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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Washington Dulles Busy Processing Arrivals From Japan

Washington Metro area airports are processing arrivals from Japan as some people leave the island nation to escape the aftermath of Friday's earthquake.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art and science, art and less science, plus some crazed and slightly dazed comedy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Richmond Students Say Kaine Confirmed Senate Run

Former Virginia governor and current Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine hasn't made an official announcement about a run for U.S. Senate, but students at the University of Richmond are say they have the inside scoop on his intentions.

Montgomery County Executive Unveils Budget Plan

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's budget for the next fiscal year includes $300 million in spending cuts. Only one county department didn't see its budget cut: police.

D.C. Police Display New Evidence Warehouse

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is showing off the department's brand new multimillion-dollar evidence warehouse -– it has separate rooms for guns, valuables, drugs and refrigerators for DNA.

Family Members Wait At Airport For Loved Ones From Japan

In the wake of last week's earthquake in Japan, airports in the Washington metro area are seeing people who've traveled here from the island nation. Many of them are arriving at Dulles International Airport.

Maryland News Roundup

In-state tuition for illegal students, pension protest, Senate seat campaign spending and the Montgomery County budget.

Latest D.C. News

Military training flights are planned in the Washington area for Thursday and a man who falsely claimed to be a member of Congress from Georgia won't face charges.

Latest Maryland News

Opponents of the death penalty say they are gaining legislative support for repeal, and the Public Service Commission says a plan to make utilities buy offshore wind energy will not cost ratepayers as much as some had feared.

Latest Virginia News

The last American veteran of World War I is lying in honor at Arlington National Cemetery, and a police department academy in Norfolk is revising training policies after a recruit collapsed during training and died.

Frederick County Nixes Cancer Cluster Claims

The Frederick County Department of Public health says its ongoing investigation into cancer rates near Fort Detrick, Md., still doesn't show a cancer cluster, but residents are quick to point out the limits of the investigation.

Tree Work Scam Targets Vienna Elderly Residents

Vienna Police want to know if you've been a victim of an alleged scam involving two men soliciting tree work to cheat residents out of money.

Former Pr. George's County Executive Jack Johnson Pleads Not Guilty

UPDATE: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, dressed in a suit and accompanied by his attorney, pled not guilty to a series of charges in federal court Tuesday.

Local Task Force In Japan

A local Virginia task force, made up of volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel, is in Japan helping to locate survivors and aid the people there.