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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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.

Whooping Cough On The Rise In Virginia

Cases of whooping cough are on the rise in Virginia. So far this year, seven outbreaks have been reported according to AP.

Va. Governor To Sign 'Ashley's Law' In Alexandria

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell heads to Alexandria today to sign the measure known as Ashley's Law.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: So Many Debt Limit Plans, So Little Time

Talks on the debt limit negotiations are largely stalled, as Democrats and Republicans now work on their own separate plans. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, talks with WAMU All Things Considered host Pat Brogan about the current status of talks.

New School Site Selection Angering Many In Montgomery County

Council members in Montgomery County are getting involved in a little-recognized but very contentious debate: how the sites for new school buildings are chosen. Now, the council is trying to determine what authority it has over the site selection process.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Virginia State Crime Commission To Discuss Medicaid Fraud And Reckless Driving

The Virginia State Crime Commission is meeting in Richmond to discuss topics ranging from Medicaid fraud to reckless driving.

Arlington Police Seek Bilingual Volunteers

Police in Virginia's Arlington County are asking people with language skills to help them communicate better with immigrant communities.

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