News Archive - February 2, 2010

Governor McDonnell Talks Budget Cuts To Avoid Raising Taxes

By Matt McCleskey

Lawmakers in Virginia still need to trim $2 billion from the state budget to avoid raising taxes. Governor Bob McDonnell says that means cuts to education and health care spending, among other measures.

Speaking this morning on WAMU 88.5, McDonnell said he's working...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro Transit Police conducted an anti-terrorism drill at one of the Metrorail system's busiest stations, launching a new initiative aimed at deterring terrorist activity. Officials held the exercise this morning at the Union Station Metrorail station.

WASHINGTON (AP) Immigr...

D.C. Council Chief Paints Worrisome Picture Of City's Budget Outlook

By Mana Rabiee

The head of the D.C. Council is painting a worrisome picture of the city's budget outlook, saying the District could face a more-than $600 million budget shortfall by the end of the next fiscal year.

Council Chairman Vincent Gray says the city faces a budget gap of near...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Feb. 2, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

STATE OF THE STATE: Gov. O'Malley will deliver the state of the state address today. Linda So with ABC2 News reports he will focus on the economy and jobs. How the governor wants to bring in more jobs is drawing criticism, reports David Collins with WBALT...

U.S.N.S. Comfort Faces Backlog Of Earthquake Victims

The U.S.N.S. Comfort is working through a backlog of trauma patients off the coast of Haiti.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports.

Power Breakfast For February 2, 2010

Don't know. Can't tell.

Tough to say what will happen when top military brass testify today on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell.' The mere fact of a hearing on the matter, is itself a long time coming. For a bit of perspective...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

Latest Virginia Regional News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech is now notifying parents when students under 21 are disciplined for alcohol- and drug-related violations. The university adopted the police last month after many parental requests. Previously, parents were notified of violations only after a second offense.

...

D.C. And Maryland Combine Efforts On Crime

By Matt Bush

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley says increased cooperation with D.C. law enforcement has led to a drop in crime on their border.

O'Malley says D.C. and Maryland need to work on the serving of arrest warrants. He met with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in Annapolis. They say th...

O'Malley Gives Maryland State Of The State Address

By Matt Bush

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley used his state of the state speech to call for tighter restrictions on mortgage companies.

Speaking to a joint meeting of the general assembly, O'Malley called on the legislators to take action to stop home foreclosures. But O'Malley didn...

Virginia Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Federal Insurance Mandate

By Rebecca Blatt

Virginia's Democratically-controlled state senate has approved three bills that would ban government health care mandates like the one being debated in Congress.

The bills are similar to measures introduced by conservative lawmakers in approximately 30 states. They're...

Northern Va. Delegate Wants Easier Path For New Charter Schools

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia currently has only three public charter schools, and a state delegate from Manassas wants to ease the process for new ones.

State Delegate Bob Marshall, a Republican, says it's likely that local school boards, charged with approving new charter schools, are...

Governor McDonnell Talks Budget Cuts To Avoid Raising Taxes

By Matt McCleskey

Lawmakers in Virginia still need to trim $2 billion from the state budget to avoid raising taxes. Governor Bob McDonnell says that means cuts to education and health care spending, among other measures.

Speaking this morning on WAMU 88.5, McDonnell said he's working...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) The Montgomery County Council has approved a bill that would give disabled job applicants help getting open county jobs. The bill approved today makes it a preference for the county to hire someone who is disabled for a position if the candidate is among the highest rated in a...

D.C. Council Chief Paints Worrisome Picture Of City's Budget Outlook

By Mana Rabiee

The head of the D.C. Council is painting a worrisome picture of the city's budget outlook, saying the District could face a more-than $600 million budget shortfall by the end of the next fiscal year.

Council Chairman Vincent Gray says the city faces a budget gap of near...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Feb. 2, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

STATE OF THE STATE: Gov. O'Malley will deliver the state of the state address today. Linda So with ABC2 News reports he will focus on the economy and jobs. How the governor wants to bring in more jobs is drawing criticism, reports David Collins with WBALT...

Obama Budget Includes Increased Smithsonian Funding

By Rebecca Blatt

President Obama's budget plan trims funds for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. However, it includes a $36 million increase for the Smithsonian Institution.

The proposal includes close to $800 million for the Smithsonia...

Power Breakfast For February 2, 2010

Don't know. Can't tell.

Tough to say what will happen when top military brass testify today on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell.' The mere fact of a hearing on the matter, is itself a long time coming. For a bit of perspective...

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

Metro Police Officers Swarm Union Station For Anti-Terror Drill

By Kavitha Cardoza

Metro police swarmed Union Station for a anti-terrorism training exercise this morning. It's part of a three day drill that will involve more than 200 first responders from surrounding counties as well as the FBI.

Michelle Alsted takes the red line every morning fro...

D.C. And Maryland Combine Efforts On Crime

By Matt Bush

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley says increased cooperation with D.C. law enforcement has led to a drop in crime on their border.

O'Malley says D.C. and Maryland need to work on the serving of arrest warrants. He met with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in Annapolis. They say th...

O'Malley Gives Maryland State Of The State Address

By Matt Bush

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley used his state of the state speech to call for tighter restrictions on mortgage companies.

Speaking to a joint meeting of the general assembly, O'Malley called on the legislators to take action to stop home foreclosures. But O'Malley didn...

Council Moves Toward Equal Rights For Guide Dogs

By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Council could move one step closer to granting guide dogs in training the same rights as service animals.

Disabled people and their guide dogs can eat in restaurants, travel on Metro and use all the services the rest of the population does. If this bill passe...

Northern Va. Delegate Wants Easier Path For New Charter Schools

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia currently has only three public charter schools, and a state delegate from Manassas wants to ease the process for new ones.

State Delegate Bob Marshall, a Republican, says it's likely that local school boards, charged with approving new charter schools, are...

Governor Bob McDonnell Talks With Host Matt McCleskey

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey speaks with Virginia Governor McDonnell about his first weeks in office and priorities looking ahead...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) The Montgomery County Council has approved a bill that would give disabled job applicants help getting open county jobs. The bill approved today makes it a preference for the county to hire someone who is disabled for a position if the candidate is among the highest rated in a...

Council Considers Expanding Guide-Dog Laws

By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Council will consider today whether to grant guide-dogs-in-training the same access and rights that full service animals have.

Jo Anne Walser raises puppies as a volunteer for the Guide Dog Foundation, housing and training them from just weeks old until they...

Court Orders Maryland Police To Turn Over 10,000 Documents

By Rebecca Blatt

An appeals court is ordering the Maryland State Police to turn over about 10,000 documents relating to allegations of racial profiling by state troopers. The ruling is part of a long-running legal battle between the state police and the NAACP.

In 2003, a consent decre...

Demand For Care On U.S.N.S. Comfort Continues In Earthquake Aftermath

The U.S.N.S. Comfort has been caring for earthquake victims off the coast of Port-au-Prince. While the types of injuries doctors are seeing have changed, the demand for care remains intense.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports.

Toyota Dealers Prepare To Repair Recalls

By Elliott Francis

As Toyota details a plan to recall and repair defective accelerator pedals in many of its models, local owners and dealers are working on what to do next.

The repair parts are expected to arrive in dealerships and repair shops later this week. If your car is recalle...

Metro Police Officers Swarm Union Station For Anti-Terror Drill

By Kavitha Cardoza

Metro police swarmed Union Station for a anti-terrorism training exercise this morning. It's part of a three day drill that will involve more than 200 first responders from surrounding counties as well as the FBI.

Michelle Alsted takes the red line every morning fro...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, February 2, 2010

(February 2-7) ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has brought American modern dance to audiences around the world for more than half a century, and the troupe will be at the Kennedy Center tomorrow through Sunday. The company tackles audience favorites as we...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro Transit Police conducted an anti-terrorism drill at one of the Metrorail system's busiest stations, launching a new initiative aimed at deterring terrorist activity. Officials held the exercise this morning at the Union Station Metrorail station.

WASHINGTON (AP) Immigr...

Council Moves Toward Equal Rights For Guide Dogs

By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Council could move one step closer to granting guide dogs in training the same rights as service animals.

Disabled people and their guide dogs can eat in restaurants, travel on Metro and use all the services the rest of the population does. If this bill passe...

U.S.N.S. Comfort Faces Backlog Of Earthquake Victims

The U.S.N.S. Comfort is working through a backlog of trauma patients off the coast of Haiti.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports.

Governor Bob McDonnell Talks With Host Matt McCleskey

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey speaks with Virginia Governor McDonnell about his first weeks in office and priorities looking ahead...

Latest Virginia Regional News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech is now notifying parents when students under 21 are disciplined for alcohol- and drug-related violations. The university adopted the police last month after many parental requests. Previously, parents were notified of violations only after a second offense.

...

Council Considers Expanding Guide-Dog Laws

By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Council will consider today whether to grant guide-dogs-in-training the same access and rights that full service animals have.

Jo Anne Walser raises puppies as a volunteer for the Guide Dog Foundation, housing and training them from just weeks old until they...

Court Orders Maryland Police To Turn Over 10,000 Documents

By Rebecca Blatt

An appeals court is ordering the Maryland State Police to turn over about 10,000 documents relating to allegations of racial profiling by state troopers. The ruling is part of a long-running legal battle between the state police and the NAACP.

In 2003, a consent decre...

Virginia Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Federal Insurance Mandate

By Rebecca Blatt

Virginia's Democratically-controlled state senate has approved three bills that would ban government health care mandates like the one being debated in Congress.

The bills are similar to measures introduced by conservative lawmakers in approximately 30 states. They're...

Toyota Dealers Prepare To Repair Recalls

By Elliott Francis

As Toyota details a plan to recall and repair defective accelerator pedals in many of its models, local owners and dealers are working on what to do next.

The repair parts are expected to arrive in dealerships and repair shops later this week. If your car is recalle...