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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Improperly Installed Gas Appliance Caused Rockville Blast

A spokesman for the Montgomery County, Md., Fire Department says an improperly installed gas appliance caused the explosion that leveled a Rockville house early Wednesday morning.

School Bus Accident In Montgomery County

Two Montgomery County Public Schools buses collided in Clarksburg, Md., Wednesday morning. Police say nine students and an adult suffered minor injuries.

D.C. Charter Schools Pioneer Steps Down

Josephine Baker, a leader in the District's charter school movement, will step down as executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board.

Potomac River Gets A 'D' In Health

The annual Chesapeake Bay water quality "report card" does not contain good news for the Potomac River. The river quality dropped in 2010 from the year before, but scientists say the decline could have been even worse due to the rising population.

Lincoln Movie To Film In Virginia

A major motion picture on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg is set be filmed in Virginia.

Secure Communities Prompts Immigrant Activism In Montgomery County

Come this fall, Montgomery County police will have to comply with a new immigration enforcement program, but that hasn't stopped activists from protesting the measure.

Authorities Investigate House Explosion In Rockville

UPDADE: Maryland fire officials now say that an improperly installed gas dryer led to Wednesday's home explosion in Rockville.

Va. Governor Cuts PBS Funding

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell got the last word in his quest to cut funding for public radio and television, vetoing just the one item funding PBS in the voluminous state budget -- and signing everything else.

Prince Charles Visits Urban Farm in D.C.

An urban farm in Washington D.C. got the royal treatment Tuesday as England's Prince Charles flew in to tour it.

Report: Va. Children's Mental Health Services Lacking

Administrators with the nonprofit advocacy group Voices for Virginia's Children say there's a lack of community mental health services for children across the Commonwealth.

Montgomery County Passes Bag Tax

Ready your totes, Montgomery County. At the start of next year, shoppers in the county will have to pay for disposable bags.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pressure Mounts On O'Malley To Veto Waste-To-Energy Bill

In Maryland, a growing coalition is urging Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that enhances incentives for facilities that create energy by incinerating trash.

Once Segregated Va. School To Become Civil Rights Center

A new center for the study of civil rights in education will open this summer in Prince Edward County, Va. What was once an all-black high school will soon house The Robert Russa Moton Museum.

Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Honored At Blue Mass

The area's law enforcement community is remembering those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Tuesday, officers from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies gathered at a church in downtown D.C. for the annual Blue Mass.

Preakness: There's an App for That

Maryland horse racing fans can now turn to a special smart phone app for the latest Preakness updates and other racing news.

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