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Friday, March 25, 2011

McDonnell To Deliver GOP Address, Health Care Law In Mind

Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, will deliver the weekly Republican address this weekend. The GOP says the selection of McDonnell was timed to the first anniversary of the nation's health care law.

Middle Schoolers To Play Lead Role In Manassas Anniversary

In Virginia, Manassas National Battlefield Park -- the site of the very first battle of the Civil War -- is preparing to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that battle in July.

Corcoran Hosts Symposium On Censorship

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington is hosting a symposium Saturday on censorship in the arts. Organizers say "Culture Wars: Then and Now" will focus the debate over freedom of expression and public support for the arts.

Virginia Toyota Dealerships Tested By Plant Shutdowns

With production of Japanese automobiles abroad stalled since the earthquake, and a recent announcement that Toyota plants in North America could face temporary shutdown, dealerships in and around the D.C. area are scrambling to adjust.

Arlington County Firefighters Honored For Their Service On 9/11

In Virginia, members of the Arlington County Police Department are being honored for their service on Sept. 11.

Census Figures Show D.C. On Brink Of Losing Its Black Majority

Newly released census data show D.C. is on the brink of losing its black majority for the first time in 60 years.

Power Breakfast: Senators Speak About Nuclear Energy

From Capitol News Connection:

Before they scattered to their respective corners for the week, Senators fielded questions about nuclear energy.

Restaurants Not Following Montgomery County Law

In Maryland, the law requiring fast food restaurants in Montgomery County to post menus with nutritional information is almost nine months old. But only around a half of restaurants have fully complied with the law.

Commentary By Beza Mesfin: Breaking A Cycle Of Violence

An estimated one in four women in the United States has experienced domestic violence, usually at the hands of a current or former partner. For decades, community leaders have tried to understand what keeps victims trapped in an abusive cycle, and when violence hit home, commentator Beza Mesfin also struggled with that question.

When The Cherry Trees Bloom, Local Businesses See A Boom

D.C.'s hotels and restaurants are eagerly awaiting the start of this year's Cherry Blossom Festival. Last year, more than 1 million people took part in the 16-day celebration, and organizers are hoping to top that figure this year.

Doctors Oppose Maryland Bill To Track Prescriptions

A prescription drug bill winding through the Maryland General Assembly is receiving push back from upset doctors.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A crafty invitation, an environmental festival, some serious dancing, and some fun pops.

FAA Changes Protocol After Air Traffic Controller Fell Asleep On Duty

Federal safety officials are taking steps to avoid a repeat of the incident on Wednesday morning when an air traffic controller fell asleep in the tower at Reagan National Airport, leaving two passenger planes to land without assistance.

This Week In Congress: The Economy, Cancer Research Funding And Congressional Approval For Libya Intervention

This week in Congress was a "district and state work period." So in Congress' absence, we contemplate the genesis of the next new word to capture the political and economic zeitgeist. The word is: "cautiomistic."

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the upcoming hearings on D.C. government hiring practices, a vetoed physical education bill in Virginia and wavering wind power support in Maryland.

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