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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Maryland Delegation Urged To Fight Cuts, Get Money For Roads

Money for mass transit projects like the Purple Line in suburban D.C. topped Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's wish list when he traveled to Capitol Hill.

D.C. Tries To Find Solutions For 20 Percent Truancy Rate

D.C. leaders say students skipping school is a major challenge for education and public safety and they're looking for ways to address the problem.

One-Quarter Of Those Arrested On Metro Are Younger Than 20

Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn says there's been a spike in crime committed by youth on Metrorail and Metrobuses; last year they made up a little more than 500 of the approximately 2,000 arrests.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Plenty of St. Patrick to help you go green.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gray's Chief Of Staff Is Out

A hastily-called press conference Wednesday afternoon confirmed what had been swirling throughout the Wilson Building: Gerri Mason Hall, Mayor Vincent Gray's chief of staff, is out. Gray says he requested her resignation.

D.C. Police Arrest Gang Members After Long-Term Investigation

The D.C. Police Department says it has arrested more than half a dozen gang members. They're being charged with some very violent crimes.

Goya Gives 75,000 Pounds Of Food To Area Food Banks

A dozen food pantries across the region are getting a major gift Wednesday in the form of 75,000 pounds of food from Latino cuisine giant Goya Foods.

O'Malley Heads To Capitol Hill To Pitch For Funds

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley headed to Capitol Hill to present his federal funding wish list. Transportation funding topped the governor's list.

Montgomery County Police Officer Indicted

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland says a Montgomery County police officer has been indicted with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and computer fraud.

Royal Couple Choses D.C. Charity To Receive Wedding Gifts

Prince William and Kate Middleton have selected a Washington-based organization as one of the charities chosen to recieve donations in lieu of gifts to the royal couple.

Maryland News Roundup

House leaders want to reverse education budget cuts proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, and state lawmakers question Maryland Jockey Club's appeal for subsidies.

Latest D.C. News

Military training flights are scheduled for Thursday morning between midnight and 3 a.m. in the Washington region.

Latest Maryland News

Maryland State Police will conduct saturation patrols for St. Patrick's Day, and a study found that Maryland state parks contribute more that $650 million a year to the state's economy.

Latest Virginia News

A Marine Corps detachment that's been assigned to Redstone Arsenal since 1972 is about to leave for a new home, and a Virginia-based humanitarian aid organization has sent a team to Japan.

Police Review Forensic Evidence In Bethesda Murder Case

UPDATE: Montgomery County Police have arrested Brittany Norwood in connection with the murder of her co-worker, Jayna Murray, at Lululemon Athletica in downtown Bethesda on March 11.

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