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Monday, April 11, 2011

Male Intruder In Georgetown University Dorm

Public safety officials at Georgetown University are warning students to be cautious after reports of a male intruder in one of the dorms.

Woman Struck By Metro Train

A woman is suffering serious, but non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a Metro train at the Bethesda station Monday morning.

Maryland Gov. Hopes For Wind Energy In Future Legislative Session

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he knew that the wind energy bill he introduced in February would be a high hurdle to clear in the state legislature. The bill stalled in the State Senate last week just before the end of the session, but O'Malley hopes it'll have a chance in a future legislative session.

O'Malley reflected on the 2011 legislative session during WAMU's Morning Edition. The final day of the session is today, April 11.

Year-long Constitution Ave. Construction Begins

Road crews are preparing to begin a major construction project that will rehabilitate Constitution Avenue. The road work will mean lane closures and traffic delays for drivers for the next year.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: A major tax increase on alcohol, a plan to invest public money in start-ups to spur job growth and a measure to give undocumented immigrants tuition breaks at state colleges are among several issues left for lawmakers to decide today, on the last day of Maryland's legislative session, reports Aaron Davis and John Wagner for the Post.

D.C. Mayor Decries Congressional Budget Deal

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray says he thinks Democrats shouldn't have compromised on the issues affecting the District in Friday's last-minute Congressional budget deal, even if it would have meant a shutdown. But he quickly clarified on WAMU's Morning Edition that D.C. "shouldn’t have been the compromise."

"The issue is, it was not necessary to include the District in this in the first place," Gray said in an interview.

D.C. Leaders Angry At Democrats For Budget Riders

For years, leaders in the District have complained about Republicans in Congress meddling in local affairs. But following that last-minute budget deal to avert a government shutdown — which contained two riders targeting DC — city leaders are now directing their anger at Democrats.

D.C. Abortion Providers Balk At Congressional Budget Rider

To avoid a shutdown of the federal government, lawmakers reached a compromise that reinstates a ban on the District government using its own funds to pay for abortions. Local abortion providers are up in arms over the decision.

D.C. Mayor, Council Members Arrested In Protest Over Budget

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and several members of the City Council were arrested for civil disobedience after taking part in a protest Monday on Capitol Hill to voice their opposition to the budget deal reached by Congress.

City officials say Washington was used as a pawn in last week's budget bargaining, with new restrictions part of the price of a deal.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

April 11, 2011 – A peacock room, a ballroom, and Russia’s finest.

Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Pushed Back To Committee

A bill in Maryland that would have protected transgendered individuals from housing and employment discrimination has been killed for this year.

Consider This, With Fred Fiske

This week, Fred Fiske considers Japan's future after last month's earthquake and multiple tsunamis.

Gas Prices Drive Consumers To Cut Back

As gas prices in the region rise to an average of $3.50 per gallon for regular unleaded, there is evidence drivers are buying less gas and cutting back on their time spent behind the wheel.

Friday, April 8, 2011

How will a government shutdown affect D.C. public schools?

Even if the government does shut down this weekend, that won't mean a snow day-style vacation for D.C. Public Schools students next week. In the event of a government closure, the approximately 70,000 students in DC's Public schools will still be expected in class first thing Monday morning, according to a DCPS spokesperson.

D.C. Firefighters Injured in Northeast Fire

One District firefighter is suffering life-threatening injuries and three others are critically hurt after battling a house fire in Northeast D.C. early Friday morning.

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