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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Congress Debates Where To Get Federal Disaster Funding

Congress is debating whether federal emergency funding of the sort received in the wake of Hurricane Irene will have to be offset by spending cuts.

Activists Urge P.G. County To Reduce Cat Euthanization

A Maryland animal rights organization is pushing P.G. County to change their policy on stray cats to one where far fewer cats will be euthanized.

Va. Public Sports May Soon Extend To Home-Schooled Students

A Virginia educational panel is considering legislation that would give home-schooled students access to public sports.

DCPS Makes Changes to Teacher Evaluations

D.C. School Bush

D.C.'s Public School officials continue to refine the teacher evaluation system known as IMPACT since it was introduced two years ago.

O'Malley: Recent Crises Proof of Md. Emergency Readiness

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley says the response to Hurricane Irene and last month's earthquake shows how far the state has come in improving its response to emergencies since the 9/11 attacks.

New Montgomery Co. Superintendent Meets Community Tuesday Night

The new public school superintendent of Montgomery County, Md. is holding a series of town-hall type sessions with members of the community, the first taking place Tuesday night.

Stephen Strasburg Making 2011 Debut

After missing the entire season recovering from "Tommy John" surgery, Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg is poised to start Tuesday.

Enrollments Sky High In Northern Va. Schools


Northern Virginia school districts are seeing record-high enrollments for the 2011 school year, which starts today.

All-Day Kindergarten, Now At All Fairfax Schools

For the first time, a new school year will mean all-day kindergarten for all first-year students in Fairfax County Public Schools

DCFD Hosts Freedom Riders

Douglas Kearns at D.C. Fire station

A group of firefighters riding from Atlanta to New York to honor 9/11 first responders got a month needed break -- an a meal -- last night, thanks to D.C. Fire and EMS.

Strip Mall's Neighbors Ponder Its Future

Penn-Daw shopping center sign

Neighbors of the Penn-Daw shopping center in Alexandria, Va., can't agree on what should replace the run-down center on King's Highway.

D.C. Traffic Faces 'Terrible Tuesday'


The day after Labor Day brings back a large number of commuters all at once, leading AAA Mid-Atlantic to call the day 'terrible Tuesday.'

Montgomery County Targets Jaywalking


Watch your step in Montgomery County; the county's police force it reinvigorating its crosswalk enforcement campaign.

Monday, September 5, 2011

CQ Roll Call: Congress Is Back, Jobs On Agenda, No Threat Of Shutdown

CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing Editor David Hawkings talks with Morning Edition on what to expect during the first week Congress is back after the summer recess.