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Monday, May 2, 2011

Dominion Requests Rate Hike

Dominion Virginia Power is asking state regulators for permission to charge customers more for power.

D.C. Police On High Alert

Fears of a potential retaliatory strike after the killing of Osama bin Laden is prompting increased security measures around the D.C. region.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks has been killed in an operation led by the United States. The president made the announcement late Sunday that the United States led the operation and took custody of bin Laden's remains.

Latest Virginia News

GLADE SPRING, Va. (AP) The number of confirmed tornadoes from Virginia's recent outbreak is growing. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says the National Weather Service has confirmed 15 tornadoes in the recent outbreak. Washington and Halifax counties were hit hardest by the storms.

Latest Maryland News

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) Montgomery County police say a man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Police say the 54-year-old woman pretended to be dead after she was shot in the arm at an apartment in Gaithersburg. Police then say the man fatally shot himself. She is expected to survive.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com BIN LADEN DEAD UPBEAT BUT CAUTIOUS: Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation praised the U.S. raid in Pakistan that led to the death of Osama bin Laden yesterday, reports the Sun’s John Fritze, but many also tempered their optimism by cautioning that the war on terror will continue.

Added Security Just A 'Precautionary' Measure, Says Metro

Metro is increasing security on its buses and trains to prepare for any potential reprisals from Sunday's killing of Osama bin Laden.

Alexandria May Impose Additional Taxes On Commercial Properties

Commercial property owners in Alexandria could pay higher taxes in the coming year, if the city government decides to implement a transportation fund tax for commercial land.

Osama Bin Laden's Death Brings Concerns Over Security

WMATA has beefed up security at Metro stations Monday in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden. Passengers will likely notice more uniformed, armed officers throughout the system, according to Metro officials.

Fairfax School Board To Discuss Teacher Pay Raises Today

Today in Fairfax County, a school board work session could give teachers and staff an sense of whether a pay raise is truly on the way.

Fumes Force 911 Call Center Evacuation in Alexandria

In Virginia, Alexandria's 911 call center is expected to re-open today after fumes in the public safety building prompted an evacuation.

On the Potomac River, Rescuers Battle the Elements and Outdated Equipment

Boating season is now officially underway in the District. For the small team of D.C. firefighters that patrols the Potomac River, that means not only battling powerful currents, but dealing with unpredictable weather, unseasoned boaters, and outdated equipment.

Workplace Flexibility In U.S. Could Be Key To International Competition

For some, workplace flexibility is the key to juggling work life and family life. But now some experts say it's the key to competing with other countries.

Commentary By Joe Horning: A Plea For Comprehensive Homeless Services

As Congress returns from its recess this week, potential budget cuts -- including those affecting programs that help prevent foreclosures -- will be on the agenda. Commentator Joe Horning -- chairman of the D.C.-based Horning Brothers development company -- is urging federal and local lawmakers to consider the consequences.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Bohemian's big band, Hawaii's Kaho'olawe, and Corcoran's class.

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