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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Civil War Trust Plans To Buy Former GM Powertrain

The Civil War Trust plans to buy the 300 square-foot former GM Powertrain plant. That’s where historians say the Battle of Fredericksburg was decided.

Air & Space Museum to Recreate Genesis of the Spy Balloon

The National Air and Space Museum will re-create a key moment in the nation's first attempt at an air force during the Civil War decades before the first airplane flight.

Exhibit Puts Focus on School Facilities

Only a fraction of students at The Washington Metropolitan High School scored proficient on recent reading tests. But junior Joshua Elliot says it doesn’t have to be that way, and improving the school’s library is an important step.

O'Malley Wraps Up Trade Mission

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) has wrapped up a trade mission to three countries in Asia.

Maryland ACLU Questions Petitions Seeking Overturn Of DREAM Act In State

In Maryland, the battle continues to escalate over the recently signed law that allows undocumented students to get in-state tuition rates at state universities and colleges.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Campaign Finance Files Charges Against Kwame Brown Re-Election Committee

The D.C. Office for Campaign Finance has completed an investigation into the 2008 re-election committee of City Council Chair Kwame Brown, and has filed charges against the campaign.

Photography Exhibit Takes Students Behind Closed Doors

Students at a D.C. high school used documentary photography to make changes at their school, and now their work is on display.

Fairfax School Board Votes To Alter Discipline Policy

In Virginia, the Fairfax County School Board is scaling back its policy of forcing students in disciplinary trouble to transfer schools.

CQ Roll Call: Weiner Awaits Twitter Photo Reactions, Panetta Appears For Confirmation Hearing, Gingrich Staff Resigns

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest news on Capitol Hill, including Rep. Anthony Weiner's possible reaction from fellow members of Congress about sending lewd photos via Twitter, CIA director Leon Panetta's confirmation hearing, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s decision to continue his run for the Republican nomination, despite his staff resigning.

P.G. Students Will Pay To Play Sports Due To Budget Gap

High school students in Maryland's Prince George's County will have to pay a fee next school year if they want to participate in a sport.

Ocean City Air Show To Host Nation's Only Stunt Helicopter

In Maryland, this weekend's Ocean City Air Show is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators to watch military and civilian airplanes, jet teams, and skydivers, but one of the most unusual acts is a helicopter that does aerobatics.

Virginia Urging The Public To Recognize And Deal With E. coli Symptoms

Officials say the recent E. coli-related death of a child in southwest Virginia is not connected to deaths from contamination in Europe, but the state's Department of Health is still urging the public to learn how to recognize and deal with potential E. coli problems.

WaPo's McCartney: On Harry Thomas Jr., Sulaimon Brown, And Mayor Gray's Agenda

WAMU Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey interviews Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney on the fallout of the many scandals rocking D.C.'s city hall this week, including Mayor Vincent Gray's frustration over the focus on the scandals.

Metro Contends With Cars Without A/C

Metro riders are feeling the heat on Metro's "hot cars"this week, given the high temperatures, and Metro is estimating that as many as one in 20 cars are without air conditioning.

Scholarships For Undocumented Students, Including One Valedictorian

As illegal immigration and the future of undocumented workers is hotly debated across the country and within the D.C. region, leaders in Arlington County aren't shying away from recognizing high achieving high schoolers who are also undocumented immigrants.

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