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Friday, March 25, 2011

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the upcoming hearings on D.C. government hiring practices, a vetoed physical education bill in Virginia and wavering wind power support in Maryland.

Commentary By Beza Mesfin: Breaking A Cycle Of Violence

An estimated one in four women in the United States has experienced domestic violence, usually at the hands of a current or former partner. For decades, community leaders have tried to understand what keeps victims trapped in an abusive cycle, and when violence hit home, commentator Beza Mesfin also struggled with that question.

Baltimore Company Gets Renewable Energy Contract With State Department

Baltimore-based Constellation Energy says it has signed a 20-year contract with the State Department to provide electricity from renewable energy sources.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Between The Lines: Improving D.C.'s Literacy Rate

More than one-third of District residents lack basic literacy skills, according to a recently published report from D.C. Learns, a coalition focused improving D.C.'s literacy rate. That puts D.C. illiteracy rate about 20 percent higher than the national average.

Air Traffic Controller Fell Asleep While On Duty

UPDATE: The nation's top aviation official says he's suspended a control tower supervisor while investigating why no controller was available to aid two planes that landed at Washington's Reagan airport earlier this week, according to The Associated Press.

Power Breakfast: States Are Cautiomistic About Budgets

From Capitol News Connection:

With budgets everywhere in a vise, states are calculating, recalculating, and bracing for what comes next.

O'Malley Disputes Report On Debt In Maryland

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is defending his administration's actions regarding the state's rising debt.

Wind Power Bill In Maryland Sees Changes

In Maryland, supporters of wind power are offering changes to a bill in the general assembly designed to bring such energy to the state.

Chipotle At Odds with Immigration Activists

Immigration and worker activists are targeting area Chipotle stores after the restaurant chain abruptly fired 40 workers suspected of being undocumented.

After Crackdown, ICE Still Has Critics On Both Sides

In Virginia, tensions between Prince William County leaders and the federal immigration enforcement arm, ICE, have eased at least a little in the wake of more than 100 arrests by ICE agents in Northern Virginia this week.

McDonnell Vetoes Physical Education Legislation

Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, is vetoing a bill to require 150 minutes of physical education per week for students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Virginia Outlawed Synthetic Marijuana

Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed two bills that make possession of synthetic marijuana a misdemeanor. But distribution would be a felony and manufacturing the drug would be punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Maryland Reviews Case Of Olney Murder Suspect

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reviewing the case of a man from Olney with a history of mental illness who was arrested Wednesday for shooting two people to death.

MetroAccess Contract Extension Tabled After Lobbying Reports

Metro is delaying the extension of a nearly $500 million contract after reports that the contractor may have hired one of Metro's former top executives to lobby on its behalf.

Arlington Receives Pentagon Stone Recovered On 9/11

In Virginia, the Arlington County Fire Department is receiving an 800-pound stone that was recovered from the Pentagon on 9/11.

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