News Archive - April 27, 2010 State Roundup April 27, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

NORTHROP GRUMMAN Maryland’s gubernatorial candidates Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Robert Ehrlich are at odds over Northrop Grumman’s decision to build their headquarters in Virginia instead of Maryland, writes John Wagner for the Washington Post’s...

Veteran Md. Lawmaker Resigns For Transportation Job

By David Schultz

Bill Bronrott's official title is now the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He begins today.

He'll be regulating the safety of trucks and semis on the nation's highways.

For the last...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Lawmakers have introduced a bill to weaken Washington's tough gun laws, saying the city has not done enough to comply with a 2008 Supreme Court ruling mandating changes. Lawmakers from both the House and Senate said they would introduce legislation, which comes just a week after l...

Private Funders Of Teacher Contract Reserve The Right To Reconsider

By Rebecca Blatt

New information about private grants for the tentative D.C. Public Schools teacher's contract reveals that a change in DCPS leadership could put the funding in jeopardy.

Private foundations have pledged more than $63 million to fund raises and bonuses for teachers und...

Power Breakfast For April 27, 2010

Three weeks after the West Virginia Upper Big Branch mine explosion, lawmakers wonder...what if?

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on workplace safety with a focus on mines. West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller expects strong Congressional ac...

Metro Workers Rally For Federal Funding

By Patrick Madden

Like many transit systems across the country, Metro is facing a major budget shortfall next year. Today on Capitol Hill, transit workers from Metro joined their counterparts from around the country to lobby for more federal funding.

Jackie Jeter, head of Metro's tran...

Senators Introduce Bill To Repeal D.C. Gun Laws

By Rebecca Blatt

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced a bill to weaken Washington's gun laws. They say the city has not done enough to comply with a 2008 Supreme Court ruling mandating changes.

The legislation would repeal D.C.'s firearms registrati...

New Anacostia Library Reflects Changing Neighborhood

By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Public Libraries has opened its newest branch, in Anacostia. How will the library fit into a changing neighborhood?

The new library is about a mile from downtown Anacostia, which now boasts a new coffee shop and a couple of art galleries. Bill Hanna, a profes...

Latest Virginia Regional News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) After a month of public relations disasters, Gov. Bob McDonnell faced live radio questions about the Confederacy, felons' rights and classroom instruction on condom use. McDonnell eluded a direct answer when asked if he thought public schools should teach effective condom use t...

D.C. Gay Newspaper To Publish Under Old Name

WASHINGTON (AP) The oldest U.S. newspaper for gays and lesbians will start publishing under its original name again.

The former Washington Blade had been publishing as the D.C. Agenda after the paper's parent company abruptly closed in November. Donations kept the publication going, and in...

Virginia Neighborhood Calls For Immigration Reform

By Elliott Francis

Four Latino students who walked all the way from Florida with a petition calling for immigration reform are due to arrive soon in Washington. They received a warm welcome as they passed through Northern Virginia.

Meanwhile, a strip mall parking lot in Alexandria's C...

State Of Downtown D.C. 2009 Report Shows Some Areas Showed Growth

By Kavitha Cardoza

In spite of a poor economy in 2009, several areas of the downtown D.C. economy thrived.

The State of Downtown report shows D.C. hasn't been immune to the troubled economy. There were jobs lost and far more office space lying vacant than in previous years. But Richar...

Montgomery County Mulls Carbon Tax

By Sabri Ben Achour

In Maryland, the Montgomery County Council is considering a tax on carbon emissions that would, in effect, only apply to the county's major coal-fired power plant owned by Mirant Corporation. Councilman Roger Berliner says it would raise $15 million dollars for transit a...

Tax Hike Could Change In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

Lawmakers in Montgomery County are tinkering with county executive Isiah Leggett's plan to raise the energy tax. Leggett's proposal would hike the tax more than 60 percent.

Many businesses believe they will shoulder more of the burden than residents, with one estimate sa...

Governor McDonnell To Announce Northrop Grumman's Move To Va.

By Kavitha Cardoza

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation is moving its headquarters from California to Northern Virginia.

In a statement, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says the relocation will create 300 new jobs in the Commonwealth. The move will let the firm be closer to...

CEO Pleads Guilty In D.C. Office Bribery Scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) The owner of a consulting firm has pleaded guilty in a bribery scandal involving the D.C. government's technology office.

Forty-two-year-old Sushil Bansal of Dunn Loring, Va., pleaded guilty on Tuesday to bribery of a public official and engaging in monetary transactions in...

Year Without H.S. Summer School Presents Challenges In Loudoun

By Jonathan Wilson

In Loudoun County, Virginia, some parents who weren't keeping a close eye on the school district's budget process are finding out that summer school won't be an option for high-schoolers this year.

The district's curriculum director, Peter Hughes, says after painful...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A spokesman for Maryland's governor says defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. has chosen Virginia rather than Maryland as the new site for its corporate headquarters. He says the company CEO told Gov. O'Malley yesterday the decision came down to a real estate decision....

Leading Defense Contractor Moves HQ To Virginia

By Elliott Francis

One of the world's largest defense contractors, Northrop Grumman, is moving its headquarters from California to Virginia. The shift means more jobs and tax revenue for the state.

Officials in Virginia, Maryland and the District had been trying for several months to...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, April 27, 2010

(April 27-May 2) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF The musical milkman Tevye is back in town through Sunday at National Theatre in downtown D.C., as the hardworking father tries to retain his religion, tradition, and five daughters in Fiddler on the Roof.

(April 28-May 21) MAJOR ART You can catch some se...

HIV Study Shows Washington Suburbs Need Cohesive Prevention Plan

By Kavitha Cardoza

Most of the discussion and research on rate of HIV and AIDS in the Washington area is focused on the District. But some health advocates say the disease is also a major public health problem in surrounding suburbs.

A new study commissioned by the Washington AIDS Par...