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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Construction Workers Demand Rights

Elected officials and a coalition of advocates from around the region are joining local construction workers to demand action against a company accused of ignoring the rights of workers.

Alcohol Tax Hike Yes, Gas Tax Hike No In Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly approved one tax hike, but shut down attempts to raise another.

Gray Says Plans For More Action Are Underway

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says more actions are being planned to bring attention to the city's lack of autonomy.

Police Search For Shooting Suspect In Virginia

Police in Fairfax County, Va., are now looking for a suspect who reportedly shot two people -- one fatally -- in a barber shop in the Belle View Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon.

Police Plan 'High Visibility' In Prince George's Metro Stations

Police plan to have a visible presence at 15 Metro station in Prince George's County, Md., during Wednesday's afternoon commute.

Sydney Harman, Newsweek Chairman And Harman/Kardon Founder, Dies

A man who's name was synonymous with high-end audio equipment has died. Syndey Harman died in Washington last night at the age of 92.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: More than 150 bills were signed into law yesterday including one to allow police to use wiretaps to investigate human trafficking and one to implement federal health care reform.

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Despite $23.5 million by lawmakers to fight Chesapeake Bay pollution, environmental advocates say there were disappointments. That included a failed bill to restrict natural gas drilling in western Maryland for a two-year study.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) The Smithsonian says the space shuttle Discovery will complete its collection of U.S. spacecraft. The shuttle eventually will be displayed at the National Air and Space Museum annex in Virginia.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) General Electric says about 200 jobs will be created over the next few years as it opens an information technology center in suburban Richmond. Officials say the jobs will focus on cyber security, as well as network design, architecture, data management, and application development.

D.C. Facebook Campaign Asks Congress: 'Are You My Rep?'

"Will you represent us?" It's a question that D.C. residents may have grown tired of asking of lawmakers. But a new calling campaign urges them to ask that very question to a random sampling Congress members from around the country.

Capitals Begin Stanley Cup Playoff Action

The Washington Capitals kick off the Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

Md. Official: Natural Gas 'Fracking' Should Be Reviewed

Maryland’s environment secretary is urging Congress to take a more active role in regulating the mining process known as hydraulic fracturing.

State and Local Governments Fight Expensive Dulles Rail Project

State and local officials in Virginia are fighting to block a pricey plan to build a new underground metro station at Dulles airport.

Power Breakfast: Congress Talks Cuts