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Monday, April 11, 2011

Ashburn Man Pleads Guilty In Al-Qaida Bomb Plot

A man from Northern Virginia has pleaded guilty to joining what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb the Washington region's Metrorail system.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington National Cathedral is hosting an interfaith prayer service for the people of Japan to mark one month since that country was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki is expected to attend the service Monday evening. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal judge says the government can use as evidence emails between a former Virginia legislator facing prosecution on bribery and extortion charges and his spouse. Phillip A. Hamilton, former vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is scheduled to go on trial May 2 in Richmond.

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A 50 percent hike to Maryland's sales tax on alcohol has been approved by the House of Delegates. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration on the final day of the General Assembly session. It would increase the alcohol tax from 6 percent to 9 percent and is expected to raise about $85 million a year.

Call In To Have Your Question Answered By Gov. O'Malley

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Gov. Martin O'Malley is planning to answer questions from the public on Maryland Public Television shortly before the close of the 2011 legislative session.

Male Intruder In Georgetown University Dorm

Public safety officials at Georgetown University are warning students to be cautious after reports of a male intruder in one of the dorms.

Woman Struck By Metro Train

A woman is suffering serious, but non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a Metro train at the Bethesda station Monday morning.

Maryland Gov. Hopes For Wind Energy In Future Legislative Session

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he knew that the wind energy bill he introduced in February would be a high hurdle to clear in the state legislature. The bill stalled in the State Senate last week just before the end of the session, but O'Malley hopes it'll have a chance in a future legislative session.

O'Malley reflected on the 2011 legislative session during WAMU's Morning Edition. The final day of the session is today, April 11.

Year-long Constitution Ave. Construction Begins

Road crews are preparing to begin a major construction project that will rehabilitate Constitution Avenue. The road work will mean lane closures and traffic delays for drivers for the next year.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: A major tax increase on alcohol, a plan to invest public money in start-ups to spur job growth and a measure to give undocumented immigrants tuition breaks at state colleges are among several issues left for lawmakers to decide today, on the last day of Maryland's legislative session, reports Aaron Davis and John Wagner for the Post.

D.C. Mayor Decries Congressional Budget Deal

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray says he thinks Democrats shouldn't have compromised on the issues affecting the District in Friday's last-minute Congressional budget deal, even if it would have meant a shutdown. But he quickly clarified on WAMU's Morning Edition that D.C. "shouldn’t have been the compromise."

"The issue is, it was not necessary to include the District in this in the first place," Gray said in an interview.

D.C. Leaders Angry At Democrats For Budget Riders

For years, leaders in the District have complained about Republicans in Congress meddling in local affairs. But following that last-minute budget deal to avert a government shutdown — which contained two riders targeting DC — city leaders are now directing their anger at Democrats.

D.C. Abortion Providers Balk At Congressional Budget Rider

To avoid a shutdown of the federal government, lawmakers reached a compromise that reinstates a ban on the District government using its own funds to pay for abortions. Local abortion providers are up in arms over the decision.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

April 11, 2011 – A peacock room, a ballroom, and Russia’s finest.

Consider This, With Fred Fiske

This week, Fred Fiske considers Japan's future after last month's earthquake and multiple tsunamis.