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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

D.C. Budget Forecast Gets Brighter

D.C.'s chief financial officer says "new" revenue estimates show the city pulled in about $100 million more this year than it had anticipated.

Members Of Congress Support 'True Libyan Ambassador'

The ambassador to Libya, who left his post to speak out against Moammar Gadhafi, was given a hero's welcome at a peaceful protest in Washington, D.C.

Va. Higher Education Act Awaits Governor's Approval

Bipartisan legislation that is on its way to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's desk aims to revamp the way state colleges and universities deliver higher education.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Bold colors and brothers.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Md. Same-Sex Marriage Vote Delayed

In Annapolis, Md., the House Judiciary Committee delayed a planned vote on the state's same-sex marriage bill Tuesday due to a legislative "no-show."

Stewart Will Wait To Decide On Run For U.S. Senate

In Virginia, Prince William County's board of supervisors chairman says he's not likely to make a decison about running for U.S. Senate before the end of the year.

Libyan Protesters Can't Raise Pre-Gadhafi Flag At Embassy

Thwarted in their attempt to raise a pre-Gadhafi-era flag at Libya's embassy in Washington, D.C., peaceful protesters instead put together a passionate display on the sidewalk below.

Enrollment Jumps In D.C. For Charter, Public Schools

For the first time ever in D.C.'s history, enrollment in both the city's charter schools and traditional public schools has increased.

Push For Top-Grade Septic Systems Faces Resistance

In Maryland, a key legislator is recommending that a measure to ban septic systems for new major subdivisions be delayed.

Basic Needs Exceed Income For Many Virginians

Researchers from the University of Virginia say 24.2 percent of Virginians earn less than the amount needed to cover basic expenses.

Maryland GOP Expected To Propose Additional Cuts

Maryland House Republicans will be outlining plans to make deeper spending cuts in the state budget Tuesday afternoon.

Business Leaders Prepare For Federal Shutdown

Local business leaders are meeting at the Greater Washington Board of Trade to go over the potential impact of a federal government shutdown.