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By Charlie Bragale
|  Friday, Oct 1, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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HOME SALES UP IN NO. VIRGINIA
Houses are selling for more and selling more quickly in Northern Virginia, according to a report from Long & Foster.
The real estate firm says most houses on the market in Northern Virginia are now selling within two months. In Arlington County, the average number of days on the market in August was 50 days, down 2 percent from a year earlier. Fairfax County saw a 7 percent drop in days on the market to 39 days. In Prince William County, houses listed for sale sold in an average of just 35 days, down 13 percent from a year ago. (Washington Business Journal)

HIV TESTING AT THE DMV
Starting Tuesday, getting tested for HIV in the District will be as easy as renewing a driver's license.  In what District officials say is the first effort of its kind in the nation, the city will partner with a nonprofit group to offer free HIV testing at the Department of Motor of Vehicles office in Penn Branch in Southeast Washington. Participants will receive up to $15 to help defray their DMV costs. (Washington Post)

INTERSEX FISH STUDY
There's a renewed push to find out why some fish have both male and female characteristics.  The Potomac Conservancy has presented Congress with a petition to do more research into intersex fish, like those found in the Potomac River, which supplies much of the region with drinking water.  "We want Congress to provide additional funding for research, as well as looking at the efficacy of drug kickback programs to keep some of these chemicals from getting into our water supply in the first place," says H. Hedrick Belin, president of the Potomac Conservancy. (wtop.com)

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