News Archive - August 23, 2010

D.C. Public Schools Extend Programs To Younger Students

Today is the first day of school for many school districts across the region, including D.C. Public Schools. One school, Francis Stevens Education Campus in Northwest, is looking forward to welcoming 3-year-olds for the first time.

Kavitha Cardoza reports....

Liquor Control Meeting In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, liquor control boards from across the state are meeting in Montgomery County. The yearly meeting focuses on trends seen in the alcohol and hospitality industries. Customers over-consuming and getting dangerously drunk is one the trends this year according to Kathie...

Va. Health Department Could Require Abortion Facilities To Meet Hospital Standards

By Elliott Francis

In Virginia, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has issued a legal opinion widening the restrictions for abortion clinics.

The legal opinion is in response to an inquiry by State Senator Ralph Smith who asked if the Commonwealth has the authority to regulate abortion c...

Enviromental Group Pushes For A Plastic Free Potomac

By Cathy Carter

A trash free Potomac River may seem impossible, but one environmental group says it can be done one piece of plastic at a time.

Julie Lawson is walking down a stone path to Fletcher's Boathouse in the District. When she reaches the dock, she grabs a canoe and paddles t...

Latest Maryland Regional News

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) Police say the convicted D.C. sniper is refusing to talk with detectives about his claim that he and his partner had more victims than the 27 shootings they were linked to in 2002. Lee Boyd Malvo is serving a live sentence with no parole in Virginia.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md....

Va. ACLU Asks Supreme Court To Review Ban On Alcohol Ads

The ACLU of Virginia is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling a ban on alcohol advertising in Virginia's college newspapers.

In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 4th U.S. District Court of Appeals concluded that the ban from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is a lega...

D.C. Public Schools Welcome Students Back

Today is the first of 180 days of classes for students. It is also the first day for new and revamped schools in the city, including the temporary Wilson High School, which is on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia in northwest. Also in northwest, Stoddert Elementary is reope...

Obama Elementary Opens In Majority-Black Md. Area

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) Classes are in session at the new Barack Obama Elementary School in Prince George's County.

It's one of at least six schools across the country named for the president. When it opened Monday, it was the first in the Washington area.

The Prince George's school...

Virginia Finds More Polluted Streams

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Virginia has released it's annual evaluation of water quality in the state, and nearly half of the state's waterways are in trouble.

Every two years, under the clean water act, states have to check in on the health of their waterways.

This year, Virginia's De...

Metro Police Increase Presence For Start Of School

By Jessica Gould

As schools go back into session, some students are studying up on subway etiquette.

Leslie Campbell is a captain with the Metro Transit Police. But these days, he’s become a bit of a professor, teaching high school students lessons on Metro Manners 101.

"I talke...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Thousands of students in the D.C. public school system have headed back to school today. This year the schools are trying out a pilot program to bring fresh, local foods to student cafeterias and Metro has tweaked transit routes to better serve students traveling to and form class...

Ambulance Fee in Effect in Montgomery County

By Rebecca Blatt

Opponents of the fee needed 15,366 signatures by August 4 and at least that many more by August 19. The Board of Elections says it has completed the count of the first batch and petitioners did not have enough.

Supporters say they handed in thousands more than necessa...

Md. College Campus Enforces Smoking Ban

By Cathy Duchamp

Students are returning to college campuses across the region this week. But at Towson University north of Baltimore, there’s something different in the air. Students are no longer allowed to smoke anywhere on campus.

Towson is the first public four-year college in Mar...

MarylandReporter.com State Roundup, August 23, 2010

From the MarylandReporter.com website:

O'MALLEY AT MACo Nich Sohr of the Daily Record gives a run down of Gov. Martin O'Malley's speech at the Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City. The AP's Brian Witte leads with O'Malley's promise to restore local highway user revenue...

700 New Three- and Four-Year-Olds Attending Pre-K and Pre School Classes in DCPS

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C.'s traditional public schools will begin the new academic year with revised menu options that are expected to be more nutritious, 99.9 percent of text books arrived on time and there are 30 new principals and 350 new teachers.

Chancellor Michelle Rhee says we ca...

Public Hearing On PEPCO Next Week In Rockville

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, residents who are upset with PEPCO over the utility's response to recent storms will be able to share their anger with state regulators.

The Maryland Public Service Commission, which sets the rate utilities can charge their customers, will hold a public heari...

Police Officer Shot At Home Depot In Northeast DC

WASHINGTON (AP) A police officer has been shot at a Home Depot store in northeast Washington.

A spokeswoman for the D.C. police department, Tisha Gant, says the shooting happened about 11:45 a.m. Monday at the store on Rhode Island Avenue. Gant says the officer was grazed on the elbow and w...

Power Breakfast For August 23, 2010

After months of bickering, Congress is close to approving a plan for NASA and human space flight. But a sticking point remains, how much to promote and participate in the growth of the commercial space industry.

Manuel Quinones reports...

Latest Virginia Regional News

LOUISA, Va. (AP) Louisa County police say they fielded about two dozen trouble calls in the past from a central Virginia home where three people died and four others were wounded in a weekend shooting. Authorities say the gunman was among those killed along with two other men.

NORFOLK, Va....

700 New Three And Four Year Olds Attending Pre-K And Pre School Classes In DCPS

By Kavitha Cardoza

D.C.’s traditional public schools will begin the new academic year with revised menu options that are expected to be more nutritious, 99.9 percent of text books arrived on time and there are 30 new principals and 350 new teachers.

Chancellor Michelle Rhee says, “We...