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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

D.C. Facebook Campaign Asks Congress: 'Are You My Rep?'

"Will you represent us?" It's a question that D.C. residents may have grown tired of asking of lawmakers. But a new calling campaign urges them to ask that very question to a random sampling Congress members from around the country.

Capitals Begin Stanley Cup Playoff Action

The Washington Capitals kick off the Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

Md. Official: Natural Gas 'Fracking' Should Be Reviewed

Maryland’s environment secretary is urging Congress to take a more active role in regulating the mining process known as hydraulic fracturing.

State and Local Governments Fight Expensive Dulles Rail Project

State and local officials in Virginia are fighting to block a pricey plan to build a new underground metro station at Dulles airport.

Power Breakfast: Congress Talks Cuts

Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Shooting Suspect

Police say they think they know the man who shot two people at a barber shop in Bell View Shopping Center in Fairfax County, Va. They've issued a warrant for his arrest, but they're still trying to figure out where he is.

D.C. Students Take To Youtube To Talk Teen Pregnancy

The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is teaching a group of teen girls to be peer educators and giving them a chance to star in their own short films at the same time.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

O'Malley Signs First Batch Of Bills From General Assembly

Among the bills Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed just hours after the legislature adjourned for the year were measures that build the framework for the state to implement the federal health-care reform act.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington's sewer authority has produced a new cartoon to explain the largest construction project in its history. The four-minute cartoon titled "A Drop's Life" features two raindrops making their way through the city's sewer system and into new tunnels planned to prevent sewage overflows.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A man who served seven years in prison for a 1979 rape has been declared innocent because of DNA testing. The Virginia Supreme Court granted a writ of actual innocence to Calvin Wayne Cunningham today.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) A program that works to identify illegal immigrants in prisons and jails is expanding to western Maryland. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced today that it has launched the Secure Communities program in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.

Virginia Welcomes Ballplayer Pete Hill To His Proper Home

History is riddled with mistakes. One of those mistakes concerns the birthplace of a little-known player in the Baseball Hall of Fame. A new historical marker in rural north central Virginia sets the record straight.

Alcohol Tax, Immigrant In-State Tuition Bills Pass Md. Legislature

In the final few hours of the 2011 session, the Maryland State Senate approved a slew of bills, including one that will allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges.

Wisconsin Ave Reopens After Closure

D.C. police have reopened the southbound lanes of Wisconsin Avenue NW, after the road was shut for almost two hours Tuesday morning.

Metro Hikes Not Keeping People From Riding During Peak Hours

Riders may not like paying an extra 20 cents to take Metrorail during peak hours, but Metro says last year's price bump is not stopping people from riding during the height of rush hours.