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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ocean City Chosen To Host National Extreme Sports Tour

In Maryland, Ocean City has been chosen to host the first leg of the 2011 DEW Tour, a nationally televised extreme sports event.

Newly-Formed Coalition Of Asian-American Groups Raises Money For Japan

In Virginia, Asian-American groups from around the area have joined forces to help victims of the disaster in Japan.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the upcoming hearings on D.C. government hiring practices, a vetoed physical education bill in Virginia and wavering wind power support in Maryland.

Baltimore Company Gets Renewable Energy Contract With State Department

Baltimore-based Constellation Energy says it has signed a 20-year contract with the State Department to provide electricity from renewable energy sources.

Maryland News Roundup

The Maryland House passes a budget that would increase spending by about $1.4 billion.

Latest Maryland News

Prince George's County Council Member Leslie Johnson has been charged with destroying a $100,000 check from a developer after FBI agents showed up at her house last fall.

Latest D.C. News

Surveillance cameras are being installed outside Metro's 86 rail stations to thwart crime.

Latest Virginia News

Agencies disagree over whether widening a highway in Culpepper County would harm the historic battlefield area there.

African-American Church Leaders Form Response To HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Some of the most respected African-American church leaders in Maryland and the District are coming together to craft a unified response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Cherry Blossom Festival Gains New Meaning

The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off Saturday, and organizers are calling on the public to show solidarity with Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, and contribute to relief efforts overseas.

McDonnell To Deliver GOP Address, Health Care Law In Mind

Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, will deliver the weekly Republican address this weekend. The GOP says the selection of McDonnell was timed to the first anniversary of the nation's health care law.

Middle Schoolers To Play Lead Role In Manassas Anniversary

In Virginia, Manassas National Battlefield Park -- the site of the very first battle of the Civil War -- is preparing to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that battle in July.

Corcoran Hosts Symposium On Censorship

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington is hosting a symposium Saturday on censorship in the arts. Organizers say "Culture Wars: Then and Now" will focus the debate over freedom of expression and public support for the arts.

Virginia Toyota Dealerships Tested By Plant Shutdowns

With production of Japanese automobiles abroad stalled since the earthquake, and a recent announcement that Toyota plants in North America could face temporary shutdown, dealerships in and around the D.C. area are scrambling to adjust.

Arlington County Firefighters Honored For Their Service On 9/11

In Virginia, members of the Arlington County Police Department are being honored for their service on Sept. 11.

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