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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Maryland Dream Act Passes In State Senate

The Maryland Senate has approved a controversial bill that would level the playing field for undocumented high school students when it comes to paying for their college education. The 28-19 vote on the Maryland Dream Act was mostly along party lines.

Maryland News Roundup

In-state tuition for illegal students, pension protest, Senate seat campaign spending and the Montgomery County budget.

Alexandria Superintendent Weighs In On No Child Left Behind

This week, President Obama made his way to a public school in Arlington County to make the case for revamping the No Child Left Behind education law. But it's in the neighboring city of Alexandria where you can find the Northern Virginia school district that's been placed under the most pressure by No Child Left Behind.

Latest D.C. News

Military training flights are planned in the Washington area for Thursday and a man who falsely claimed to be a member of Congress from Georgia won't face charges.

Fenty Exonerated In Report On Contracting Scandal

In the District, a long-awaited report on a contracting scandal during the Fenty administration clears the former mayor of any wrongdoing.

Latest Maryland News

Opponents of the death penalty say they are gaining legislative support for repeal, and the Public Service Commission says a plan to make utilities buy offshore wind energy will not cost ratepayers as much as some had feared.

Pr. George's County Proposes Budget For Fiscal Year 2012

In Maryland, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is proposing a $2.6 billion budget for fiscal year 2012.

Latest Virginia News

The last American veteran of World War I is lying in honor at Arlington National Cemetery, and a police department academy in Norfolk is revising training policies after a recruit collapsed during training and died.

Attack In Bethesda Heightens Security Concerns

UPDATE: Montgomery County Police have arrested 27-year-old Brittany Norwood in connection with the murder and assault at the Lulumon Athletica Yoga store in Bethesda on March 11.

Frederick County Nixes Cancer Cluster Claims

The Frederick County Department of Public health says its ongoing investigation into cancer rates near Fort Detrick, Md., still doesn't show a cancer cluster, but residents are quick to point out the limits of the investigation.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Switching it up at Studio Theatre and the National Portrait Gallery.

Tree Work Scam Targets Vienna Elderly Residents

Vienna Police want to know if you've been a victim of an alleged scam involving two men soliciting tree work to cheat residents out of money.

'Moving The Chains': The History Of The ACC's First African-American Player

A new play coming to the Lincoln Theatre next week tells the story of the first African-American football player at the University of Maryland -- and in the entire Atlantic Coast Conference. Darryl Hill speaks with WAMU's Rebecca Sheir about his historic career.

Former Pr. George's County Executive Jack Johnson Pleads Not Guilty

UPDATE: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, dressed in a suit and accompanied by his attorney, pled not guilty to a series of charges in federal court Tuesday.

Commentary By John DeGioia: Don't Cut Federal Student Aid

As members of Congress continue to negotiate a budget compromise, lawmakers are considering a wide range of potential cuts. But Georgetown University President John DeGioia is urging Congress not to cut federal funding for student financial aid.