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News Archive - July 2, 2010

Obama: Economy Still Headed Right Direction

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) President Barack Obama on Friday cast the state of the economy in upbeat terms, declaring that it was headed in the right direction even as employers slashed payrolls last month for the first time in half a year. The unemployment rate dropped to 9.5 percent.

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Montgomery County On Ehrlich's Mind In Maryland

By Matt Bush

Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich is hoping his running mate will help him make a bigger splash in Montgomery County.

The Republican tapped Mary Kane to be on his ticket. Kane lives in Potomac, and served as Ehrlich's secretary of state during his term as governor. She...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 2, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

KANE DEBUTS Ehrlich would have his new LG candidate Mary Kane handle criminal justice and small business if they win in November, reports Annie Linskey of the Sun. Read John Wagner's Post story on Kane's first day on the campaign trail here. The two visi...

McDonnell Wants to Attract Trucking Fleets to Register in VA

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell is hoping to attract more trucking firms to title and register their fleets in the Commonwealth.

McDonnell issued a proclamation this week that expedites the safety inspection process for commercial motor vehicles traveling on Virgi...

Fairfax Moves Closer To Citizen Review Of Police

By Michael Pope

Ever since a Fairfax police officer shot and killed an unarmed driver on Richmond Highway last year, county residents have been clamoring for more information. County leaders were initially hesitant. But then former D.C. police detective Nicholas Beltrante started building c...

Power Breakfast For July 2, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, on the eve of the Fourth of July recess, the House passed yet another extension of unemployment benefits.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Three Russian spy suspects are scheduled to return to court this afternoon. Federal authorities arrested Mikhail Semenko, Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills at their Arlington, Va., homes this week and charged them with being foreign agents. They were among 11 people taken...

Former Mortgage Exec Pleads Not Guilty In VA

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A federal judge has set a November 1 trial date for the former head of a major mortgage lending company accused of scheming to steal more than half a billion dollars from the government's financial bailout fund.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema set the date despite p...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, July 2-4, 2010

There are plenty of incentives to stick around the region for Old Glory's 234th birthday this weekend:

(July 2-August 27) CHARM CITY’S LITTLE ITALY In the Baltimore neighborhood Little Italy, the movie Moonstruck airs tonight at 9 during the Open Air Film Festival. The 1987 romantic comedy...

Ehrlich Officially Running In Maryland

By Matt Bush

Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich officially entered the race to get his old job back this afternoon.

The Republican finds the political landscape today far different than when he lost the gubernatorial race four years ago.

One of the factors Ehrlich says swayed...

WSSC Restricts Water Use, Repairs Damaged Pipe

By Natalie Neumann

Maryland's Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland are still under water restrictions, including no outdoor water use and limited indoor use.

Crews working to repair a 96-inch pipe in Potomac say the burden on customers could have been much worse if sens...

Obama's Speech Highlights Divide Over Immigration Enforcement In Va.

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, Prince William County's top elected leader says President Obama's speech on immigration did nothing to slow his push for tougher immigration enforcement across the Commonwealth.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart says the Pre...

Travel For The 4th Up, Locals Prepare

By Patrick Madden

The number of people traveling for the July 4th holiday is expected to be up dramatically this year. AAA Mid-Atlantic is predicting a nearly 20 percent increase from a year ago. At a gas station in Maryland 's Montgomery County some travelers are getting out of town early...

The Week's Top Stories With Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Education reform has been this week's top story: will Rhee go if Gray is elected? Mayor Fenty backs out of an education debate with Gray at the last minute. In Maryland, Republican Bob Ehrlich chooses a running mate in the gubernatorial race.

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with W...

Montgomery County On Ehrlich's Mind In Maryland

By Matt Bush

Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich is hoping his running mate will help him make a bigger splash in Montgomery County.

The Republican tapped Mary Kane to be on his ticket. Kane lives in Potomac, and served as Ehrlich's secretary of state during his term as governor. She...

Baltimore Opens Up To Urban Gardening

By Sylvia Carignan

Baltimore’s proposed zoning code could mean more jobs and fresh, locally-grown food for city residents. The new code would introduce community gardens and farm stands into the city’s recognized land uses.

Although the city will not proactively create spaces for urba...

McDonnell Wants to Attract Trucking Fleets to Register in VA

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell is hoping to attract more trucking firms to title and register their fleets in the Commonwealth.

McDonnell issued a proclamation this week that expedites the safety inspection process for commercial motor vehicles traveling on Virgi...

Gray Puts Education At Top Of Mayoral Platform

By Rebecca Sheir

As D.C.'s mayoral race heats up this summer, D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent Gray says he's putting education at the top of his platform.

Gray is urging a more collaborative approach to reforming D.C. Public Schools, with more "transparency" than t...

Power Breakfast For July 2, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, on the eve of the Fourth of July recess, the House passed yet another extension of unemployment benefits.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Three Russian spy suspects are scheduled to return to court this afternoon. Federal authorities arrested Mikhail Semenko, Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills at their Arlington, Va., homes this week and charged them with being foreign agents. They were among 11 people taken...

Obama: Economy Still Headed Right Direction

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) President Barack Obama on Friday cast the state of the economy in upbeat terms, declaring that it was headed in the right direction even as employers slashed payrolls last month for the first time in half a year. The unemployment rate dropped to 9.5 percent.

...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, July 2-4, 2010

There are plenty of incentives to stick around the region for Old Glory's 234th birthday this weekend:

(July 2-August 27) CHARM CITY’S LITTLE ITALY In the Baltimore neighborhood Little Italy, the movie Moonstruck airs tonight at 9 during the Open Air Film Festival. The 1987 romantic comedy...

Heat Related Deaths Soar

By Meymo Lyons

State health officials in Maryland say there have been six heat-related deaths already this year, matching the total for all of last year.

The most recent confirmed death is an adult male from Montgomery County, who died in May. The death was just confirmed to be heat-r...

This Week in Congress - July 2, 2010

SCRIPT:

I’m Elizabeth Wynne Johnson of Capitol News Connection.

This Week in Congress…

In his final years, his appearances at the Capitol grew increasingly rare. But each time he arrived, a frail Senator Robert C. Byrd never failed to croak out a certain familiar phrase – part g...

McDonnell Backs Off Metro Threats With Little Time To Spare

By David Schultz

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is demanding more authority over how Metro spends the Commonwealth's money. He wants to appoint his representatives to Metro's Board of Directors. But McDonnell is backing off threats to withhold funding from Metro until it agreed to his dema...

Travel For The 4th Up, Locals Prepare

By Patrick Madden

The number of people traveling for the July 4th holiday is expected to be up dramatically this year. AAA Mid-Atlantic is predicting a nearly 20 percent increase from a year ago. At a gas station in Maryland 's Montgomery County some travelers are getting out of town early...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge has given final approval to a $13.7 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against the District of Columbia. The lawsuit arose out of a protest in 2000 where hundreds of people were arrested near the World Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings.

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Baltimore Opens Up To Urban Gardening

By Sylvia Carignan

Baltimore’s proposed zoning code could mean more jobs and fresh, locally-grown food for city residents. The new code would introduce community gardens and farm stands into the city’s recognized land uses.

Although the city will not proactively create spaces for urba...

Park Services Emphasize Safety For The Holiday Weekend

By Natalie Neumann

After a mother and daughter drowned in the Potomac River on Memorial Day this year, the Potomac River Safety Task Force is taking extra precautions to prevent any river accidents this holiday weekend.

In the past 15 months the Potomac River has claimed the lives of...

McDonnell Wants to Attract Trucking Fleets to Register in VA

By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell is hoping to attract more trucking firms to title and register their fleets in the Commonwealth.

McDonnell issued a proclamation this week that expedites the safety inspection process for commercial motor vehicles traveling on Virgi...

EPA Sets Pollution Limit for Bay

By Sabri Ben-Achour

187 million pounds. That's how much nitrogen can safely be allowed into the bay, say scientists at the EPA. Last year, the bay got about 50 million pounds too much. Nitrogen, along with other nutrients, most notably phosphorous - flow into the bay and create giant corrid...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger will introduce a Commuter's Bill of Rights after incidents in which passengers were left stranded on MARC trains. The Maryland Democrat says he will introduce the bill today at the BWI MARC Station in Linthicum Heights.

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) Israel...

Former Mortgage Exec Pleads Not Guilty In VA

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A federal judge has set a November 1 trial date for the former head of a major mortgage lending company accused of scheming to steal more than half a billion dollars from the government's financial bailout fund.

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema set the date despite p...

"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, July 2-4, 2010

There are plenty of incentives to stick around the region for Old Glory's 234th birthday this weekend:

(July 2-August 27) CHARM CITY’S LITTLE ITALY In the Baltimore neighborhood Little Italy, the movie Moonstruck airs tonight at 9 during the Open Air Film Festival. The 1987 romantic comedy...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup July 2, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

KANE DEBUTS Ehrlich would have his new LG candidate Mary Kane handle criminal justice and small business if they win in November, reports Annie Linskey of the Sun. Read John Wagner's Post story on Kane's first day on the campaign trail here. The two visi...

This Week in Congress - July 2, 2010

SCRIPT:

I’m Elizabeth Wynne Johnson of Capitol News Connection.

This Week in Congress…

In his final years, his appearances at the Capitol grew increasingly rare. But each time he arrived, a frail Senator Robert C. Byrd never failed to croak out a certain familiar phrase – part g...

Gray Puts Education At Top Of Mayoral Platform

By Rebecca Sheir

As D.C.'s mayoral race heats up this summer, D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent Gray says he's putting education at the top of his platform.

Gray is urging a more collaborative approach to reforming D.C. Public Schools, with more "transparency" than t...

Travel For The 4th Up, Locals Prepare

By Patrick Madden

The number of people traveling for the July 4th holiday is expected to be up dramatically this year. AAA Mid-Atlantic is predicting a nearly 20 percent increase from a year ago. At a gas station in Maryland 's Montgomery County some travelers are getting out of town early...

Latest Virginia Regional News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Three Russian spy suspects are scheduled to return to court this afternoon. Federal authorities arrested Mikhail Semenko, Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills at their Arlington, Va., homes this week and charged them with being foreign agents. They were among 11 people taken...

Baltimore Opens Up To Urban Gardening

By Sylvia Carignan

Baltimore’s proposed zoning code could mean more jobs and fresh, locally-grown food for city residents. The new code would introduce community gardens and farm stands into the city’s recognized land uses.

Although the city will not proactively create spaces for urba...

Park Services Emphasize Safety For The Holiday Weekend

By Natalie Neumann

After a mother and daughter drowned in the Potomac River on Memorial Day this year, the Potomac River Safety Task Force is taking extra precautions to prevent any river accidents this holiday weekend.

In the past 15 months the Potomac River has claimed the lives of...

Ehrlich Officially Running In Maryland

By Matt Bush

Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich officially entered the race to get his old job back this afternoon.

The Republican finds the political landscape today far different than when he lost the gubernatorial race four years ago.

One of the factors Ehrlich says swayed...

WSSC Restricts Water Use, Repairs Damaged Pipe

By Natalie Neumann

Maryland's Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland are still under water restrictions, including no outdoor water use and limited indoor use.

Crews working to repair a 96-inch pipe in Potomac say the burden on customers could have been much worse if sens...

McDonnell Backs Off Metro Threats With Little Time To Spare

By David Schultz

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is demanding more authority over how Metro spends the Commonwealth's money. He wants to appoint his representatives to Metro's Board of Directors. But McDonnell is backing off threats to withhold funding from Metro until it agreed to his dema...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger will introduce a Commuter's Bill of Rights after incidents in which passengers were left stranded on MARC trains. The Maryland Democrat says he will introduce the bill today at the BWI MARC Station in Linthicum Heights.

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) Israel...