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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The HIll: With Congress On Recess, All Eyes On Iowa

Members of Congress are mostly in their home districts this month for August recess, and attention turns to Iowa and other potentially important caucus states. The Hill's Alex Bolton talks with WAMU anchor Elliott Francis about these early stages of the 2012 presidential campaign.

Officials Now Say Anacostia 'Oil Spill' Not An Oil Spill

The investigation into the brown mess that spilled into the Anacostia River yesterday has now become a joint operation involving District officials and the U.S. Coast Guard. Even with that effort, however, no one is quite sure what exactly spilled into the river Monday night.

D.C. Mayor Drops Plan For Residents Only Preview Of MLK Memorial

D.C. officials are no longer planning to issue tickets for the "D.C. Residents Day" preview of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the the day will now be open to anyone.

Md. Governor Will Reintroduce Septic Tank Ban

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is celebrating one milestone in the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, but he's getting ready for a fight on another.

'School Pool' Aims To Connect Parents Driving Kids To Same School

The organization 'Commuter Connections' says high gas prices have made its ride sharing program more popular among people trying to get to work. Now, they're hoping to use the same strategy to connect parents of children who attend the same school.

Maryland Gets $8.5M For Harriet Tubman Visitors Center

A project in Maryland that will be the centerpiece of an effort to honor Harriet Tubman is getting $8.5 million in federal funding.

Va. Absentee Ballot Application Deadline Today

Today is the deadline for voters in Virginia to apply for absentee ballots for next week's primary elections.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Residents In D.C. Apartment Complex Say Security Gate Threatens Their Lives

Some residents of an apartment complex in southeast D.C. say a security fence meant to protect them is instead putting their lives at risk.

Connolly To Sponsor Bill To Compensate Recently Furloughed FAA Employees

A local congressman is pushing legislation to provide back pay to workers who were recently furloughed at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Impending Federal Budget Cuts May Have Negative Impact On D.C. Region

A local economist says impending federal budget cuts will have a negative impact on the region’s economy.

Zipcar Encourages "Low-Car Diet"

It’s 7:00 a.m. and Northeast, D.C. resident Tiffany Bridge is about to begin her daily commute to work. Altogether, the trip includes two buses and takes more than an hour. And you know what? She loves it.

Moran Supports History Of Immigration By Co-Sponsoring National Museum Of The American People

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) wants to build a museum on the National Mall, to commemorate the immigrants who have helped make our nation what it is today.

Gov. Bob McDonnell To Succeed Perry As Head Republican Governors Association

With Texas Gov. Rick Perry now in the Republican presidential field, Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell takes over for Perry as head of the Republican Governors Association.

Flooding Suspends Metro Service On Blue And Orange Lines

Overnight flooding in the Potomac Yards area of Alexandria has temporarily shut down Metro service on the Blue and Orange Lines. As of early this morning, trains between Reagan National and Braddock Road are completely out of operation.

Fairfax Tax Exemptions Questioned

In Virginia, officials in Fairfax County have launched an investigation to find out why some properties in Mount Vernon are not assessed property taxes. The effort stems from an expansion of Mount Vernon Inova Hospital.

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