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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

D.C. Budget Forecast Gets Brighter

D.C.'s chief financial officer says "new" revenue estimates show the city pulled in about $100 million more this year than it had anticipated.

Md. Same-Sex Marriage Bill In Limbo

Maryland's same-sex marriage bill, which passed easily through the state's Senate last week, may now be in jeopardy in the House of Delegates.

Members Of Congress Support 'True Libyan Ambassador'

The ambassador to Libya, who left his post to speak out against Moammar Gadhafi, was given a hero's welcome at a peaceful protest in Washington, D.C.

Local Grocer Busts Bacteria

Researchers from the University of Arizona have found that 72 percent of supermarket carts contain harmful germs, including fecal bacteria and even E Coli. The investigators say the carts they tested had more germs than the supermarkets' restrooms.

Va. Higher Education Act Awaits Governor's Approval

Bipartisan legislation that is on its way to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's desk aims to revamp the way state colleges and universities deliver higher education.

Cat In The Hat On The Hot Seat

Not even "The Cat in the Hat" can avoid getting heat in Maryland's debate on pension reform and education funding.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Bold colors and brothers.

UDC President Under Scrutiny

Mayor Vincent Gray says he's asking the University of the District of Columbia's Board of Trustees to find out more about the expensive trips the school's president has reportedly been taking.

Metro Violence Prompts Heightened Volunteer Patrols

Look out for those red berets -- the Guardian Angels say they are stepping up patrols on Metro after a recent string of violent incidents.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Maryland GOP Expected To Propose Additional Cuts

Maryland House Republicans will be outlining plans to make deeper spending cuts in the state budget Tuesday afternoon.

Business Leaders Prepare For Federal Shutdown

Local business leaders are meeting at the Greater Washington Board of Trade to go over the potential impact of a federal government shutdown.