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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mayor Gray Still Seeking Welfare Reform In D.C.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray continues to press for welfare reform in the District after reducing benefits for long-term recipients earlier this year.

Montgomery Co. Council To Vote On Police Union Negotiations

Later today, council members in Montgomery County will vote on changes to the way it negotiates with the county's police union.

On Pepco's Tree Trimming Plans, Montgomery Co. Council Still Skeptical

In response to last year's lengthy power outages following severe thunderstorms, Pepco promised to increase tree-trimming in Montgomery County. Now, it's looking to the County Council for approval to do that work.

Virginia Officials Weigh Whether To Release Records Of Arrests And 911 Calls

A special advisory panel is weighing whether Virginia’s open-government laws should require public disclosure of calls to 911 emergency centers, arrest information, and other police records.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

Sierra Maestra at Artisphere, Candy and Dorothy come to Rockville and an actor explores why people hate actors.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Senate Debt Limit Agreement May Be Too Late

Several key members of the Senate reached a deal that could end the seemingly endless federal deficit negotiations late Monday. The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan about the deal on the debt limit talks the Senate's Gang of Six reached late Tuesday.

Montgomery Co. Council Changes Police Union's Collective Bargaining Process

Council members in Montgomery County have approved changes in they way the county bargains with its police union, and those changes aren't exactly welcome with union members.

Maryland Bill Aims To Lower The Volume At Dance Halls

A bill designed to reduce the violence at dance halls and clubs in Prince George's County has passed County Council scrutiny.

Tree Branch Falls In D.C. Park, Injures Five

Five people, including three children, have been taken to the hospital after being struck by a large branch while playing in a D.C. park.

Gray Campaign Investigated for Illegally Converted Cash Contributions

D.C.'s office of campaign finance is investigating allegations that Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign illegally converted cash contributions into money orders.

Fairfax Man Arrested In Connection With Pakistani Spy Agency Payments

A federal law enforcement official says a man from Virginia is under arrest and has been charged with getting money from Pakistan's spy agency and acting as an unregistered foreign lobbyist for the Pakistani government, according to the Associated Press.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ehrlich Campaign Aides Due In Court Today

Two political operatives that worked for Maryland's former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich during the 2010 campaign are due in court today over robocalls made on Election Day.

New African American Civil War Museum Opens Today

In the District, the African American Civil War Museum is set to reopen today at a new location.

Pepco Wants More Authority In Tree-Trimming In Montgomery County

In Maryland, Pepco is asking for more authority to trim trees in Montgomery County. But old wounds have yet to heal, meaning the utility is unlikely to get what it wants.

Balanced Budget Amendment Comes To House Floor Tuesday

The region's lawmakers are preparing to debate a controversial balanced budget amendment this week.

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