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Saturday, May 14, 2011

McDonnell Says Asia Trade Mission Will Result In Business Deals

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says the trade mission to China is expected to result in future business deals between the two sides.

Gas Company Cutting Down Rockville Residents' Trees

Some residents in Rockville, Md. say living with an easement can be hard.

U.S. Air Force Grounds Ocean City Air Show Headliner

In Maryland, one of the two headlining acts for this years Ocean City Air Show has been grounded indefinitely by the U.S. Air Force.

Alexandria Waterfront Hearing Saturday

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council will be meeting Saturday to consider a plan that could dramatically change the waterfront.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Alexandria Waterfront Plan Would End Hotel Ban, Increase Density

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council are on the verge of dramatically reshaping the waterfront for the next 20 years in a vote scheduled for Saturday.

D.C.'s Accessible Cab Drivers Matter As Much As Cabs Themselves

People in D.C. living with disabilities are celebrating the arrival of new wheelchair-accessible taxis -- the specially trained taxi drivers that come with them may be more important.

Uranium Mining In Virginia Faces Oppposition From Enviro Groups

Several companies in Virginia are lobbying state lawmakers to lift a statewide ban on uranium mining to allow access to a large deposit in Pittsylvania County.

Spending Cuts To Affect Community Action Committees' Ability To Help Poor

As the White House and Congress talk about cutting federal spending, groups in Virginia that work with the poor say those cuts will mean big problems for their clients.

Moran May Get His Wish Of Mark Center Delay

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) may finally get what he's been requesting: a delay in the arrival of more than 6,000 government workers at the new Mark Center complex in Alexandria.

D.C. Transportation Officials Are Resigning

Mayor Vincent Gray's administration has yet to nominate a permanent leader for D.C.'s Department of Transportation, and now WAMU has learned two of its senior staffers are resigning.

Rockville Neighbors Lament Loss Of Trees

Update: An earlier version of this story stated Columbia Gas Transmission did not respond to a request for comment. In fact, the company returned the call later in the day.

A shaded neighborhood in Rockville, Md., is getting a lot less leafy, as a gas company chops down dozens of trees above a gas line that runs under residents' properties.

Former Gray Campaign Chair Testifies In Final Hiring Hearing

In the District, the former chair of the Vincent Gray mayoral campaign says she never paid former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown any cash or played a role in his hiring with new administration.

Metro Partners With Google To Share Transit Info

Google has announced a new partnership with Metro to add the transit agency's rail and bus schedules to Google Maps.

DCPS Special Education Chief Steps Down

Richard Nyankori, who oversees special education for D.C. Public Schools, is stepping down.

Possble Gas Gouging Being Investigated By Attorneys General In Md., D.C.

Not only is Washington D.C.'s attorney general investigating the sudden uptick in gas prices across the region, but Maryland's attorney general is looking for answers too.

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