News Archive - April 15, 2010

Volcanic Ash From Iceland Could Affect Local Airports

By Rebecca Sheir

Tens of thousands of airline passengers are stranded, as ash clouds from a volcanic eruption in Iceland has led to the cancellation of thousands of flights in Europe. Travel in and out of the D.C. area’s airports could be affected.

The move has shut down five major ai...

Sen. Says He Will Block D.C. Vote Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says he will block a bill to give D.C. a voting member of Congress if lawmakers don't alter a provision that would also grant his state an additional seat in the House.

The Republican senator doesn't like the way the House bill would elect the new Utah...

Top Alexandria Official Charged With Embezzlement

By Michael Pope

Warren Leach has been a city employee for 21 years, the last five of which he has been the division chief of Fleet Services.

But he was placed on unpaid administrative leave earlier this week after the Alexandria Police Department charged him with stealing a city-owned...

Law Students Get Dose Of Real World

By Ginger Moored

In a new Georgetown University program, law students will tackle problems of low-income residents in the D.C. area. This presents challenges not often found in classrooms.

The 20 students in the Community Justice Project will take on a variety of cases; some might wo...

McDonnell Pushes For More Money In Incentives Fund

By Natalie Neumann

When Virginia's lawmakers re-convene next week, they'll vote on 122 bills that Governor Bob McDonnell has amended. One of McDonnell changes would result in more money being funneled to the Governor's Opportunity Fund.

McDonnell amended the Commonwealth's budget to r...

Post Offices Open Late For Tax Deadline

By Matt McCleskey

Today is the federal tax filing deadline, and tax mailings must be postmarked by today to avoid paying a penalty and interest.

A handful of post offices will be open this evening for anyone who needs a few extra hours to complete their tax forms. Several around the r...

Deadline To File Federal Taxes Arrives

By Natalie Neumann

Today's the deadline to file federal taxes and it's bringing out the procrastinators.

Jessica Espinoza waves to cars on a median on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. She's reminding people to do their taxes today.

"There are people that come in that s...

D.C. Voting Rights Bill Expected On House Floor

By Rebecca Blatt

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says she expects a D.C. Voting Rights bill to come to the House floor by next Thursday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says the bill includes some version of an amendment repealing D.C. gun regulations.

Norton has spent the last...

Tax Day Relief

By Kate Sheehy

It's down to the wire and today people are rushing to the nearest post office or professional tax preparer to file their taxes.

It's the last day, no more putting it off, and anxious people in long lines at area post offices today might be wondering why they waited unti...

Former Governor Urges Small Businesses To Organize

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) With tax day as a backdrop, former Gov. Robert Ehrlich is urging small business owners to get more organized to voice their frustration about Maryland taxes.

Ehrlich, a Republican who is running to get his old job back from Gov. Martin O'Malley, spoke to about a dozen sm...

Local Teens Turn Out For Tea Party Rally

By Kelsey Snell

Scattered among the hundreds of Tea Party activists rallying today in Washington was a small but vocal group of young people from the area.

Though a recent poll says young activists make up less than a quarter of the movement, they are by no means a quiet minority. Mor...

Many VA Taxpayers Will Lose Free Filing Tax Service

By Natalie Neumann

For the past ten years, nearly 97 percent of Virginians were eligible to file their state taxes using the Commonwealth's free online service. That benefit will end for many taxpayers in less than a month.

Faced with budget shortfalls, state lawmakers chose to save n...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. fire official says two people were seriously burned when a fire broke out on the campus of Georgetown University. The fire broke out on the second floor of the campus' New North building in the 3700 block of O Street northwest around 2:45 a.m. today.

WASHINGTON (AP) T...

Group: VA Budget Will Boost Working Poor's Taxes

By BOB LEWIS AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A change affecting state income taxes in the Virginia budget will leave low income wage earners paying more, an advocacy group for low- and moderate-income people said Thursday.

The Commonwealth Institute noted that by decoupling the...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, April 15, 2010

(April 15) MONEY, MONEY, MONEY On your way to file taxes today, you can stop at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for some money-themed music that's far from taxing. The series Take Five! takes over the Kogod Courtyard for a jazzy performance. There will be board games on hand for you to try y...

Laid Off D.C. Teachers Are Hopeful About Being Reinstated

By Kavitha Cardoza

Teachers laid off last year because of a supposed budget shortfall in D.C. Public Schools are wondering whether they'll get their jobs back. This comes after Chancellor Michelle Rhee recently said she found out late February an accounting error has led to a surplus of $34...

Flight Cancellations And Delays To Europe Due To Volcanic Ash Plume

By Meymo Lyons

Ash clouds from a volcano in Iceland are causing travel disruptions at Dulles. Air connections between major U.S. cities and Britain were canceled today after a volcano in Iceland spewed huge clouds of ash into the skies above northern Europe, making flying too dangerous.

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Travellers Delayed By Ash

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Travelers in the Washington area are experiencing delays as a plume of volcanic ash from Iceland closes airports in Europe. The ash from one volcano in Iceland is affecting travel plans far and wide, from the U.S. to parts of Africa.

Nick Kvaltine came up from Char...

Crabs Come Back, Crabbers Might Not

By Sabri Ben-Achour

After years of flirting with collapse, an annual dredging survey shows the Blue Crab may be recovering in the Chesapeake bay. But those who harvest for crabs may not make a similar recovery.

Here at the Maine Avenue Fishmarket in Southwest D.C., Blue Crabs go for a...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia will receive $59.8 million in federal money to help turn around its lowest-performing schools. The U.S. Department of Education says the grants will be available this spring to help efforts to overhaul what it calls "persistently lowest achieving schools."

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MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup April 15, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

FORECLOSURE A new law approved this week will aid Maryland homeowners who are facing foreclosure, according to Ovetta Wiggins for The Washington Post. Lenders now must send homeowners an application for modification before foreclosures can start, accordin...

Conversations...Michael Cottman Speaks With Dr. Stephanie Johnson About Childho

As part of our continuing series "Conversations," reporter Michael Cottman speaks with Dr. Stephanie Johnson, a Washington, D.C.-based neuro-psychologist, about childhood obesity...

Power Breakfast For April 15, 2010

From a tragic loss deep inside the Earth, lawmakers hope to mine an opportunity for new safety standards.

This afternoon, members of the West Virginia congressional delegation meet with top mine safety officials. Senator Jay Rockefeller hopes to get answers to some grim but important questi...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A coalition of Maryland labor unions, nonprofit groups and progressive activists say businesses aren't paying their share of state taxes. Matthew Weinstein of activist group Progressive Maryland delivered a lobster on a silver platter to the state Chamber of Commerce headquart...

Arsenic Trichloride Found In Dig By American University

By Rebecca Blatt

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has uncovered what could be a fourth major disposal area for World War I-era munitions near American University in D.C.

Project Manager Dan Noble says workers pulled smoking glassware from the dig site in Spring Valley. Preliminary tes...

Suspended Officer In PG County Beating Case Named

By Elliot Francis

It's been more than a month since the incident, yet police in Prince Georges County are just now beginning to name the officers who beat a University of Maryland student.

Some in the community are asking why it's taking so long.

On Wednesday, county authorities...