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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Possibility Of Flooding Looms Over Region

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m. A flash flood warning is in effect until 9:45 p.m., while a flood watch is in effect until midnight.

Fight For Gay Marriage Is Personal For Maryland Delegate

A final vote on Maryland's same-sex marriage bill in the House of Delegates is expected to take place Friday. For Del. Heather Mizeur, passing the bill is not just a fight for her constituents -- it's a struggle for her rights, and the rights of her family.

DCPS' Kaya Henderson Drops 'Interim' From Title

Kaya Henderson has accepted the top job in DC's public school system. She sat down with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza to talk about what the community can expect from her.

Maryland Governor Wades Into Septic Tank Battle

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is stepping further into the debate over one of his top legislative priorities for this year: banning septic tanks in new developments.

Henderson Plans To Look Beyond Tests To Measure DCPS Progress

Kaya Henderson is setting out her priorities for District schools, after D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray tapped her to be the city's permanent schools chancellor. Test scores aren't the only factor Henderson plans to use to gauge progress.

Americans Want Better Bacteria Protection In Hospitals

There's a 1-in-10 chance that the next time you go to the hospital for surgery, you may get an infection -- and it could be deadly. Those findings are contained in a new survey sponsored by The Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) and Kaiser Permanente.

Small Fish In A Big Sightseeing Pond

Within the District of Columbia, there are upwards of 325 outdoor public sculptures, but somehow visitors end up choosing the same ones: the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. But if you look closely, right near each of the major monuments, there's at least one most people miss.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Ideal husbands, eerie scenes from the 40s, and a master fashion photographer.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Moves Closer To Final Vote

The Maryland House of Delegates is a step closer to approving the state's same-sex marriage bill after advancing the measure to a final vote.

Mayor Names D.C. Schools Chancellor

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is officially naming Kaya Henderson chancellor for the District's public schools. She has been serving on an interim basis since October.

Amendment Could Reduce Tuition For Undocumented Students

In Maryland, a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to pay lower, in-state tuition rates is being altered Wednesday to require students to first attend a community college in the jurisdiction where they went to high school.

D.C. School Teaches Real-World Hospitality

Millions of visitors come to the D.C. area every year. And they interact with tens of thousands of employees of the hospitality industry. One public charter school in Northwest is trying to connect the classroom to the real world -- by training students to welcome visitors.

Maryland News Roundup

In Maryland, constituents and delegates continue to lobby for and against same-sex marriage, the General Assembly hears testimony on six renewable energy bills and thousands of teachers, labor unions and community groups prepare for a budget cut protest scheduled for Monday.

Area Preps For Heavy Rains, Possible Flooding

Heavy rain is expected to soak the D.C. area overnight and Thursday, and that means residents and businesses are already doing what they can to make sure the water stays outside.

Lanier Updates Investigation Into Arrested Officers

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the three police officers busted in an internal affairs sting operation will be charged with attempting to receive stolen property.