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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Redistricting Commission Hears From N. Va. Residents

In Virginia, the governor's bipartisan redistricting commission is getting closer to issuing its final report before state lawmakers reconvene to begin the process in earnest.

Schools In Montgomery County Face Big Cuts

In Maryland, public schools in Montgomery County fared the worst in county executive Isiah Leggett's budget proposal for next year.

D.C. Police Show Off New Evidence Warehouse

The D.C. Police are touting their brand new evidence warehouse.

DMV Ticket Database Says DPW Vehicles Owe Nearly 30K In Fines

Vehicles registered to the city's Department of Public Works, the agency in charge of writing parking tickets, have racked up nearly $30,000 in outstanding parking fines and fees –- that's according to online records with the DMV.

Gray's Chief Of Staff Is Out

A hastily-called press conference Wednesday afternoon confirmed what had been swirling throughout the Wilson Building: Gerri Mason Hall, Mayor Vincent Gray's chief of staff, is out. Gray says he requested her resignation.

Former Executive Jack Johnson Maintains His Innocence

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson is facing charges that include eight counts of extortion, bribery and conspiracy. However, Johnson says the corruption charges are untrue.

D.C. Police Arrest Gang Members After Long-Term Investigation

The D.C. Police Department says it has arrested more than half a dozen gang members. They're being charged with some very violent crimes.

WTU President Outlines His Objections To Henderson Being Picked As Chancellor

More details are being released about the process by which Kaya Henderson was selected to be D.C.'s schools chancellor. A summary of the selection panel's discussions -- released by the mayor -- details objections from the Washington Teachers' Union.

Goya Gives 75,000 Pounds Of Food To Area Food Banks

A dozen food pantries across the region are getting a major gift Wednesday in the form of 75,000 pounds of food from Latino cuisine giant Goya Foods.

Educare School In D.C. To Focus On Infants, Toddlers

A new child care center planned for Ward 7 in the District has a mission to improve academic outcomes by enhancing education for the youngest students.

O'Malley Heads To Capitol Hill To Pitch For Funds

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley headed to Capitol Hill to present his federal funding wish list. Transportation funding topped the governor's list.

Washington Dulles Busy Processing Arrivals From Japan

Washington Metro area airports are processing arrivals from Japan as some people leave the island nation to escape the aftermath of Friday's earthquake.

Montgomery County Police Officer Indicted

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland says a Montgomery County police officer has been indicted with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and computer fraud.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art and science, art and less science, plus some crazed and slightly dazed comedy.

Royal Couple Choses D.C. Charity To Receive Wedding Gifts

Prince William and Kate Middleton have selected a Washington-based organization as one of the charities chosen to recieve donations in lieu of gifts to the royal couple.