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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Virginia Board Tackles Same-Sex Adoption

UPDATE: The Virginia Board of Social Services has rejected proposed regulations that would have prohibited adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents because they're gay.

In D.C, Get Ready To Pay For Parking Via Smartphone App

You'll soon be able to pay for parking at all 17,000 of the District's street metered parking spaces by phone.

Drivers that frequently park in Foggy Bottom or near Nationals ballpark probably already know there's an app for that. Now, the pilot program is being extended city-wide.

Power Breakfast: To Raise, Or Not To Raise The Retirement Age

Members of Congress are lining up for a debate over Social Security, which is looking more an more likely for the agenda after April recess.

Congress Urged To Approve Jewish Chaplains Memorial

As Jewish Americans across the country observe Passover, dozens of Jewish-American organizations are urging Congress to correct an oversight at the nation's most hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery.

Police Guard Synagogue Following Vandalism

State police were assigned to stand guard outside a synagogue in Potomac, Md. this week following an act of vandalism to the building. But as members of the congregation will tell you, a police presence here is more the rule than the exception.

Looking Forward To Final Portion Of The ICC

In Maryland, the second portion of the Intercounty Connector has yet to open, but state and Prince George's County officials are already looking forward to opening the third part of the road.

Blue Crabs Take A Hit From Cold Snap, But Are Still Clawing Back

In December, the water in the Chesapeake Bay got so cold that one-third of all adult crabs died, but they are still within healthy population levels.

Animal Shelter Hopes Food Pantry Will Keep Pets In Homes

Pets are often the unsung victims of economic downturn, but a cat shelter in Alexandria, Va., is trying to take the financial burden off animal ownership.

Virginia Offers $5,000 Merit Grants To Teachers

Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell and the Virginia Department of Education are rolling out a new teacher merit-pay plan that invites some districts to compete for grants to award teachers in 'hard-to-staff' schools.

Protections For Same-Sex Adoption Rejected By Va. Board

The Virginia Board of Social Services has rejected proposed regulations that would have prohibited adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents because they're gay.

D.C. Council Member Wants Businesses To Help Combat Truancy

A D.C. Council report finds nearly one in seven high school students are chronically truant. Now one council member is asking local businesses to play a bigger role in keeping young people in school.

$150 Million For U.S. 1 Too Late To Help With Fall BRAC Traffic

Leaders in Northern Virginia are congratulating their congressmen for securing $150 million to help with the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closure process. But a meeting Wednesday underscored how much work is left to be done.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Theater for the short attention set, identity art, and an evening with Margueritte.

For Flooded Businesses, Reopening Seems Far Away

Three days after the Potomac flooded the Washington Harbour complex, the company that manages the property says they're working around the clock to reinstate full operations. But restaurant and shop owners say they are no closer to knowing when they'll be back in business or why the flood gates that could have prevented the flooding were not in place.

After Escape, Authorities Double Overnight Staff At New Beginnings

Authorities in D.C. say they are doubling the overnight staff at the juvenile detention center where a teenage inmate escaped after assaulting a guard.

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