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State Roundup: Monday, Nov. 1

From MarylandReporter.com:

FOLLOW THE MONEY The Washington Post's Aaron Davis and Luke Rosiak take a close look at who funds the race between Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, and finds that Baltimore is no longer the epicenter for campaign cash. There's a nifty Google-aided...

Thoroughbred Racing Interests Say Their Future Is On The Line

The Maryland Jockey Club says Laurel Park would cease racing activities and the Bowie Training Center would close if a proposal to build a casino at Arundel Mills Mall is approved by voters tomorrow.

Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas is not mincing words--he says if Anne Arundel County vote...

Va. House Races Could Provide 'Early Signs' Of National Outcome

Democrats and Republicans are watching a handful of Virginia House contests for indications of how they will fare in Tuesday's elections.

Democrats currently hold six of Virginia's 11 House seats. David Wasserman has been tracking the races for the Cook Political Report. He says these House...

Father Of Virginia Tech Victim Confronts Congressional Candidate

After apologizing for comments about the Virginia Tech shooting, Republican Keith Fimian, who's running for Virginia's 11th congressional district, met with the father of a girl who was killed during the 2007 massacre.

After getting supporters revved up for his get out the vote program, Fim...

Weekend Rally Causes Record Numbers On D.C. Metro

This weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall broke a 19-year-old ridership record for Metro transit. Preliminary figures show Metrorail moved a record number of passengers Saturday. Measurements show many of those riders were headed to the center of the District to be part of the r...

Latest Virginia Regional News

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A U.S. Airways flight is back safely at Norfolk International Airport after a bird hit an engine. Airport officials say the Boeing 737 had reached about 1,000 feet this morning when the pilot reported an engine vibration and returned the plane with 137 passengers and five crew....

Voter Turnout Efforts Could Make Or Break Election

Ahead of Tuesday's election it's all hands on deck in Virginia as local campaigns continue to rally last minute support.

This weekend Virginia House candidates pulled out the big names: Democratic Sen. Jim Webb stumped on Saturday and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell came out on Sunday to a ch...

Virginia Voters To Consider Amendments

They haven't received much publicity, but three constitutional amendments will be on the ballot in Virginia tomorrow.

The first would allow localities to expand property tax relief to homeowners who are disabled or over 65. The second would create a tax exemption for the principal residence...

Thoroughbred Racing Interests Say Their Future Is On The Line

The Maryland Jockey Club says Laurel Park would cease racing activities and the Bowie Training Center would close if a proposal to build a casino at Arundel Mills Mall is approved by voters tomorrow.

Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas is not mincing words--he says if Anne Arundel County vote...

Defense Tries To Define Levy's Relationship With Former Congressman

Former California Congressman Gary Condit took the witness stand today in the Chandra Levy murder trial.

It was Condit's relationship with the former intern which helped elevate the national discussion around her murder. Today, the defense attorney for Ingmar Guandique--the man accused of k...

Baltimore Asks Voters To Approve $100,000,000 In City Loans

By Cathy Duchamp

In Baltimore, voters have a lot to consider on the bottom of the ballot: eight bond issues that add up to $100 million in city loans. The bond measure campaign is relatively modest.

Tom Stosur directs the Baltimore Planning Department. He’s not running for office. But...

Former Prison Inmates, Gang Members Testify In Second Week Of Levy Trial

The second week of the Chandra Levy murder trial is set to begin later this morning.

The prosecution is expected to call on gang members and former prison inmates this week to testify that defendant Ingmar Guandique admitted to them he killed Levy. Because there are no eyewitnesses or physi...

Latest Maryland Regional News

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore city officials and officials in Anne Arundel and Harford County say they will appeal fines by the federal Environmental Protection Agency over runoff. The EPA fined the three jurisdictions nearly $250,000 for failing to protect waterways from runoff from streets, lawns, p...

Commentary: Education Could Further Enhance Immigrants' Contributions

From "Consider This With Fred Fiske:"

I guess the Hispanicization of America started with Xavier Cugat about 70 years ago, when Americans became attracted to Latin American music and started to dance the rumba, the cha cha and the merengue. Now, when we ask our grandchildren what they'd lik...

Va. House Races Could Provide 'Early Signs' Of National Outcome

Democrats and Republicans are watching a handful of Virginia House contests for indications of how they will fare in Tuesday's elections.

Democrats currently hold six of Virginia's 11 House seats. David Wasserman has been tracking the races for the Cook Political Report. He says these House...

Art Beat: Monday, Nov. 1

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 1) FRIGHTENED RABBIT Halloween is over, but one band of bunnies is still frightened. Frightened Rabbit is a band, based in Glasgow some treats tonight. The Glasow based musicians sing quaint pop songs about love and lesser feelings at the 9:30 Club in...

Ballot Measure Would Bar Lay Judges From Maryland Orphans' Court

A measure on the ballot in Maryland would end a 200-year tradition that allows lay-people to work as judges who settle wills, estates, and guardianship of minors. The Orphans' Court ballot question would only affect Baltimore City, but the Maryland constitution requires that all voters in the sta...

Latest Virginia Regional News

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A U.S. Airways flight is back safely at Norfolk International Airport after a bird hit an engine. Airport officials say the Boeing 737 had reached about 1,000 feet this morning when the pilot reported an engine vibration and returned the plane with 137 passengers and five crew....

Voter Turnout Efforts Could Make Or Break Election

Ahead of Tuesday's election it's all hands on deck in Virginia as local campaigns continue to rally last minute support.

This weekend Virginia House candidates pulled out the big names: Democratic Sen. Jim Webb stumped on Saturday and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell came out on Sunday to a ch...

Virginia Voters To Consider Amendments

They haven't received much publicity, but three constitutional amendments will be on the ballot in Virginia tomorrow.

The first would allow localities to expand property tax relief to homeowners who are disabled or over 65. The second would create a tax exemption for the principal residence...

Md. Gubernatorial Race Hits Final Campaign Day

In Maryland, the gubernatorial campaigns of incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) are making closing arguments all over the state today.

O'Malley spent the morning in Baltimore, leaving his running mate, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown to canvass Montgomery Co...

Defense Tries To Define Levy's Relationship With Former Congressman

Former California Congressman Gary Condit took the witness stand today in the Chandra Levy murder trial.

It was Condit's relationship with the former intern which helped elevate the national discussion around her murder. Today, the defense attorney for Ingmar Guandique--the man accused of k...

Power Breakfast: Monday, Nov. 1

From Capitol News Connection:

Like just about every state and local leader in the U.S., Native American leaders are wondering what a possible shift in the balance of power in Washington would mean for them. Chief James Allan of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of North Idaho says some Indian County...

Weekend Rally Causes Record Numbers On D.C. Metro

This weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall broke a 19-year-old ridership record for Metro transit. Preliminary figures show Metrorail moved a record number of passengers Saturday. Measurements show many of those riders were headed to the center of the District to be part of the r...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Republican Party chairman Michael Steele says he thinks the GOP will do well in Tuesday's elections because it has shown that it is prepared to listen to the people.'' Offering counterpoint on ABC'sGood Morning America,'' Democratic Party Chairman Tim Kaine credits Democrats with...

Commentary: Education Could Further Enhance Immigrants' Contributions

From "Consider This With Fred Fiske:"

I guess the Hispanicization of America started with Xavier Cugat about 70 years ago, when Americans became attracted to Latin American music and started to dance the rumba, the cha cha and the merengue. Now, when we ask our grandchildren what they'd lik...

Art Beat: Monday, Nov. 1

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 1) FRIGHTENED RABBIT Halloween is over, but one band of bunnies is still frightened. Frightened Rabbit is a band, based in Glasgow some treats tonight. The Glasow based musicians sing quaint pop songs about love and lesser feelings at the 9:30 Club in...

Laurel City Police Investigate Hate Crime

Someone hung a doll from a noose in front of an African-American church on Laurel Park Drive in Maryland sometime late Saturday or early Sunday morning. A maintenance man discovered the doll hanging from a tree in front of the City of Zion Church.

Public Information Officer Jim Collins says...

Ballot Measure Would Bar Lay Judges From Maryland Orphans' Court

A measure on the ballot in Maryland would end a 200-year tradition that allows lay-people to work as judges who settle wills, estates, and guardianship of minors. The Orphans' Court ballot question would only affect Baltimore City, but the Maryland constitution requires that all voters in the sta...

Investment In Wind Energy Dwindles

U.S. wind energy investment is slowing. That's according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group that keeps track of wind development. It says the third quarter was the slowest for the industry since 2007.

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Ken C...

Voter Turnout Efforts Could Make Or Break Election

Ahead of Tuesday's election it's all hands on deck in Virginia as local campaigns continue to rally last minute support.

This weekend Virginia House candidates pulled out the big names: Democratic Sen. Jim Webb stumped on Saturday and Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell came out on Sunday to a ch...

Thoroughbred Racing Interests Say Their Future Is On The Line

The Maryland Jockey Club says Laurel Park would cease racing activities and the Bowie Training Center would close if a proposal to build a casino at Arundel Mills Mall is approved by voters tomorrow.

Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas is not mincing words--he says if Anne Arundel County vote...

Va. House Races Could Provide 'Early Signs' Of National Outcome

Democrats and Republicans are watching a handful of Virginia House contests for indications of how they will fare in Tuesday's elections.

Democrats currently hold six of Virginia's 11 House seats. David Wasserman has been tracking the races for the Cook Political Report. He says these House...

Father Of Virginia Tech Victim Confronts Congressional Candidate

After apologizing for comments about the Virginia Tech shooting, Republican Keith Fimian, who's running for Virginia's 11th congressional district, met with the father of a girl who was killed during the 2007 massacre.

After getting supporters revved up for his get out the vote program, Fim...

Weekend Rally Causes Record Numbers On D.C. Metro

This weekend's Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall broke a 19-year-old ridership record for Metro transit. Preliminary figures show Metrorail moved a record number of passengers Saturday. Measurements show many of those riders were headed to the center of the District to be part of the r...

Latest D.C. Local News

WASHINGTON (AP) Republican Party chairman Michael Steele says he thinks the GOP will do well in Tuesday's elections because it has shown that it is prepared to listen to the people.'' Offering counterpoint on ABC'sGood Morning America,'' Democratic Party Chairman Tim Kaine credits Democrats with...

Former Rep. Gary Condit Testifies In Levy Murder Trial

Ingmar Guandique, a native of El Salvador, is on trial for the murder and attempted sexual assault of Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago. Former California Rep. Gary Condit testified today in the Levy murder trial.

On the stand, Condit talked about his initial efforts to help the Levy family...

Art Beat: Monday, Nov. 1

"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Nov. 1) FRIGHTENED RABBIT Halloween is over, but one band of bunnies is still frightened. Frightened Rabbit is a band, based in Glasgow some treats tonight. The Glasow based musicians sing quaint pop songs about love and lesser feelings at the 9:30 Club in...

Laurel City Police Investigate Hate Crime

Someone hung a doll from a noose in front of an African-American church on Laurel Park Drive in Maryland sometime late Saturday or early Sunday morning. A maintenance man discovered the doll hanging from a tree in front of the City of Zion Church.

Public Information Officer Jim Collins says...

Metro Investigates Saturday Escalator Malfunction

Metro officials are continuing to investigate an escalator malfunction during Saturday's rally with Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says four people were injured around 2 p.m. Saturday at the bottom of the escalator at the L'Enfant Pl...

Power Breakfast: Monday, Nov. 1

From Capitol News Connection:

Like just about every state and local leader in the U.S., Native American leaders are wondering what a possible shift in the balance of power in Washington would mean for them. Chief James Allan of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of North Idaho says some Indian County...

Investment In Wind Energy Dwindles

U.S. wind energy investment is slowing. That's according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association, a trade group that keeps track of wind development. It says the third quarter was the slowest for the industry since 2007.

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Ken C...