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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bay Crab Population Highest In Nearly Two Decades

Thanks in large part to a warm winter, the blue crab population in the Chesapeake Bay is at its highest level since 1993, according to survey results released in Maryland on Thursday.

Smithsonian Welcomes Space Shuttle Discovery

The Smithsonian celebrated the arrival of NASA's most traveled spacecraft, space shuttle Discovery, which took the place of the space shuttle Enterprise in the museum's hangar.

Virginia Assembly Eases Up On New Pension Rules

Local municipalities in Virginia will get somewhat of a reprieve from new pension rules for government workers; the General Assembly has accepted the governor's request to allow implemenation of those rules over five years. 

D.C. Settles Case For Lawyers' Fees In Handgun Case For $1.5M

The attorneys for the man that successfully sued to overturn the District's handgun ban will receive $1.5 million in compensation from the D.C. government.

D.C. Mayor Calls For Longer School Days, Closing Some Schools

D.C. is rolling out a five-year plan to revamp the city's school system as new calculations show a graduation rate that's just topping 50 percent thoughout the school system.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Going Into The Wild At A Local Nature Refuge

We take a nocturnal stroll through a nature reserve to hear the sounds made by wild critters after the sun goes down.

The Challenges Of Aging Out

Sam Queen has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around... and he worries what will happen when he "ages out" of the foster care system next year.

A Washingtonian Wraps Up Her 'Metro-Venture'

For the past two years, Em Hall has been on a quest to ride every bus line and stop at every train station in the Metro System.

This Week On Metro Connection: Going Places

We're "Going Places" this week - from treks through a local nature reserve to road trips across the country.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sparse Rain Makes For Thirsty D.C. Trees

With rain sparse in recent months, its important to keep track of water levels for trees in your area. One local nonprofit is offering the tools to do just that.

Virginia Budget Passes Without Silver Line Funding

Sen. Charles Colgan of Prince William County broke with Virginia Democrats today, lending his support to the $85 billion GOP budget plan, which conspicuously lacks $300 million in funding for the Silver Line.

Prince George's County Wants 'Transforming' Neighborhoods

Six areas in Prince George's County have been identified by County Executive Rushern Baker as warranting extra attention and resources as part of his Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative.

Jeffrey Thompson Donations Extend To Virgin Islands

The potential fundraising irregulaties stemming from political donor Jeffrey Thompson, whose offices were raided by federal authorities more than a month ago, now extend to the Congressional delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Virginia House Votes To Override Veto On Out-Of-State Registration Penalty

Virginia's GOP-controlled House of Delegates voted 64-31 Wednesday to override Governor Bob McDonnell's veto of a bill that would raise the license penalty for residents with out-of-state plates.

Maryland Property Taxes Unmoved, At Least For Now

Maryland has decided to keep the property tax rate where it is for now, but officials warn that debt service obligations will likely force the state's hand in the next several years.