisfied some local lawmakers, but negotiations on the project are far from over.

UDC Scores Low In Teacher Training Rankings

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is calling several student teaching programs in the D.C. area weak or poor, saying they inadequately prepare future educators for the classroom.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Bethesda's best in the City of Angels and all kinds of emotions in the District.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Senate Debt Limit Agreement May Be Too Late

Several key members of the Senate reached a deal that could end the seemingly endless federal deficit negotiations late Monday. The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan about the deal on the debt limit talks the Senate's Gang of Six reached late Tuesday.

Montgomery Co. Council Changes Police Union's Collective Bargaining Process

Council members in Montgomery County have approved changes in they way the county bargains with its police union, and those changes aren't exactly welcome with union members.

Maryland Bill Aims To Lower The Volume At Dance Halls

A bill designed to reduce the violence at dance halls and clubs in Prince George's County has passed County Council scrutiny.

Tree Branch Falls In D.C. Park, Injures Five

Five people, including three children, have been taken to the hospital after being struck by a large branch while playing in a D.C. park.

Gray Campaign Investigated for Illegally Converted Cash Contributions

D.C.'s office of campaign finance is investigating allegations that Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign illegally converted cash contributions into money orders.

Fairfax Man Arrested In Connection With Pakistani Spy Agency Payments

A federal law enforcement official says a man from Virginia is under arrest and has been charged with getting money from Pakistan's spy agency and acting as an unregistered foreign lobbyist for the Pakistani government, according to the Associated Press.

More Snakehead Fish Found In Maryland

The northern snakehead fish is extending its territory in Maryland.

Patrols Heightened On Metropolitan Branch Trail After More Muggings

Many commuters and others who use the Metropolitan Branch Trail say they're upset about an ongoing rash of robberies there.