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Saturday, July 9, 2011

D.C.P.S. 2011 Standardized Test Scores Have Been Released

This year's standardized test results are in. The District's traditional and charter public schools posted slight gains at the secondary school level, but there was virtually no change at the elementary school level.

D.C. Named One Of The Most Sustainable Cities In North America

Washington, D.C. is one of the most sustainable cities in North America, according to a study commissioned by the Siemens Corporation.

Justice Dept. Exempts Rappahannock County From Requirements Of Federal Voting Rights Act

The Justice Department has agreed to exempt Rappahannock County from the pre-clearance requirements of the federal Voting Rights Act.

Virginia Considering Other Options to Fund Secondary Roads

The study shows that while most other states paid for 15 percent or less of their secondary roads, Virginia pays for nearly 97 percent, ranking it highest among all states.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Trial Date Set In Lululemon Homicide

An October 24 trial date has been set for a woman charged with killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda.

CQ Roll Call: Obama Continues Debt Ceiling Talks This Weekend, Congress Works On Cutting Its Own Budget

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, offers the latest news on Capitol Hill, including the continuing talks on the deficit reductions and Congress' plan to cut its own budget.

WaPo's McCartney: Voters Decide On Maryland DREAM Act, D.C.P.S. Releases This Years Test Scores

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top news, including the fate the DREAM Act in Maryland, and the release of the latest test scores for elementary and secondary schools in the District.

Weekend Delays On Inner Loop

Construction work on the Wilson Bridge Project will cause delays this weekend on the Capital Beltway.

Power Plant Generating Dangerous Emissions Over Potomac River

Dangerous emissions from the Potomac River generating station are wafting across the river into Ward 8, causing harmful breathing conditions, especially for those with respiratory problems.

FTA Head: McDonnell To Pitch In $150 Million More To Dulles Metrorail

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be pitching in more money to the Dulles Metrorail project, despite his recent complaints that its cost has grown too high.

A Sneak Peak At Metro's New Train Cars

In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in its place will be a fleet of all new train cars.

Riders Tell Metro: Shorten Station Names!

With a new subway line in Northern Virginia on the horizon, Metro is revamping its iconic map. And since it’s going to be changing the map, Metro is also looking to change the names of some of its stations.

Kwame Brown Case Referred To Federal Investigators

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is now the third city lawmaker facing scrutiny from federal investigators. Election officials say the U.S. Attorney's office has taken records related to Brown's 2008 campaign and it's now up to federal authorities to decide what happens next.

Virginia Pushing For Regulations To Allow Public To Reclaim Used Water

Virginia is considered a water-rich state, yet during periods of minimal rain, the state struggles to maintain its potable water levels.

University of Maryland Students Look For Watershed Moment at Solar Decathlon

What if every home in the Chesapeake Bay area was built with the bay in mind? Students at the University of Maryland say that’s exactly what their house – called WaterShed – for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is all about.

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