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Monday, April 1, 2013

Analysis: Lawmakers To Respond To Stock Act, Online Disclosure Rule After Break

David Hawkings, author of Hawkings Here, talks about the latest in a bill that's meant to prevent insider trading.

Metro To Add Cameras To Rail Cars As Part Of Plan To Increase Security

At a cost of more than $6 million, Metro plans to triple the number of cameras in its stations and parking garages, as well as adding cameras onto rail cars for the first time.

Virginia Task Force Weighs Changes To Mental Health Laws

A group appointed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is evaluating potential changes to mental health laws that could prevent future incidents like the Newton, Conn., shooting.

Arlington Halts Plans For 'Super' Bus Stops After Outcry Over Costs

A "super" bus stop constructed at the corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive may be the first and last of its kind, after its $1 million cost drew negative responses from area residents.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 1

All the world's a stage... if you make it one. This week you can enjoy the theatrical arts at a monologue competition and a festival celebrating William Shakespeare.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Changes Coming To The GED Program

There are significant changes coming to the GED program, but many adult education advocates say that new test is being rolled out far too quickly.

GED Program: 'America's Largest High School'

For adults who dropped out years ago, the GED test is widely seen as the first step to a better paying job or higher education, but research shows that it may not give people a "true" second chance.

Easter Sermon At National Cathedral Speaks Of Hope For Newtown Victims

The National Cathedral's leadership took the opportunity to remind churchgoers of the toll of gun violence in recent months.

WiFi Coming To Select Frederick County Schools

Wireless Internet access will be set up in some Frederick County schools, as a way to move forward with technology at a lower cost.

Salisbury Voters Dissatisfied With Local Political Landscape

A recent poll showed that Salisbury voters are looking for people who will work together and get things done.

Rep. John Delaney To Push Bill On Incentivized Infrastructure Plan

A Maryland congressman is introducing legislation that he hopes will help repair the nation's infrastructure.

Virginia Gas Prices Decrease In March

Travel analysts in Virginia say the recent spike in gas prices appears to have slowed.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Shadows Of An Unfinished Education

The national debate around education usually focuses on children, but what happens when those children grow up and try to make their way in the world? Two adults talk about the struggles they face with low literacy skills.

Big Turnout Expected For Ocean City Job Fair

The unemployment rate on the coast is among the highest in the Maryland at almost 16 percent, so that makes this year's Ocean City job fair a big deal.

National Zoo Inseminates Giant Panda Mei Xiang

Veterinarians at the National Zoo say their female giant panda, Mei Xiang, is ready to breed again.