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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Virginia Continues Redistricting Session

The Virginia General Assembly's redistricting session enters day two Tuesday. The session's first day began with constituents and even some lawmakers unhappy with their handiwork.

MoCo Budget Hearings: Community To Speak On School Funding

In Maryland, the Montgomery County Council is set to hold the first of five public hearings for the 2012 budget. Much debate is expected to focus on the school board's request for more funding.

New Center To Combat Foreclosures, Improve Financial Literacy

Much of the Washington region wasn't hit as hard by the nation's foreclosure crisis as many other areas, but Prince George's County, Md., was and it's predominantly African-American.

Kaine Announces Senate Run Online

Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will run for U.S. Senate in 2012. Kaine made the announcement in a video posted on his Facebook page Tuesday.

Compromise Made On Pensions, Prescription Drugs In Maryland

A panel of Maryland lawmakers has settled pension and prescription drug differences between the House of Delegates and Senate.

Parole Bill Would Limit O'Malley's Decision Time On Life Sentences

The Maryland General Assembly could soon pass a bill limiting the governor's say in parole decisions. The House of Delegates is expected to take up the proposal Tuesday.

Latest Maryland News

A legislative committee has decided to increase a fee that car dealers are allowed to charge for paperwork related to buying a new car.

Latest D.C. News

Amtrak is seeking nearly $1.3 billion to speed trains between Boston and Washington.

Latest Virginia News

Severe storms have left more than 23,000 customers without electricity in Virginia.

Mayor Vincent Gray No Longer Backs Former Campaign Chair

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's withdrawn the name of his former campaign chair from consideration to head the Washington Convention Center and Sports Authority.

Prince William Teacher Accused Of Indecent Relationship With Student

Police in Prince William County, Va., say a local teacher has been accused of taking indecent liberties with a 16-year-old male student.

Virginia Woman Attacks National Gallery Painting

A woman from Alexandria, Va., faces criminal charges and will undergo a mental evaluation after attacking a Gauguin oil painting at the National Gallery.

Power Breakfast: Federal Investigation Of W. Va. Coal Mining Accident

It was the worst coal mining accident in the U.S. in 40 years. One year ago, on April 5th, 2010, a build-up of methane gas fueled an explosion inside Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. 29 men were killed.

D.C. Leaders Start Construction On Massive Downtown Development

Leaders in the District are breaking ground on what is being billed as the largest downtown development currently underway in any U.S. city.

D.C. Lawmaker Wants Pension Reform For Teachers, Firefighters And Police

D.C. Council Member David Catania wants to tackle pension reform for the city's police officers, firefighters and teachers. He says the pension costs for these front-line workers are escalating way beyond what the city will be able to afford in a few years.

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