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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Enviro Group Calls On Federal Government For Anacostia Cleanup

A local nonprofit is calling for more federal involvement in the ongoing effort to clean up the Anacostia River.

Bag Tax Passes In Montgomery County

Montgomery County, Md., has followed the lead of the District and will impose a tax on disposable shopping bags.

Commentary By Jeanne Connelly: Don't Put Off A Visit To The Arboretum

This time of year a lot of people head outside to enjoy the weather and take in some of the spring blossoms. But Commentator Jeanne Connelly, of Friends of the National Arboretum, warns that one of those local dispalys is now in jeopardy.

Commercial Property Tax Hike Rejected By Alexandria City Council

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council have rejected a proposal that would have singled out commercial properties for a higher tax rate to help pay for transportation projects. Instead, council members decided to raise taxes on everybody.

College Campuses Could Change Work-Life Culture

There's no question jobs that offer work-flex policies are in demand these days -- jobs that can offer employees options to work at home and skip the long commute. But some say those opportunities are often reserved for elite white-collar professionals. One local university is leading the charge to make a change in the work-life culture.

Pressure Mounts On O'Malley To Veto Waste-To-Energy Bill

In Maryland, a growing coalition is urging Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that enhances incentives for facilities that create energy by incinerating trash.

Once Segregated Va. School To Become Civil Rights Center

A new center for the study of civil rights in education will open this summer in Prince Edward County, Va. What was once an all-black high school will soon house The Robert Russa Moton Museum.

Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Honored At Blue Mass

The area's law enforcement community is remembering those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Tuesday, officers from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies gathered at a church in downtown D.C. for the annual Blue Mass.

Preakness: There's an App for That

Maryland horse racing fans can now turn to a special smart phone app for the latest Preakness updates and other racing news.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com BIN LADEN DEAD UPBEAT BUT CAUTIOUS: Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation praised the U.S. raid in Pakistan that led to the death of Osama bin Laden yesterday, reports the Sun’s John Fritze, but many also tempered their optimism by cautioning that the war on terror will continue.

Added Security Just A 'Precautionary' Measure, Says Metro

Metro is increasing security on its buses and trains to prepare for any potential reprisals from Sunday's killing of Osama bin Laden.

Alexandria May Impose Additional Taxes On Commercial Properties

Commercial property owners in Alexandria could pay higher taxes in the coming year, if the city government decides to implement a transportation fund tax for commercial land.

Osama Bin Laden's Death Brings Concerns Over Security

WMATA has beefed up security at Metro stations Monday in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden. Passengers will likely notice more uniformed, armed officers throughout the system, according to Metro officials.

Fairfax School Board To Discuss Teacher Pay Raises Today

Today in Fairfax County, a school board work session could give teachers and staff an sense of whether a pay raise is truly on the way.

Fumes Force 911 Call Center Evacuation in Alexandria

In Virginia, Alexandria's 911 call center is expected to re-open today after fumes in the public safety building prompted an evacuation.

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