News Archive - March 30, 2010

Latest Virginia Regional News

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Authorities say two people were taken to the hospital after a small plane carrying two people struck the side of a UPS freight facility near the Roanoke Regional Airport. Virginia State Police Sergeant Bob Carpentieri says the plane struck the freight terminal just before 1 p.m....

"Fair Share" Campaign Heads To Metro Center

By Stephanie Kaye

Advocates of public transportation will be fanning out in Metro stations this morning to spread information and awareness about the most recent service cuts and fare increases.

Activists will be out this morning with fliers, spreading the word about the "Fair Share f...

Ehrlich Announces Rematch With O'Malley

By Rebecca Blatt

Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich says he will challenge current Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in November's election.

Ehrlich's announcement sets up a rematch between Maryland's two biggest political foes.

Ehrlich became Maryland's first Republican governor i...

New Development Divides Neighborhood

By Peter Granitz

The H Street Corridor in Northeast D.C. could be the site of a massive new condo complex, but residents on both sides of the street have different opinions.

Anwar Saleem, the executive director of H Street Main Street, says revamping a neighborhood that's struggled si...

Gray Announces Bid For D.C. Mayor

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is getting more competition for his job.

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray on Tuesday announced he would enter the 2010 mayor's race and filed papers that will allow him to raise money. There has been speculation for months that Gray would enter the...

Archdiocese Suing Baltimore Over Signs At Clinics

By Bill Redlin

The archdiocese of Baltimore is suing the city of Baltimore over a new ordinance requiring pregnancy clinics to post signs saying they do not provide abortions, if that is the case.

Archbiship Edwin F. O'Brien says the ordinance violates the centers' constitutional righ...

Power Breakfast For March 30, 2010

While Democratic fans fan out across their districts touting the merits of the health care bill, the bill's mostly-Republican critics are eying the next field-of-battle: the courts.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

MD House Panel Budget Plan Calls For Furloughs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A Maryland House of Delegates panel is recommending the state furlough its employees for two weeks again in the coming fiscal year.

The House Appropriations Committee presented their budget recommendations Tuesday to state delegates. The proposal calls for the state to s...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich says he will challenge Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley in November's election, setting up a rematch between the state's two biggest political foes. Ehrlich told reporters today that he'll run for his old job.

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) Weste...

D.C. Medical Marijuana Bill Moves Forward

By Patrick Madden

Medical marijuana is now one step closer to becoming legal in D.C. The bill was approved by two city council committees this morning and will head to the full council for a vote this spring.

Here are the basics of the bill: Authorized patients will be able to receive...

D.C. Metro Holds Public Hearing For Budget

By Elliott Francis

Metro’s board of directors is searching for ways to close a $189 million budget gap. Board members are taking suggestions at a series of public hearings, but so far there are no clear solutions.

This third scheduled hearing held Monday attracted approximately 200 re...

Crash Victims To Battle Metro In Court

By David Schultz

There are nearly two dozen lawsuits filed against Metro by people involved in the June 22nd crash. It killed nine people and injured 76 more.

William Grandy, a lawyer who's representing Metro, says the parties have tentatively agreed to hold a trial in September of ne...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray today announced he would enter the 2010 mayor's race and filed papers that will allow him to raise money. There has been speculation for months that Gray would enter the race, as polls showed about 50 percent of Washington voters disapproved of t...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Mar. 30, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

JUDICIAL ELECTIONS A group of lawmakers have successfully blocked Attorney General Douglas Gansler’s bill that would stop voters from selecting Circuit Court judges in contested elections. Baltimore Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz has the story.

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Report: VA Ranks Low On Fair Use Of Forfeiture Laws

By Jonathan Wilson

A non-profit group based in Arlington says Virginia ranks near the bottom among states when it comes to what it calls unfair implementation of civil forfeiture laws – the laws that allow police to seize private property if they suspect criminal involvement.

Scott Bu...

Fairfax Libraries Brace For Second Year Of Funding Cuts

By Jonathan Wilson

County leaders in Fairfax, Virginia are getting ready to make a final decision on which programs to cut to close a $257 million budget shortfall. The county's library system could see some of the most severe funding cuts.

Many librarians are used to 'shushing' noise...

VA Preps For 2nd Round Of Race To The Top Funding

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The U.S. Department of Education says Virginia should better demonstrate its efforts to boost teacher quality and adopt common standards and assessments to improve its chances of receiving Race to the Top funding.

Those were among areas where Virginia fell short, accordin...