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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bribery Trial For Former Va. Delegate Phil Hamilton Begins

The federal bribery and extortion trial of former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton is underway.

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.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks has been killed in an operation led by the United States. The president made the announcement late Sunday that the United States led the operation and took custody of bin Laden's remains.

Latest Virginia News

GLADE SPRING, Va. (AP) The number of confirmed tornadoes from Virginia's recent outbreak is growing. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says the National Weather Service has confirmed 15 tornadoes in the recent outbreak. Washington and Halifax counties were hit hardest by the storms.

Latest Maryland News

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) Montgomery County police say a man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself. Police say the 54-year-old woman pretended to be dead after she was shot in the arm at an apartment in Gaithersburg. Police then say the man fatally shot himself. She is expected to survive.

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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