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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Latest Virginia News

Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach is expanding its attractions.

PETA Asks To Sponsor Virginia Rest Stop

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to "adopt" and rename an interstate rest stop in Virginia.

Opening Day For Washington Nationals

Baseball is back. Thursday's opening day for the Washington Nationals -- they'll face the Atlanta Braves in a sold-out game at 1 p.m.

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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Latest Maryland News

The state Senate has approved raising the Maryland alcohol tax by three percentage points over three years to nine percent.

The Bottom Line: Who Are 'Google's Worker Bees'?

Google sends your emails, gives you driving directions and answers just about every question you might have. But earlier this month a court decision regarding its books project showed that Google is not perfect. A Virginia professor with a new book about the company says we should always keep that in mind.

Latest D.C. News

Major traffic tie-ups can be expected next month as New York Avenue drops from six lanes to four.

Latest Virginia News

Kentucky Utilities' residential customers in Virginia will see higher electricity bills starting Friday.

Jenna Fournel: A 'Brave Experiment' Creates An Artistic Breakthrough

Commentator Jenna Fournel, from the D.C.-based Center for Inspired Teaching, reflects on how a teacher in a high school summer program turned her into an artist.

Politics And Prose Finds New Owners

Politics and Prose, the bookstore and D.C. institution for 27 years, is changing hands. The store announced this week that two former Washington Post journalists -- Bradley Graham and his wife Lissa Muscatine -- are the soon-to-be owners.

Health Rankings Released For D.C., Maryland And Virginia

When comparing D.C. to the rest of the country in terms of overall health, a new study says residents of the nation's capital are more likely to die earlier and less likely to graduate from high school.

High School Student Brings Loaded Gun To Maryland School

A 15-year-old Tuscarora High School student is behind bars and faces criminal charges for bringing a fully loaded .22 caliber revolver to school. He made his first court appearance Wednesday.

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