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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Redistricting Competition Maps Do 'Something That's Much Different'

While localities across the country redraw district lines after the latest census, 13 colleges in Virginia have been making their own attempts at redistricting in the Commonwealth.

Governors Debate Role Of Money In Education Reforms

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) are disagreeing over the role of money in education reform.

R. Dwayne Betts: Expanding Boundaries In Prison

Today we begin a new WAMU series on lifelong learning. Each Wednesday we'll have a personal story about a powerful learning experience -- some in and some out of the classroom. Our first story comes from R. Dwayne Betts, a writer and poet, who grew up in Suitland, Md., and tells us that powerful learning can happen in the most unexpected places.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Just another day of exceptional dance, theater and art in the Washington area.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cost Concerns May Delay Maryland Wind Legislation

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to make state utilities buy offshore wind energy may have to wait a year. The chairman of the state's Senate Finance Commitee says concerns about costs have prompted talk of delay.

D.C. Attorney General To Sue Online Travel Companies

The District is suing four of the largest online travel companies, claiming the vendors aren't paying their fair share of hotel occupancy taxes.

Latest D.C. News

An overheated kiln in a ceramics studio at the Corcoran Gallery has not damaged any artwork and the museum will reopen tomorrow.

Jim Webb Plays Future Card Close To Vest

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) says he's not leaving the political arena when he retires after one term in the U.S. Senate next year.

Latest Maryland News

Authorities are investigating whether the shooting death Monday in Olney is linked to a previous killing.

Latest Virginia News

Man suspected of being the East Coast Rapist has pleaded not guilty.

Spring Runoff Brings Problems To The Chesapeake Bay

Heavy rains and melting snow are setting the stage for problems in the Chesapeake Bay this year.

Dogs Rescued From Hoarding House In Anne Arundel County

People are rushing to adopt 51 dogs rescued from a home in Anne Arundel County. Less than 24 hours after the county executive urged the public to help, an Animal Control official says they have more people wanting to adopt than they have dogs in the facility.

Maryland Proposes Alcohol Sales Tax

Maryland senators are debating whether to add a sales tax for beer, wine and liquor, similar to the one D.C. levies.

Kicking Bottled Water At World Water Day

As part of World Water Day, small business owners and environmentalists are calling on Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to cut state spending on bottled water.

Power Breakfast: Schools Against Tuition Hikes

This morning if you happen to find yourself on Independence Avenue heading west -- in the vicinity of the Department of Education -- you might run into a bit of a crowd.

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