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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: SESSION ROUNDTABLE: Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter.com, Kenny Burns of WNAV radio, John Wagner of The Washington Post and Lou Davis of Maryland Public Television discuss the 2011 General Assembly session, including the issues that dominated – among them, gay marriage, pension overhaul and the budget.

Montgomery County Businesses Laud Federal, State Budgets

Business leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland are saying "what a difference a week makes." The federal budget deal and last minute actions by the state legislature have created a much better scenario for local businesses than they did one week ago.

FAA Adds Second Controller To Night Shift At Reagan Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration has added a second air traffic controller to late night shifts at Reagan National Airport.

The change comes after a lone tower controller fell asleep while on duty last month and failed to assist two pilots who were set to land planes at the airport.

D.C. Looks To Cap Special Education Costs

Almost three thousand D.C. students with physical and emotional disabilities attend private schools both in and out of the District at taxpayers' expense. The cost is about three times that of the national average for similar students.

Suspect Arrested In Alexandria Barbershop Shooting

A suspect is in custody after a deadly shooting in a Fairfax County shopping center Wednesday.

Police arrested Hung T. Nguyen of Annandale, Va. late Wednesday after he turned himself in at a Fairfax County police station. Nguyen has been charged with murder.

Construction Workers Demand Rights

Local construction workers are accusing a subcontractor of rights violations and demanding accountability by the federal government.

Bluegrass Legend Hazel Dickens To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Hazel Dickens -- the bluegrass music legend -- is receiving the Washington Monument Award for Lifetime Achievement Saturday. The award will be presented Saturday at the D.C. Bluegrass Festival, which is sponsored by WAMU's Bluegrass Country.

Metro To Formulate Budget Menu

Metro is narrowing down its options to fill a $74 million gap in its budget for the coming fiscal year.

Budget Cuts Coming To Montgomery County Fire Department

The Montgomery County, Md., has held hearings all week on the $300 million that County Executive Isiah Leggett has proposed cutting from the budget, and with about a month to go before the budget must be passed, things are beginning to get testy.

Proliferation of Food Trucks May Prompt Change in Law

The proliferation of food trucks has some D.C. lawmakers considering changes to how these mobile vendors are regulated and taxed. Right now, food trucks are exempted from the city's sales tax.

Local Medicaid Money Pulled Early From D.C. Abortion Funding

A group in D.C. that helps women pay for abortion care discovered late Wednesday night that local Medicaid dollars could no longer be applied, effective immediately.

Author Reveals White House's Black History

Washington, D.C. is home to the most famous house in America: the White House. But for many African-Americans, this legendary building represents a rarely discussed history of exclusion and inequality.

Arlington Schools Help Hungry Students Beyond School Walls

An elementary school in Arlington County, Va., is partnering with a local food bank to help hungry students get the nutrition they need even when they head home for the weekend.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A craft show, an art festival, and other ways to shirk tax time.

Weekend Metro Service Cuts May Be Coming

Riding Metro on the weekends might soon become less convenient, as Metro is weighing service cuts to balance its budget.

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