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Monday, April 16, 2012

Proposed Bill Would Rein In Pepco Tree-Trimming

Pepco has undertaken an effort to aggressively trim trees that could impact the company's powerlines, but a new measure proposed in Montgomery County would give residents a means to push back.

Environmental Concerns Top Objections To Arlington Chickens

As Arlington considers relaxing restrictions on backyard hens in residential areas, one of the primary objections raised is the potential environmental impact wrought by chicken waste.

Montgomery County Braces For Possible 'Doomsday Budget'

With Maryland's General Assembly no closer to calling a special session to compromise on a state budget, officials in Montgomery County are taking inventory of what the so-called "Doomsday Budget" contingency would mean for the area.

Dew Tour Returning To Ocean City

After breaking attendance records last year in Ocean City, a national extreme sports tour is announcing its return.

Virginia Tech Honors Fifth Anniversary Of Shooting

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech. While there will be commemorations on campus, students plan to honor those slain by attending classes as normal.

Virginia Universities Draw Criticism For Tech Transfer Programs

As federal and state funds for higher education dry up, many universities are putting new emphasis on Tech Transfer -- patenting and licensing inventions made by faculty members. These inventions can be profitable, but critics warn there are pitfalls."

Analysis: Secret Service Scandal Fallout, GSA Hearings This Week

Congress probes GSA spending scandal in hearings this week; U.S. Secret Service under fire after officers were accused of misconduct involving a prostitute during a presidential trip to Colombia.

Immigrants Enter Work With New Skills

Hundreds of immigrants are getting a leg up in the American workforce through a vocational training program.

Maryland Issues Drought Watch For Eastern Shore

The Maryland Department of the Environment is warning residents on the Eastern Shore about drought conditions in their region.

D.C. Celebrates 150th Anniversary Of Emancipation Day

Residents of the District marched down Pennsylvania Ave. this afternoon in the Emancipation Day Parade, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln freed slaves in the District.

Vincent Orange Solidifies Win In At-Large D.C. Council Primary

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange has won the Democratic primary for his at-large D.C. Council seat, despite a close challenge from rival Sekou Biddle.

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, April 16

American Stories, On the Waterfront, and NEXT at the Corcoran

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Obama Continues Pushing For Buffett Rule

As Obama tries to drum up support for the so-called 'Buffett Rule,' Republicans are continuing the fight to unwind regulations and cut taxes.

Alexandria Apartments' Forthcoming Sale Worries Residents

Hundreds of residents at an Alexandria apartment complex face an uncertain future, as the landlord prepares to sell the property.

D.C. Brings Back Potholepalooza

The District is launching its annual Potholepalooza this Tuesday, and is seeking help from the public.

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