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Friday, May 13, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A progressive dance project, Bethesda has a festival of fine art, and the Moscows of Nantucket spend some time in the DMV.

D.C.'s Budget Autonomy On The Table, Thanks To House Republican

Political observers expecting fireworks on Capitol Hill between D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the Republican members of Congress who oversee the District may have been a little shocked to see much glad-handing between the two sides at a hearing Thursday.

Alexandria Waterfront Plan Would End Hotel Ban, Increase Density

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council are on the verge of dramatically reshaping the waterfront for the next 20 years in a vote scheduled for Saturday.

D.C.'s Accessible Cab Drivers Matter As Much As Cabs Themselves

People in D.C. living with disabilities are celebrating the arrival of new wheelchair-accessible taxis -- the specially trained taxi drivers that come with them may be more important.

Uranium Mining In Virginia Faces Oppposition From Enviro Groups

Several companies in Virginia are lobbying state lawmakers to lift a statewide ban on uranium mining to allow access to a large deposit in Pittsylvania County.

Moran May Get His Wish Of Mark Center Delay

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) may finally get what he's been requesting: a delay in the arrival of more than 6,000 government workers at the new Mark Center complex in Alexandria.

Spending Cuts To Affect Community Action Committees' Ability To Help Poor

As the White House and Congress talk about cutting federal spending, groups in Virginia that work with the poor say those cuts will mean big problems for their clients.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Breaking The Hamilton Case: A Reporter Shares His Story

Former Virginia Delegate Phillip Hamilton (R-Newport News) faces up to 30 years in prison for bribery and extortion. He solicited a job as director of a teacher training center at Old Dominion University while working to secure state funding for it. Bill Sizemore, a reporter for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, broke the story, and his subsequent reporting prompted the federal investigation.

Streamlined Budget-Approval Process Proposed For D.C.

The chairman of the House committee that oversees D.C. says he's willing to work with city leaders on creating more budget autonomy for the District.

D.C. Police To Announce Break In 1999 Cold Case

D.C. police say they have a major break in a cold case that dates back to 1999. Police have scheduled a news conference for Friday to offer more details.

Two Metro Operators Make Critical Errors In Recent Weeks

Metro is trying to figure out why two of its train operators ran red lights at one of its rail yards in just the past few weeks.

Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis Arrive In D.C.

After much delay, people living with disabilities can now ride in a wheelchair-accessible taxi in the District.

Gas Prices Mean Higher Cab Fares In Pr. George's

Because of higher prices at the pump, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is authorizing an emergency surcharge for cab rides of $1 per fare.

Mayor Gray, Council Chair Brown Appear Before Congress

In announcing this hearing, this committee also brought up the possibility of bringing back a control board, which oversaw city finance from 1995 to 2001.

New Terror Alert System Will Have Just Two Levels

The federal government is replacing the old, color-coded terrorism alert system with a new strategy. Now, local governments will play a large role in determining whether it works.

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