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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Heat Wave Killed 3 People In Maryland Last Week

The heat wave that oppressed the D.C. area for most of last week killed three people in Maryland, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Virginia Lawmakers Try To Bridge Workforce Skills Gap

While tens of thousands of Virginia workers say they can't find jobs, many Virginia business owners say they can't find workers with the right qualifications. Now, state lawmakers are looking at way to narrow that gap.

DCPS Chancellor Says 'Hopes And Dreams' Campaign Will Bring Community Together

D.C.'s Public Schools are almost at the end of their "Hopes and Dreams" campaign where residents have been asked to share their opinion of what DCPS should look like in the future.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

The nature of Rock Bottom, eclectic sounds courtesy of Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and culture through clay.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Experts Look To Reduce The Number Of Children Dying In Hot Cars

As temperatures remain above 90 degrees in the D.C. area, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is bringing experts together to reduce the number of children dying in hot vehicles.

New Buoy Seeks To Boost Security

The Navy is testing a new kind of surveillance technology on the front lines of homeland security in our area. On a narrow stretch of the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia, there's a quiet sentinel looking out for our safety.

Montgomery County To Get Its First Charter School

The first charter school in Montgomery County got its approval Monday night, as the Montgomery County Board of Education voted 6-2 in favor of a proposal for the Crossways Montessori School.

Nats' Top Prospect Harper Draws A Crowd In Bowie

The Washington Nationals' top prospect, Bryce Harper, is in Bowie, Maryland this week with the Harrisburg Senators for a series against the Baysox.

West Nile Virus Found In D.C. Area Mosquitoes

The first reported West Nile Virus of the year has been detected in mosquitoes in Prince William County, Virginia, and the D.C. Department of Health says it has also identified West Nile Virus in mosquito samples.

Museum Holds 9/11 Memorial Discussion

The National Building Museum in downtown D.C. is hosting a discussion tonight on 9/11 memorials in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Serial Butt Slasher Sought After Incident At Fair Oaks Mall

Authorities are looking for a suspect that may be linked to a series of slashing incidents in Northern Virginia.

Blackwater Moves To Arlington Under New Name

The global security company formerly known as Blackwater is moving its corporate headquarters to the Washington region. This news comes at the same time that a lawsuit involving former Blackwater employees goes to trial in Virginia.

D.C. Council Chair Stops Short Of Calling For Harry Thomas' Resignation

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown is calling on Council member Harry Thomas Jr. to "seriously consider what's best for his family and constituents," but in comments Monday, he didn't go so far as to ask him to resign Monday.

Casey Anthony Trial Prompts 'Caylee's Law' Bill In Virginia

Members of the Virginia State Crime Commission say the Commonwealth should move forward in enacting a version of "Caylee's Law," a bill prompted by the high profile disappearance of Florida toddler Caylee Anthony.

FAA Shutdown Continues: Employees Still Furloughed, Projects Stopped

The furlough continues for thousands of Federal Aviation Administration workers today as they wait for lawmakers to renew their funding.

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