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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Maryland Dream Act Passes In State Senate

The Maryland Senate has approved a controversial bill that would level the playing field for undocumented high school students when it comes to paying for their college education. The 28-19 vote on the Maryland Dream Act was mostly along party lines.

Alexandria Superintendent Weighs In On No Child Left Behind

This week, President Obama made his way to a public school in Arlington County to make the case for revamping the No Child Left Behind education law. But it's in the neighboring city of Alexandria where you can find the Northern Virginia school district that's been placed under the most pressure by No Child Left Behind.

Fenty Exonerated In Report On Contracting Scandal

In the District, a long-awaited report on a contracting scandal during the Fenty administration clears the former mayor of any wrongdoing.

Pr. George's County Proposes Budget For Fiscal Year 2012

In Maryland, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is proposing a $2.6 billion budget for fiscal year 2012.

Attack In Bethesda Heightens Security Concerns

UPDATE: Montgomery County Police have arrested 27-year-old Brittany Norwood in connection with the murder and assault at the Lulumon Athletica Yoga store in Bethesda on March 11.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Switching it up at Studio Theatre and the National Portrait Gallery.

'Moving The Chains': The History Of The ACC's First African-American Player

A new play coming to the Lincoln Theatre next week tells the story of the first African-American football player at the University of Maryland -- and in the entire Atlantic Coast Conference. Darryl Hill speaks with WAMU's Rebecca Sheir about his historic career.

Commentary By John DeGioia: Don't Cut Federal Student Aid

As members of Congress continue to negotiate a budget compromise, lawmakers are considering a wide range of potential cuts. But Georgetown University President John DeGioia is urging Congress not to cut federal funding for student financial aid.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Maryland State Workers Rally Over Health Care, Pensions

Thousands of state workers are marching on the Maryland State House for a rally they're calling "Enough is Enough: Keep the Promise." They're protesting plans that include raising their health care costs by 10 percent and making them wait longer before they can qualify for retirement benefits.

Bill For Federal Subway Standards Sponsored By Local Senators

Some lawmakers from Maryland and Virginia are introducing a bill in Congress to establish federal standards for subway systems, including D.C.'s Metro. This isn't the first time such a bill has been considered.

Festival Organizers Request Support For Relief Efforts In Japan

Organizers of Washington's National Cherry Blossom Festival are urging people to donate to the American Red Cross for earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

Virginia Education Leaders Weigh In On No Child Left Behind

President Barack Obama is urging members of Congress to get to work on rewriting the No Child Left Behind law, and some education leaders in Northern Virginia say they're biggest fear is that lawmakers won't go far enough in changing the legislation.

Report On Parks And Recreation Scandal Clears Fenty

A yearlong investigation into a contracting scandal in the District -- involving the administration of former Mayor Adrian Fenty -- has found no wrongdoing.

Maryland News Roundup

The gay marriage fight continues, state workers rally over pension reform and lawmakers propose a snack tax.

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