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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Proliferation of Food Trucks May Prompt Change in Law

The proliferation of food trucks has some D.C. lawmakers considering changes to how these mobile vendors are regulated and taxed. Right now, food trucks are exempted from the city's sales tax.

Local Medicaid Money Pulled Early From D.C. Abortion Funding

A group in D.C. that helps women pay for abortion care discovered late Wednesday night that local Medicaid dollars could no longer be applied, effective immediately.

Author Reveals White House's Black History

Washington, D.C. is home to the most famous house in America: the White House. But for many African-Americans, this legendary building represents a rarely discussed history of exclusion and inequality.

Arlington Schools Help Hungry Students Beyond School Walls

An elementary school in Arlington County, Va., is partnering with a local food bank to help hungry students get the nutrition they need even when they head home for the weekend.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A craft show, an art festival, and other ways to shirk tax time.

Weekend Metro Service Cuts May Be Coming

Riding Metro on the weekends might soon become less convenient, as Metro is weighing service cuts to balance its budget.

Stink Bugs May Be Reunited With Old Nemesis

Stink Bugs were introduced from Asia to Allentown, Penn., in the '90s and have been spreading outward, including to the D.C. region. They're a nuisance in homes, but for farmers they're a dangerous pest that can destroy crops. The USDA is looking to control the insects by importing their natural predator: parasitic Asian wasp.

Considering Buying A Hybrid To Use HOV? Do It Before July 1

For almost a decade, a hybrid car was the key to an easy, breezy commute along Northern Virginia's I-66. That's because the energy-efficient vehicles got even single drivers access to the road's HOV lanes.

But a law implemented by the Virginia General Assembly this week cuts off that privilege for new hybrid drivers.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) A new trial date has been set for September for one of five men charged in a drive-by shooting case in 2008. A jury yesterday said it deadlocked on charges facing 17-year-old Antonio McAllister. The jury yesterday also acquitted 21-year-old brothers Joshua and Christian Benton and 25-year-old William McCorkle.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governor says recent growth in state revenue indicates that Virginia's economy is on the path to recovery. So far through fiscal year 2011, total revenues are up 4.9 percent, topping the forecast of four percent growth.

Latest Maryland News

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) A south Florida man has been charged in Maryland with raping a young girl more than 30 years ago, when he was a teenager. Montgomery County police say a woman told detectives in 2009 that Christopher Chamblin had raped her multiple times in the late 1970s, when she was about six or seven years old.

D.C. Firefighters Union Says Fire Trucks Too Old

The D.C. firefighters union says area stations don't have the working equipment they need to respond to fires.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: SESSION ROUNDTABLE: Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter.com, Kenny Burns of WNAV radio, John Wagner of The Washington Post and Lou Davis of Maryland Public Television discuss the 2011 General Assembly session, including the issues that dominated – among them, gay marriage, pension overhaul and the budget.

Montgomery County Businesses Laud Federal, State Budgets

Business leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland are saying "what a difference a week makes." The federal budget deal and last minute actions by the state legislature have created a much better scenario for local businesses than they did one week ago.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Police Search For Shooting Suspect In Virginia

Police in Fairfax County, Va., are now looking for a suspect who reportedly shot two people -- one fatally -- in a barber shop in the Belle View Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon.

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