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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Local Lawmakers Scramble To Manage, Minimize Federal Cuts

Now that sequestration has gone into effect, local lawmakers are working to protect their personal budget priorities.

Obenshain's Concealed Handgun And Voter ID Bills May Become Hot Topics

Two laws sponsored by Virginia Sen. Mark Obenshain will likely received extra attention in the near future, as the senator's run for attorney general heats up.

Children's Calorie Consumption Down, But Obesity Rises

Lack of physical activity among children is the likely reason for a puzzling new trend discovered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Virginia's Transportation Funding Overhaul Could Face Roadblocks

The former chairman of Virginia's Democratic Party says the state's transportation funding bill is unconstitutional, and expects the new law to be challenged in court.

Massachusetts Company Awarded Jack's Boathouse Site

The National Park Service has selected a Massachusetts-based company to replace the historic boathouse serving kayakers along the Potomac River in Georgetown.

Smithsonian Creates Database Of Digitize Content

The public will soon have access to a variety of museum content that includes American history, science, world cultures and art.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 4

The outside world is brought indoors at two gallery exhibitions. You can check out a collection of paintings focusing on the Eastern Shore and a series on graffiti that highlights the important role of names in the art form.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Obama Sparks Minimum Wage Debate In Congress

Lawmakers in the region are divided over President Obama's proposal to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour.

Virginia's Vacant Buildings Bill Could Revitalize Local Cities

A Virginia delegate has proposed a bill that would give some historic cities an economic boost without imposing extra taxes.

Pentagon Letter Highlights Impact Of Federal Cuts

The Pentagon has sent Gov. Martin O'Malley a letter discussing how the sequester would affect the Defense Department.

DCPS To Recruit Students From Closed Schools

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson has a goal of retaining 80 percent of students from the 15 schools closing down.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Hundreds Rally For Maryland Gun Control Bill

As the measure moves closer to reality, supporters and opponents of Gov. Martin O'Malley's Firearm Safety Act came out to rally in Annapolis on Friday.

Lewisdale Teen Killed In Possible Gang-Related Shooting

Meyder Bladimir Yuman, 18, is the latest Prince George's County teen killed in gun violence, shot just blocks from his home in Lewisdale.

BWI To Take Hit From Sequester Cuts

Federal budget cuts may take a toll on the number of flights and personnel at Baltimore Washington International Airport.

Analysis: Political Fallout From Virginia Transportation Plan

Virginia's transportation funding compromise has effects both for Virginia's current governor and his possible successors. Bob McCartney of The Washington Post discusses that and other local stories.