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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Health Care Exchange Bill Advances In Maryland

Unlike legislatures in other states, the Maryland General Assembly is moving quickly to set up the health care exchange that's required under the nations new health care law.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Newly-Formed Coalition Of Asian-American Groups Raises Money For Japan

In Virginia, Asian-American groups from around the area have joined forces to help victims of the disaster in Japan.

Michelle Obama Named Commencement Speaker At Virginia High School

A small high school on the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va., is landing a big name commencement speaker: The school is expecting a visit from first lady Michelle Obama.

Ocean City Chosen To Host National Extreme Sports Tour

In Maryland, Ocean City has been chosen to host the first leg of the 2011 DEW Tour, a nationally televised extreme sports event.

Friday, March 25, 2011

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.

Cherry Blossom Festival Gains New Meaning

The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off Saturday, and organizers are calling on the public to show solidarity with Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, and contribute to relief efforts overseas.

Doctors Oppose Maryland Bill To Track Prescriptions

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Baltimore Company Gets Renewable Energy Contract With State Department

Baltimore-based Constellation Energy says it has signed a 20-year contract with the State Department to provide electricity from renewable energy sources.

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