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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Report: Va.'s Tobacco Commission Needs Work

The panel charged with doling out hundreds of millions of tobacco industry dollars in Virginia's depressed tobacco farming areas could use some improvement, according to a report released by the Commonwealth's auditing body.

U.S. Open: For Fred Funk, One Last Major In His Hometown

More than 150 golfers will play at this week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, but this year is extra special for one of them, a College Park native with strong ties to the D.C. area.

U.S. Open: 1964's Winner Looks Back At Congressional

This week's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club is the third at the Bethesda course, and the occasion has the winner of the first Open held there remembering the 1964 tournament's legendary finish.

Proposed Ethics Overhaul For D.C. Government Faces Criticism

With the District swirling with scandals, the D.C. Council is looking at ways to overhaul the city government's ethics rules. But it may be back to the drawing board for the proposed measure.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters May Be Looking For New Fundraiser

Firefighters in Montgomery County say a bill winding through the county council will make it more difficult for them to raise money to fight muscular dystrophy.

The Hill's Alex Bolton: Democrats Draw Boundaries In Deficit Talks

Democrats in Congress are drawing a firm line in negotiations with Republicans over the debt limit, The Hill's Alex Bolton tells WAMU's Pat Brogan, but they're still facing questions about the recent scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Also, Bolton explains the significance of the fact that more than 30 Republicans voted to eliminate a tax break for ethanol producers.

Webb Wants More Preservation Money For Civil War Sites

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia is among a group of four senators seeking more federal dollars for Civil War battlefield preservation.

New Va. Laws Focus On School Safety

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law several bills intended to improve school safety Tuesday.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Flag Day is forever, the National Museum of American History pops up, and The Kids Are Alright folds.

D.C. Council Takes Final Vote On 2012 Budget

The D.C. Council has taken its second and final vote on the budget for the 2012 fiscal year, and that meant a lot of haggling and back and forth at the Wilson Building.

BRAC Could Become Campaign Issue In Virginia

Some candidates planning to run in Virginia's upcoming General Assembly election are trying to take advantage of frustration about more than 6,000 new daily commuters who will soon flood the intersection of Interstate 395 and Seminary Road in Alexandria.

Md. Senator Seeks To Improve Transportation With Tight Funds

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is asking lawmakers to consider a different way to improve the nation's roads and bridges. Cardin introduced a bill Tuesday to do exactly that.

Companies Face Criticism In Campaign Against Rainforest Destruction

The environmental group Greenpeace has been stepping up its campaign against rainforest destruction. The organization is going after companies it says use materials from rainforest trees, including one with ties to Virginia.

Tractor-Trailer Driver Charged In I-66 Accident

A tractor-trailer driver has been charged in an accident that snarled traffic on Interstate 66 in northern Virginia Tuesday morning.

'97 U.S. Open Winner And Congressional Country Club Member Welcomes Heat

Many things have changed for Ernie Els since his U.S. Open victory at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., in 1997. For one thing, he's now a member of the country club.

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