Local Leads: 08/26/2010

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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    MoCo Recognizes Portable Toilet Donors

    Officials with the Montgomery County Department of Parks said they will begin installing banners and signs recognizing folks who stepped forward with donations to keep portable toilets in county parks. Among the first to be recognized: WTOP and the Long Branch Civic Association. The signs will be placed inside the doors of the sponsored portable toilets. Banners will be put up at several locations in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring and Potomac to recognize the park system's most generous sponsor, A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps (Washington Post)

    Bridges Troubled Over Rainwater in Fairfax

    Some bridges closing as a result of last week's flooding have brought to light the questionable conditions of low-lying bridges across the county. Heavy rains on Aug. 17 and 18 closed three bridges along two roads in McLean and Reston, leaving two of them incapacitated for nearly a week. There was 4.55 inches of rain recorded in McLean on Aug. 18, according to the National Weather Service. (Fairfax Times)

    Stimulus Funds for Teachers won't be Fast-Tracked

    Looks like the federal dollars will have to wait a year in Prince William County. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night during a special session of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, the board decided to table the decision to allocate potential funding from the recent Congressional stimulus package until next fiscal year. Last week, Prince William County Public Schools made it publicly clear its intention was to use that money to hire up to 180 new teachers for the start of this school year. (InsideNoVa.com)

    College Cost Rising

    Higher tuitions this fall at Washington-area universities reflect a nationwide trend, but remain higher than the average, according to a Wednesday report by the U.S. Department of Education. In-state tuition and fees at public universities in the United States averaged about $6,400 in the 2009-10 school year, up about 8 percent from $5,900 in 2007-08, according to the report. It did not analyze data for the starting school year. Plenty of local families, though, already have. (Washington Examiner)