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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pr. George's Police Officer Reaches Plea Agreement

A former Prince George's County police officer accused of trafficking black market alcohol and cigarettes has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Dulles Airport Metro Station Prompts Political Maneuvering

Some serious political maneuvering is taking place in Northern Virginia over the location of a Metro station at Dulles International Airport.

Data On Middle School Achievement Gap Provides Mixed Picture

New data shows that the achievement gap between middle school students in Maryland and Virginia who score proficient on national tests is decreasing, while the gap between students scoring advanced is getting wider.

Metro Prepares For Possible Government Shutdown

As the possibility of a federal government shutdown looms, Metro says it is preparing to make adjustments in the case of a substantial drop in ridership.

Library Of Congress Adds More Songs To National Registry

The Library Of Congress is adding to the National Recordings Registry, which saves songs and other materials deemed to have "cultural significance."

Latest Maryland News

Lawmakers are concerned that the governor's plan to have state utilities buy wind energy would cost ratepayers too much money.

Latest D.C. News

A leading hospice care provider in the Washington region says end-of-life care is severely underutilized by black people in the district compared with people of other races.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: House OKs $925 million in new borrowing for capital budget; state to study university merger, leaving House to consider alcohol tax; McIntosh orchestrates tit-for-tat House maneuver against Senate; pension cuts worry state workers; in-state tuition for illegals likely to pass; wind farm proposal gains important ally; and UM system faces $4 million cut.

Latest Virginia News

Two University of Virginia football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery stemming from an altercation at a party in Harrisonburg.

Airports Authority Backs Pricier Dulles Metrorail Plan

The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority has decided to build a new Metro station at Dulles International Airport underground, rather than the less expensive above-ground options, WAMU's David Schultz is reporting. The decision will add $300 million to the total cost of Metro's Silver line construction project.

Government Shutdown Looms

A government shutdown could be on the way if lawmakers can't reach a deal on long overdue legislation to finance the government by Friday.

Power Breakfast: House Science Committee Reviews Airport Security Program

From Capitol News Connection: The airport security tool in question doesn't undress you with its electronic eyes or pat you down with a gloved hand. The program known as SPOT, which stands for Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, relies on behavior detection.

Maryland School Workers Rally To Oppose Budget Cuts

On Tuesday evening, in Montgomery County, Md., hundreds of teachers, school administrators and parents rallied outside the County Council building in advance of a public hearing on the county's budget.

Kaine Announces Senate Run With Web Video

In Virginia, former governor and current Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine has announced a run for U.S. Senate.

Clifton Group Moving Forward With Charter School Application

The historic town of Clifton, in Fairfax County, Va., is preparing for the last few months of the town's elementary school.

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