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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jury Rules In Bribery Case Against Former Va. State Delegate

UPDATE: Former Virginia delegate Phillip Hamilton was convicted Wednesday of bribery and extortion.

DC Voting Activists To Rally Again At Capitol

Advocates for D.C. voting rights are planning another rally later today at the U.S. Capitol, protesting a federal budget agreement that affects the District. Protestors will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Upper Senate Park.

Child In Serious Condition After Falling In Water Near Maine Ave.

A number of bystanders at the Maine Avenue seafood market rushed to help a 2-year-old child and her mother after the child fell into the water there Tuesday evening.

DCPS Says It Will Work To Find Jobs For 'Excessed' Teachers

D.C. Public Schools officials say they are committed to helping the approximately 750 teachers and staff members who've been "excessed" find other jobs within the school system.

Md. 'DREAM Act' Opponents Seek Referendum

Opponents of the Maryland provision that grants in-state tuition rates at state colleges to undocumented students say that even though Governor Martin O'Malley has signed the bill into law, the matter has not been decided.

Langley Park Residents Seek More Mental Health Services

Residents of Langley Park, Md., are hoping that the coming year's budget will bring increased mental health services to the community.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DCPS Argues 'Excessed' Teachers Have Not Been Laid Off

D.C. Public School leaders say approximately 750 teachers and staff will not have their present positions at the end of this academic year. Initially, the District had put that number at 660. But DCPS says teachers may be able to find other jobs in the school system.

Montgomery Co. Employees, School Employees Will Both Take Benefits Cuts

Whatever the outcome of the union negotiations currently underway in Montgomery County, it's inevitable that there will be changes.

Undocumented Immigrants Get In-State Tuition In Md.

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed several bills into law Tuesday, including a controversial one that grants in-state tuition at Maryland colleges to undocumented students.

Virginia: How Much Info On State Employees Should Be Public?

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council is weighing whether the law should allow the public access to the names, positions and compensation of state employees.

Support Group For Parents With Multiples Reaches Out

The group Northern Virginia Parents of Multiples wants families in the D.C. metro area to know there are lots of resources for parents trying to juggle the exhaustion, emotional and financial stress that comes with twins, triplets and beyond.

Many Streams Suffer In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

There's less pollution draining into the Chesapeake Bay from rivers and streams in the watershed according to long term data, but the majority of streams remain in poor health.

Teachers' Union President: 'Excessing Is A Method Of Terminating Teachers'

D.C. Public Schools says the decison to tell hundreds of teachers they won't have a spot in their school during the next academic year was because of budget and enrollment issues. But the teachers' union thinks otherwise.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

There's Arena's "A Time to Kill", Hub's "Clockmaker", and Reston's visual art.

Maryland Sets Reliability Standards For Utility Companies

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed legislation into law that establishes relability standards for utility companies that operate in the state.

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