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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis Arrive In D.C.

After much delay, people living with disabilities can now ride in a wheelchair-accessible taxi in the District.

Gas Prices Mean Higher Cab Fares In Pr. George's

Because of higher prices at the pump, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is authorizing an emergency surcharge for cab rides of $1 per fare.

Mayor Gray, Council Chair Brown Appear Before Congress

In announcing this hearing, this committee also brought up the possibility of bringing back a control board, which oversaw city finance from 1995 to 2001.

New Terror Alert System Will Have Just Two Levels

The federal government is replacing the old, color-coded terrorism alert system with a new strategy. Now, local governments will play a large role in determining whether it works.

Northern Va. Gang Task Force Funding In Jeopardy

Public pressure to curtail federal spending has changed the way many local projects and programs are funded, at least temporarily, and one Virginia congressman is worried about how that will affect the war on gang-related crime.

Former Developer Seeks To Build Buzz For Bees

These days, downtown, D.C. is buzzing with activity. Jeff Miller likes to think he had something to do with that.

'Excessed' DCPS Teachers Compete For Jobs At Job Fair

Just a few days ago, nearly 750 D.C. Public Schools teachers and staff were told they would no longer have their positions at the end of the academic year. Many of them took to a job fair organized by DCPS this week to see what else is out there.

Legislation Seeks To Ease Vets' Transition To Public Sector Jobs

For young Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, the battle for employment proves daunting after they leave the service.

New Montgomery Co. Schools Chief To Focus On Performance

Dr. Joshua Starr won't become superintendent of schools in Montgomery County until July, but many are already trying to get a gauge on how he will run a school system ranked one of the best in the country.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Son of Babylon, a lasting lunch, and a folk-rock movement at Joe's Emporium.

Virginia To Perform Familial DNA Testing In Criminal Cases

Virginia is moving forward with familial DNA testing to help police capture violent offenders, despite objections from some that say the practice is invasive.

Breaking The Hamilton Case: A Reporter Shares His Story

Former Virginia Delegate Phillip Hamilton (R-Newport News) faces up to 30 years in prison for bribery and extortion. He solicited a job as director of a teacher training center at Old Dominion University while working to secure state funding for it. Bill Sizemore, a reporter for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, broke the story, and his subsequent reporting prompted the federal investigation.

Streamlined Budget-Approval Process Proposed For D.C.

The chairman of the House committee that oversees D.C. says he's willing to work with city leaders on creating more budget autonomy for the District.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Meet The New Montgomery County Superintendent

In Maryland, Joshua Starr signed his contract Wednesday to become the new superintendent of schools in Montgomery County. Starr arrives from Connecticut where he holds the job as superintendent of schools in Stamford.

Transition To Civilian Economy: Bill Would Aid Servicemen And Women

Some young servicemen and women in the Washington metro area and across the country are finding it very hard to get jobs in the civilian economy -- 27 percent are unemployed nationwide.

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