News Archive - March 23, 2010 State Roundup Mar. 23, 2010

From Maryland Reporter website:

Health care and how it will affect the state and its residents tops today's roundup, while Maryland legislators begin the final three weeks of their session with lots of work left to do.

HEALTH CARE According to this Associated Press story, posted by WT...

Metro To Buy New Rail Cars

By David Schultz

Several hundred new rail cars could be coming to the D.C. region soon, if the Metro Board approves a plan on Thursday to purchase them.

They would be top-of-the-line 7000 series cars and they would go towards replacing Metro's older 1000 series cars, which have been i...

More Delays On Metro's Red Line Expected On Weekend

By Jonathan Wilson

Trains on Metro's Red Line have been traveling slower than usual due to overnight track work, and with more Red Line work scheduled for the weekend, some passengers say they're frustrated with the delays.

Metro crews have been working overnight on rail fasteners and...

Virginia Atty General Files Suit To Stop Health Care

By Meymo Lyons

Virginia's attorney general has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's health care overhaul law.

A spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court immediately after President Barack Obama signed...

Power Breakfast For March 23, 2010

Political strategy in the year 2010 P-H-C (Post Health Care).

Senate Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd has been preparing for this week’s markup of the financial regulatory overhaul bill – touting prospects.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) An opinion from the Maryland Attorney General's office says state utility regulators have to consider Maryland's endangered species when deciding on wind power proposals. Garrett and Allegany County state legislators sought the opinion following a federal judge's ruling that s...

Maryland House Expands Unemployment Benefits For Most, Decreases For Some

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Unemployment benefits in Maryland will change under a bill approved by that state's House of Delegates. Gov. Martin Omalley pushed for these changes so the state could receive $127 million in federal stimulus money.

Overall, the changes make more people eligible fo...

EPA Tells Government (And Everyone Else) How To Curb Runoff

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The Environmental Protection Agency is releasing guidelines to help the federal government cut water pollution from lands it owns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The government owns eight percent of the land that drains into the Chesapeake Bay. In an Executive Ord...

Rhee Attempts Contract With Washington Teacher's Union

By Patrick Madden

D.C. School's Chancellor Michelle Rhee says she hopes to finalize a long-awaited labor agreement with the Washington Teacher's Union in the next few weeks.

Rhee and the union have been in contract talks for more than two years.

Negotiations have stalled at time...

MD AG's Office: Too Soon For Health Care Lawsuit

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A spokeswoman for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says it's premature to contemplate a legal challenge to national health care legislation.

Raquel Guillory said Tuesday that the most responsible thing to do is wait until all the bills are signed rather than sendin...

Metro Tries To Rein In MetroAccess

By David Schultz

To balance its budget, Metro is proposing a major fare hike for MetroAccess users.

Mary Remley, a MetroAccess rider, says similar proposed fare hikes for bus and rail don't even compare.

"You're talking about a 15 percent increase [for them]," says Remley. "We'r...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Prosecutors say Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas tried to pressure teammate Javaris Crittenton into covering up their locker-room confrontation in December. They are advocating Arenas have a three-month jail sentence for bringing guns to the Verizon Center.


Medical Marijuana Growing Provision Discussed

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. lawmakers are discussing adding a provision to a medical marijuana bill that would allow authorized users to grow the plants for their personal use.

D.C. voters approved the creation of a medical marijuana law in 1998, but Congress had blocked it until recently. Council...

Metro Area Saves On Electricity

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The D.C. Metro area is receiving high marks for the energy efficiency of it's buildings.

D.C. and its suburbs rank second in the nation for the number of Energy-Star qualified buildings, it has 204 of them. The Environmental Protection Agency created the Energy-Sta...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, March 23, 2010

(March 23) BASIA BULAT Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat crosses the 49th parallel to take the stage at Iota Club & Cafe in Arlington tonight at 8:30 p.m. Bulat applies some folk-pop heat on the guitar, autoharp and hammered dulcimer, but it's her mature, incandescent voice that promises...

Obama Signs Historic $938 Billion Health Overhaul

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen's life, presiding over the biggest sh...

Metro Asks For Public's Help With Budget

By David Schultz

Major fare increases and service cuts are on the table, and Metro is holding public hearings across the region to hear what its riders think about this. The first hearing was last night in Northern Virginia, in a high school auditorium that was only half-full.

Brian E...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal appeals court in Virginia spent about 45 minutes today questioning lawyers about the latest bid for a new trial for a former Army doctor convicted in the 1970 slayings of his pregnant wife and two daughters. Jeffrey MacDonald is serving three life terms for the 1970 m...

Pedestrian Collisions On Decline In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

Fatal collisions between vehicles and cars are down in Montgomery County. Fourteen people died last year, and county leaders are far from satisfied.

Bobby is ten years old. Or he's supposed to be. Bobby is actually a child-sized dummy, and he's been placed in the middle o...

Census Takers Train For Hard To Count Citizens

By Elliott Francis

Census canvassers in Alexandria, Virginia are learning how to ensure everyone is counted. Workshop leader Richie Altamrie says if predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods, like one in Alexandria, are under counted, the results can be troubling.

“...In 2000 there was a n...