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Friday, April 13, 2012

Woodbridge Man Gets 144 Months For Terrorism Video

A man from Woodbridge, Va. has received a 144 month sentence after being found guilty of materially supporting the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a designated foreign terrorist organization, by creating online videos.

Maryland Passes Child Identity Lock Bill

Maryland lawmakers have passed a measure to protect the identities of children, which Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign.

Riders Participate In Metro Planning

Metro will be handing out 400,000 surveys to passengers in an effort to include them in operational decisions.

Pedestrian Struck By Freight Train In Gaithersburg

Rail lines near Gaithersburg, Maryland were tied up on Friday morning after Montgomery County Fire and Rescue responded to an unidentified pedestrian was struck by a CSX freight train.

Analysis: Maryland Fails To Pass Budget, Corey Stewart Running For Virginia Lt. Governor

Maryland's legislative session ended Monday, but lawmakers have yet to agree on a budget plan. Prince William Board of Supervisors' Chairman Corey Stewart is eyeing the Lieutenant Governor's seat.

Ex-Soldier, Accused Of Attempting To Aid Terrorists, Goes To Court

An ex-soldier accused of attempting to join a terrorist group heads to court in Maryland today.

Virginia Ranks Third In Economic Competitiveness

Virginia ranks high in a national ranking of states and their economic competitiveness.

Region Enforces Cleanup, Cracks Down On Litter Laws

Officials in the D.C. metro area are cracking down on litter and illegal dumping laws, and violators will pay a hefty fine.

Warm Temps Stir Chesapeake Bay Wildlife

Scientists say record warm temperatures have affected wildlife around the Chesapeake Bay.

D.C. Building Heights Rule Could Be Relaxed

D.C.'s strict height limits for buildings could be relaxed if some city and Congressional leaders get their way.

Alexandria Waterfront Plan On Hold After Board Rules For Opponents

Challengers to the Alexandria waterfront redevelopment plan won a hard-fought victory Thursday night when the city's Board of Zoning Appeals granted their challenge to the proposal. City leaders are planning an emergency response.

Absentee Ballots To Be Counted In At-Large Council Race

D.C. elections board officials will begin sorting through absentee ballots today in an attempt to determine whether Vincent Orange or Sekou Biddle is the winner of the Democratic primary in the at-large D.C. Council race.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

O'Malley Exercising Patience With Special Session

Appearing on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on Thursday, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley explained how he wants to be patient and build a consensus before calling a special session to hash out a budget.

Van Hollen Pushes To Tap Tax Havens

Maryland Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen says he wants to close corporate loopholes to help ease the burden on American taxpayers, but has so far met resistance by Republicans.

Fairfax Gang Members Plead Guilty In Prostitution Ring

Two of the five members arrested as part of a street gang based out of Fairfax County have pleaded guilty to their roles in running a prostitution ring which is said to have employed underage girls.