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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mayor Gray Releases Green Plan For D.C.

The District of Columbia has an an ambitious long-term agenda to make the city "the greenest, healthiest and most livable city in the nation."

Prince George's County To Make School Days Longer

School officials in Prince George's County have approved a plan that would lengthen the school day for county middle school students, improving academic achievement and cutting down on busing costs.

Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims 5 In Oxon Hill

According to Prince George's County Fire officials, five residents of Oxon Hill died early Tuesday in a suspected case of acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

Barry's Latest Gaffe Targets Nurses From Other Countries

D.C. Council member Marion Barry made more disparaging comments about Asians Monday, this time about health and education workers.

Opponents Of Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Law Ready Petition

Opponents of Maryland's newly enacted same-sex marriage law are using online petitioning to get the measure up for a public referendum in November.

D.C.'s Savoy School Picked For President's Arts Program

Students at one D.C. elementary school will get intensive arts education as part of a highly selective program from the President's  Committe on the Arts and Humanities.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Maryland Residents Rally For Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

Supporters of a referendum on Maryland's controversial same-sex marriage law rallied in Hagerstown on Monday, hoping to collect the 56,000 signatures needed to get the issue on a November ballot.

Ambulance Fees Considered Again In Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Council is once again considering imposing fees for the use of ambulances in the county, despite the fact that voters shot down the idea in a referendum more than a year ago.

Gov. McDonnell Still Undecided On Voter ID Bills

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has not yet made a decision on two Voter ID bills passed by the state Senate, despite calls from some groups for him to veto them both.

More Traffic Cameras Slated For Montgomery County

Traffic cameras — of both the speed and red light variety — will become more prolific in Montgomery County after netting the government over $10 million last year in infractions.

Metro Bus Driver Contracts Viral Meningitis

Frequent Metro bus riders in Northwest D.C. may want to pay special attention to their health this week, after WMATA reported that a bus operator suffered from viral meningitis when driving a bus on Friday morning.

Head Of Coast Guard Treated For Prostate Cancer

The head of the Coast Guard is undergoing surgery for prostate cancer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Washington And Lee Reforming The Law School Experience

For such an expensive undertaking, traditional law schools offer students little in the way of practical education. It's something that Washington & Lee University is looking to change.

VRE Board Approves Rate Increase

The 16,000 riders that take the VRE to work every day may find their wallets slightly light this summer, as the board has approved a 3 percent fare increase.

Analysis: U.S. Senate Faces Postal Service Overhaul Bill

CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing editor David Hawkings provides an analysis on the U.S. Postal Service overhaul bill that Congress is scheduled to take up this week. If lawmakers fail to make a decision on the bill, the Postal Service could run out of money by mid-May.