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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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The University of Virginia has identified the student who died after falling from the roof of the physics building at the Charlottesville school.

Daytime Robbery At National Mall Under Investigation

As hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to downtown Washington and the Tidal Basin for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, it appears some thieves could be waiting to strike.

Needle Exchange Could Lose Funding

A program in the District to fight HIV/AIDS by providing clean needles to drug users is at risk of losing its federal funding, and that has local activists taking the fight to Capitol Hill.

Power Breakfast: Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Cyber-crime Investigators

From Capitol News Connection:

Today, before she returns to Washington, South Florida, Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz is going to her own state capital to get involved in a way that's a bit unusual for any member of Congress.

Council Tackles Nepotism, Sulaimon Brown In Day 1 Of Gray Hiring Probe

The D.C. Council will hold a second day of testimony in its probe of the hiring practices of the Gray administration. Day One featured an unscheduled appearance by one of the key figures.

Gray Returns To 'One City' Theme In State Of The District Address

Amid an administration rocked by scandals and investigations, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray returned to his campaign theme of "One City" in his state of the District address.

Environment Group Wants Maryland Regulation On Fertilizers

In Maryland, fertilizer used for lawns is being blamed for pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Gender-Identification Bill Passes In House

In Maryland, a bill designed to protect residents against discrimination based on gender identity has been approved by the House. Advocates are now hoping for similar action in the state Senate.

Virginia Tech Gets Maximum Fine For 2007 Shooting

The Department of Education has leveled the maximum fine allowable on Virginia Tech for the 2007 shooting massacre that left 33 people, including the gunman, dead.

Governor McDonnell Kicks Off 'Virginia At Work' Tour

In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell is in the midst of a two-week tour around the state to promote job growth and economic development.

VCU Students Prepare For Final Four Game

Students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond are gearing up for the appearance of their men's basketball team in the Final Four Saturday.

Streets Near Suspicious Vehicle Reopen In D.C.

For more than a hour Tuesday federal law enforcement officials closed down several streets near the National Air and Space Museum in the District, as they investigated a suspicious vehicle. The scene has since been cleared and streets have been reopened.

Fairfax Supervisors Prepare For Budget Hearings

In Virginia, this week Fairfax County Supervisors will hold three public hearings on the proposed budget for the coming year.

Lawmaker Proposes Extending Smoking Ban In Montgomery County

Smoking is already banned in all workplaces, bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. Now, one county council member wants to expand the ban to public areas of apartment buildings and townhouse developments where smoking is currently allowed.

Maryland Senator Calls For National 'Blue Alert' System

Both Maryland and Virginia issue what's known as "Blue Alerts" after police officers are seriously injured or killed by suspects.

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