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Thursday, March 24, 2011

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.

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.

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.

'Prize Patrol' Doles Out Scholarships To D.C. Students

The George Washington University "prize patrol" is offering full-ride scholarships to a handful of outstanding D.C. high school seniors for their academic achievements and leadership qualities.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Aerial photography, Shakespearean tragedy, and autumn love.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

McKinley Principal On Leave Amid Allegations

The principal of a D.C. public high school is being placed on paid adminstrative leave amid allegations of tampering with grades.

O'Malley Offers Changes On Wind Power Bill

A wind power bill in Maryland would force utilities in the state to sign long-term contracts to buy a certain percentage of their power from wind farms, to be built off the shores of Ocean City. Gov. Martin O'Malley is offering an amendment to the bill that would cap the increase consumers would see on their monthly bills because of the contracts at $2.

Fired Chipotle Workers Protest At Local Store

A few weeks ago, 40 workers at Chipotle restaurants in Columbia Heights, Woodley Park and Chinatown were fired after the company allegedly found irregularities in their immigration papers. Wednesday, pro-immigrant groups protested outside one of the stores, saying the workers' rights were violated.

Metro Board Chair Wants Answers To Reports Of Improper Lobbying

A former senior Metro executive-turned-lobbyist has allegedly been using his insider contacts on behalf of one of Metro's biggest contractors, according to a private email obtained by WAMU News. Now, the board of directors is asking for answers.

Latest D.C. News

The National Park Service says the peak blooming period for the city's famous cherry blossoms is slightly earlier than previously predicted.

Latest Maryland News

A panel of experts say there were warning signs in the records of an Army researcher who killed himself in 2008 as prosecutors prepared to indict him for the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people.

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