News Archive - March 25, 2010 State Roundup Mar. 25, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

CELL PHONES The Senate narrowly passed legislation banning hand-held cell phone use in cars, WJZ’s Kelly McPherson reports. The decision came on the heels of a heated debate, during which several amendments were offered to weaken the bill. Baltimore Sun r...

British Technology Could Speed Metro's Emergency Response

By Rebecca Sheir

Metro is importing technology from Great Britain to speed up emergency response times. First responders say new battery-powered vehicles could have been invaluable after last June's fatal crash on the Red Line.

It takes firefighters from Arlington, Virginia less than...

Power Breakfast For March 25, 2010

It's called 'plausible denial.'

Today's Wall Street financial crisis hearing - postponed. Like yesterday's contracting oversight hearing - postponed. And an Armed Services Committee hearing - postponed. Here's a testy Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio on the sudden rash of cancellations.


Oakton Student Wins Nation's Largest High School Essay Contest

Oakton High School student Natalie Nysetvold beat out more than 50,000 other participants for a top spot in America’s largest high school essay contest, the Bill of Rights Institute announced today.

Nysetvold, a senior, represented the South Atlantic Region and earned an Honorable Mention...

Commentary...Spring Has Sprung...Dr. Ramon Jordan

With “Snowmageddon” quickly becoming a distant memory and the cherry blossoms already popping, commentator Dr. Ramon Jordan is urging all of us to get outside to enjoy the many green spaces our region has to offer.

Dr. Jordan is Interim Director of the U.S. National Arboretum.


Alexandria Challenges Limits Of Local Authority In Court Of Appeals

By Michael Pope

In Virginia, the contours of local authority are at the heart of a legal case unfolding at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Does the city of Alexandria have authority to regulate trucks carrying liquid ethanol that arrives from rail cars?

According to a recen...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Gov. O'Malley says he opposes a Senate plan to gradually shift some teacher pension costs to counties in coming years. He says he doesn't believe the counties are in any better position to support any of the costs than the state is.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) An Anne Arundel Co...

Montgomery County Program Filled With Fraud

By Matt Bush

Blame is being placed all around for the suspension of Montgomery County's Tuition Assistance Program for employees after reports of fraud.

The program was suspended last year. At a county council hearing, acting county attorney Marc Hansen said in one instance, employees...

Coalition Urges Politicians To Tackle Poverty

By Leslie Byford

The number of D.C. residents falling into poverty is growing. Now one local coaltition is calling on city officials to take action.

By any indication D.C. residents are struggling.

Unemployment has doubled since the recession. The number of people on food stamps...

Fighting For Bus Service In Southeast D.C.

By David Schultz

At a church in Southeast D.C., Debra Jones is pleading with several Metro managers not to cut her bus service.

For dramatic effect, she reaches into her purse and pulls out a SmarTrip card.

"I've been riding the bus all my life," says Jones, waving the card in t...

Rockingham Co. OKs Permit For Green Cemetery

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) The Rockingham County Board of Supervisors has approved the development of an ecologically friendly cemetery.

A special-use permit approved Wednesday allows Kyger Funeral Homes owner Kenny Kyger to establish the 8-acre Duck Run Natural Cemetery on a former dairy farm...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, March 25, 2010

(March 25-May 1) PANDA-MATION If you miss Tai Shan, our native-born bear now living in China, you can get your fix with a panda of another stripe at American University's Katzen Arts Center. Running through May 1st, Kung Fu Panda and a menagerie of other computer-animated characters come to life...

Rescued Building Becomes Home For Once Homeless

By Natalie Neumann

Four homeless families have new homes in Takoma Park, Maryland. Their building was rescued from the foreclosure list.

Theresa Holston takes the first steps into her new home. Holston has been living in a homeless shelter since before her four month old baby, Layla,...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. police have recovered a stolen sports utility vehicle carrying a baby girl, but continue to search for suspects. Police say the SUV was taken early today near North Capitol and P streets in northwest Washington, with the infant girl inside.

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro says pr...

Oyster Group To Maryland: Don't Shuck And Chuck

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Paper, plastic, metal and oyster shell are all now recyclable in Maryland. A new oyster shell recycling program will get underway next week. Just as plastic milk jugs can be recycled into sweaters, Oyster shells can be recycled to help make...more oysters...sort of.


Conversations: Michael Cottman Speaks With Navarrow Wright

As part of our continuing series, "Conversations," reporter Michael Cottman speaks with Navarrow Wright, President of Maximum Leverage Solutions, about the Federal Communication Commission's National Broadband Plan and expanding broadband technology to minority communities.

Extended Interview With Maryland's Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick

In this interview, Maryland's Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick discusses her views of the Obama Administration's Race to the Top contest, its vision for No Child Left Behind, and the national push for common core standards. She also reflects on her 19 years at the helm of Maryland's public s...

A New Strategy For Getting Veterans Jobs

By Jonathan Wilson

The U.S. Department of Labor is trying some new strategies to fight the 20 percent unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. One strategy is making its national debut in Washington.

Today the Department of Labor is holding what its calling a jobs summi...

After Years Of Decline, DCPS Enrollment Levels Off

By Patrick Madden

After years of steady decline, student enrollment at D.C. public schools appears to have bottomed out. The latest figures show DCPS enrollment down less than one percent from the year before.

Compare that to the last three years, when enrollment dropped, on average,...

Latest Virginia Regional News

LOUISA, Va. (AP) Federal regulators say the addition of a third reactor at the North Anna Power Plant in Louisa County wouldn't have any environmental effects that would preclude issuing the project a license. Dominon Power is seeking a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build and...

Cherry Blossom Trees Hold Different Stories

It's cherry blossom season once again. And in their 98th year in D.C., these trees have come to mean very different things to different people.

Although long-time Washingtonians may tire of the yearly cherry blossom countdown, local business owners hang on every "pop" of a new bud. Dr. Marg...

Truancy Court In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

Two schools in Montgomery County have implemented a program that tries to get truant students into school consistently.

Key Middle School in Silver Spring is one of the schools with a Truancy Court. Habitually truant students meet with a volunteer judge to determine why t...

Maryland's Schools Superintendent Talks "Race To The Top"

Education leaders across the country are watching closely to find out who will be the winners in the first round of the Obama Administration’s $4 billion Race to the Top school funding contest. But one thing is clear: Maryland won’t be one of them. The state didn't apply. WAMU’s Jessica Gould sat...