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Thursday, March 31, 2011

VCU President Michael Rao Talks Basketball

Virginia Commonwealth University's men's basketball team will make its first appearance in an NCAA Final Four this weekend in Houston. The team was ranked 11th in the southwest region -- but it has won five games in a row to make it to the semifinal game against Butler on Saturday.

Power Breakfast: Congress Works To Preserve D.C.'s School Voucher Program

From Capitol News Connection: As Speaker of the House, Ohio Republican John Boehner has made the preservation of D.C.'s controversial school voucher program a top legislative priority. And he convinced a fellow Ohio Republican, Congressman Steven LaTourette, to get on board.

Neighborhood Marks Anniversary Of Southeast Mass Shooting

It has been one year since the drive-by shooting in Southeast D.C. which killed four teens. Wednesday evening, residents and city leaders gathered to mark the tragedy, and discuss violence prevention.

Governor's Amendment To Autism Bill Irks Advocates

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed several amendments to a bill that would require insurance companies to cover autism-related treatments for young children.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Afrobeats at Bossa, wordy walls and open charm city.

Report Says D.C. Has High Rate Of Deficient Bridges

A national advocacy group says the District has an unusually high rate of structurally deficient bridges.

Fairfax Superintendent Outlines Proposed Discipline Changes

In Virginia, the superintendent of Fairfax's Public School system is recommending changes to the district's discipline policy in response to pressure from parents and some school board members.

VDOT Performs Homeless Sweep At I-95 Interchange

Virginia's Department of Transportation is forcing groups of homeless people camped out near an I-95 interchange in Prince William County to pack up and move out by midnight Thursday.

D.C. Fire Department Introduces Patient Bill Of Rights

D.C.'s firefighters are fast becoming the frontline workers in health care. Eight in 10 calls to 911 are now are for medical help. In response, the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is adding a patient bill of rights.

Nationals Lose Opener 2-0

The Nationals opened their season Thursday afternoon with a loss to divisional rival Atlanta.

More Details About Student With Loaded Gun Shared In Court

A judge in Maryland ruled that a 15-year-old boy will remain in a juvenile detention center after his was arrest Tuesday for carrying a loaded handgun into Tuscarora High School in Frederick.

Former Md. School Employee Charged With Theft From Government Program

In Maryland, a former employee of the Charles County school system is facing charges of diverting federal funds, intended for low-income students, for her personal use.

Redistricting Commission Unveils Map Suggestions

Next week lawmakers in Richmond will convene to redraw district boundaries in the Commonwealth. The governor's bipartisan commission is offering some recommendations to avoid gerrymandering.

Conviction Upheld In Rosenbaum Murder

The D.C. Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of one of two men charged in the death of New York Times journalist David Rosenbaum, who died after he was beaten during a robbery near his home in 2006.

Blasting Expected During Construction At Rosslyn Metro Station

Controlled explosions as part of the construction project to improve the Rosslyn Metro station in Virginia starts Thursday.