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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Budget Deal Allows D.C. To Offer Internet Gambling

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling. The city is moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas.

Civil Rights Groups: Banks Discriminate Against Pr. George's Residents

Prince George's County, Md., has seen more foreclosures than any other parts of the D.C. region, and some civil rights groups are accusing banks of discriminating against county residents, who are predominately African-American.

Fresh From Jail, Gray Blasts D.C. Riders

Less than 24 hours after his release from a U.S. Capitol Police station, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray continues to fire back at congressional Republicans, Democrats, and the White House over the budget deal that imposes new restrictions on D.C.

Commentary By Michael Jacobson: Solving Communities' Food Problems

Here in the D.C. area, people can sample many different types of food; we have restaurants representing nearly every region of the globe, farmers markets, food trucks and community gardens. But some areas of the District are considered food deserts with limited access to healthy, nutritious food. Commentator Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), says it's time to change that.

Md. Officials Argue For Fracking Regulation At Hill Hearing

Congress is taking a closer look at the issue of hydraulic fracturing and Maryland's cautious approach to it.

O'Malley Signs First Batch Of Bills From General Assembly

Among the bills Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed just hours after the legislature adjourned for the year were measures that build the framework for the state to implement the federal health-care reform act.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington's sewer authority has produced a new cartoon to explain the largest construction project in its history. The four-minute cartoon titled "A Drop's Life" features two raindrops making their way through the city's sewer system and into new tunnels planned to prevent sewage overflows.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A man who served seven years in prison for a 1979 rape has been declared innocent because of DNA testing. The Virginia Supreme Court granted a writ of actual innocence to Calvin Wayne Cunningham today.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Woman Struck By Metro Train

A woman is suffering serious, but non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a Metro train at the Bethesda station Monday morning.

Maryland Gov. Hopes For Wind Energy In Future Legislative Session

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he knew that the wind energy bill he introduced in February would be a high hurdle to clear in the state legislature. The bill stalled in the State Senate last week just before the end of the session, but O'Malley hopes it'll have a chance in a future legislative session.

O'Malley reflected on the 2011 legislative session during WAMU's Morning Edition. The final day of the session is today, April 11.

Year-long Constitution Ave. Construction Begins

Road crews are preparing to begin a major construction project that will rehabilitate Constitution Avenue. The road work will mean lane closures and traffic delays for drivers for the next year.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: A major tax increase on alcohol, a plan to invest public money in start-ups to spur job growth and a measure to give undocumented immigrants tuition breaks at state colleges are among several issues left for lawmakers to decide today, on the last day of Maryland's legislative session, reports Aaron Davis and John Wagner for the Post.

D.C. Mayor Decries Congressional Budget Deal

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray says he thinks Democrats shouldn't have compromised on the issues affecting the District in Friday's last-minute Congressional budget deal, even if it would have meant a shutdown. But he quickly clarified on WAMU's Morning Edition that D.C. "shouldn’t have been the compromise."

"The issue is, it was not necessary to include the District in this in the first place," Gray said in an interview.

D.C. Leaders Angry At Democrats For Budget Riders

For years, leaders in the District have complained about Republicans in Congress meddling in local affairs. But following that last-minute budget deal to avert a government shutdown — which contained two riders targeting DC — city leaders are now directing their anger at Democrats.

D.C. Abortion Providers Balk At Congressional Budget Rider

To avoid a shutdown of the federal government, lawmakers reached a compromise that reinstates a ban on the District government using its own funds to pay for abortions. Local abortion providers are up in arms over the decision.

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