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Thursday, June 2, 2011

New Potomac River Bridges? Don't Count On It

If you head down I-95 in Northern Virginia all the way to Dumfries, and then make a left turn, you'll eventually run into a small, master-planned community called Southbridge on the Potomac. It's kind of a weird name, actually, given that there's no bridge over the Potomac anywhere near here for at least 20 miles.

Arrest Made In Memorial Day Shooting

Police in the District have made an arrest in the murder of a 15-year-old boy on Memorial Day.

Traffic Safety: Have You Checked Your Tire Pressure Lately?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is joining with rubber manufacturers to talk about proper tire care.

Transportation Secretary Says He'll Deny Loan Request For Dulles Metrorail

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is telling the planners behind the Dulles Metrotrail project that he won’t grant them the federal loan they were requesting, and that could have a big impact on local toll road users.

What Chinese Drug Company's Move Could Mean For Md.

Maryland's governor, Martin O'Malley, announced Thursday that a Chinese pharmaceutical company called the Tasly Group is investing $40 million in a new facility in Montgomery County. WAMU's Rebecca Blatt spoke with Bill Marcus, a freelance reporter covering the announcement in Shanghai, about its significance.

D.C. Council Looks To Overhaul Treatment Of Troubled Teens

In response to last year's mass shooting on South Capitol Street in Southeast Washington, the D.C. Council is looking at overhauling how the city screens and treats young people with behavior problems.

Judges Ask Whether Health Care Lawsuit Is Premature

Both sides in the legal battle over the Obama administration's health care overhaul in Virginia agree that a federal appeals court has jurisdiction to decide the case. Now judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond has asked for additional briefs.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Faulty Breathalyzers On D.C. Council's Agenda Today

The District's ongoing problems with its breathalyzer program will be the focus of a D.C. Council hearing later today.

Md. And N.J. Governors Fight Over Cap-And-Trade Program

Maryland is one of ten states that participate in a coordinated cap-and-trade program designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change -- but one of those states is dropping out.

Paul Ferrara, Who Pioneered Use Of DNA, Dies

Paul Ferrara is being remembered as forward-thinking and a visionary.

D.C.'s Unemployed Have Another Option In 'Ticket To Work'

A group that helps social security beneficiaries get back in the employment game is bringing its mission to D.C.

Population Changes In MoCo May Affect Housing Market

Census figures show two populations on the rise in Montgomery County, Md.: the number of adult children living at home with their parents and those approaching retirement age.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

All that jazz, known unknowns, and the art of Earth.

Police Identify 12-Year-Old Homicide Victim In Gaithersburg

Police in Montgomery County, Md., have identified the 12-year-old girl found dead Tuesday evening in a Gaithersburg townhome.

Virginia Celebrates Its Parks' 75th Birthday

Attendance at parks in Virginia is setting records as a destination for millions of visitors, and Governor Bob McDonnell is proclaiming this June as a month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Virginia's park system.

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