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Friday, July 1, 2011

Maryland Alcohol Tax: Drinking Will Cost More Starting Today

For those celebrating the holiday weekend with an ice cold beer (or other alcoholic beverage) in Maryland, it's going to cost them something extra. A 10-cent per drink tax hike goes into effect today in the state.

New Drunk Driving Law Extends Suspension, Raises Offense For Teens

A law stiffening the penalty for teens who drive drunk takes effect in Virginia Friday.

Big Tree Hunters Search For Champions

Every year conservationists from across the country compete in a contest to identify champions for The National Register of Big Trees. The organization responsible for the register, American Forests, unveils its new list of winners today.

Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches' Waters Get Superstar Ratings

Just in time for the height of summer, Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches in Delaware received superstar ratings. The two are among the top four beaches in the country, according to a national report released on the water quality of America's beaches.

New Va. Laws To Reduce Financial Burden On Disabled, Unemployed

A number of new laws in Virginia take effect Friday to reduce the financial burden for people who are injured, jobless, or taking care of loved ones who suffer from disorders or disabilities.

CQ Roll Call: Debt Ceiling Negotiations, July 4 Recess Cancelled, GOP To Block Libya Bill

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks with WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including debt ceiling negotiations, the cancellation of the Senate's July 4 recess, and the possible fallout of President Obama's stern warning to Congress earlier this week.

WaPo's McCartney: Leslie Johnson Determined To Keep Council Seat, Poll Shows High Marks For McDonnell, Poll Show Americans Think U.S. Should Stay Out of Libya

Washington Post columnist Bob McCartney offers an analysis on some of this week's top stories including whether or not Prince George's Council member Leslie Johnson will be forced to resign early after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges regarding a federal corruption probe, the details behind a new poll revealing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's increased popularity ratings, and another poll that shows over 50 percent of Americans think the U.S. has no business in Libya.

ACLU Sues D.C. Government Over Photographer's Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that the Metropolitan Police Department violated a photography student's civil rights in D.C. last summer when they detained him for photographing a traffic stop. The group filed a lawsuit against the D.C. government in U.S. District Court Thursday.

Delaware Hopes To Ease Holiday Bottleneck With New EZPass Lanes

If you're heading north from the D.C. area for July 4, the state of Delaware may have some good news for you, as far as traffic goes.

Leslie Johnson May Keep Serving On County Council, For Now

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson pleaded guilty yesterday to destruction of evidence charges in an FBI corruption case targeting her husband former county executive Jack Johnson. But Johnson isn't leaving the spotlight just yet.

Lalaram Guyadin: Seeing The Down Side Of American Diet

Commentator Lalaram Guyadin moved to Washington from Guyana four years ago to attend school. It wasn't language or making friends that provided the biggest challenge, but getting used to American eating habits, and he says those cultural differences can teach us a lot about the way we consume foods.

New Va. Concussion Law Brings Stricter Rules For Student Athletes

In Virginia, high school student athletes showing any signs of concussion will now have to be taken off the court or field immediately under a new law that goes into effect today.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

All sorts of fireworks for the 4th.

Activists Take Plunge in Anacostia To Raise Awareness

Nearly three decades after a federal deadline passed requiring waterways to be fish-able and swim-able, the Anacostia River remains neither. Yesterday, advocates took the risky step of swimming in the river to raise awareness about the pollution.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Nancy Grasmick Looks Back On 20 Years As Maryland's Schools Chief

Today Nancy Grasmick, the Maryland state superintendent of schools, steps down after twenty years on the job. She is the longest-serving schools chief in the country.

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