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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Van Hollen Pushes To Tap Tax Havens

Maryland Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen says he wants to close corporate loopholes to help ease the burden on American taxpayers, but has so far met resistance by Republicans.

Fairfax Gang Members Plead Guilty In Prostitution Ring

Two of the five members arrested as part of a street gang based out of Fairfax County have pleaded guilty to their roles in running a prostitution ring which is said to have employed underage girls.

Competing For Wind: Green Passport Games Open Across DC

Green Passport DC is a new game that gives environmentally-conscious area residents monetary awards for going around and checking out the area's many wind-powered businesses.

Analysis: Maryland Ratifies 17th Amendment Close To Signing Centennial

In an otherwise turbulent legislative session, Maryland voted to ratify the 17th amendment to the Constitution 100 years after it went into effect. State senator and professor Jamie Raskin discusses the amendment's meaning to the populist movement.

Old Coal Mine Will Provide FSU Food

The EPA plans to covert old coal-mining land into greenhouses that will provide food for students at Frostburg State University.

Smithsonian Unveils New 'American Stories' Exhibit

A  new section of the National Museum of American History provides a succinct chronology of the United States' story. 

Minorities Make Up Small Portion Of Virginia Legislature

Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling says he'd like to see the state's GOP reach out to more minorities and get more women elected to the General Assembly.

Virginia Transportation Chief Addresses Regional Coordination

A Maryland resident is concerned with how Virginia's transportation projects will affect the region's commute.

D.C. Taxi Fare Increase Starts April 21

Taxi fares in D.C. are going up starting April 21, after the D.C. Taxicab Commission approved a fare hike Wednesday.

Fans Celebrate Baseball, Nats' Home Opener

With the Nationals' home opener against the Reds, fans from around the Washington D.C. area weigh in on the sport of baseball and what it means to them.

Trolley Service To Be Expanded To Del Ray

Trolley buses of the sort made popular in Old Town Alexandria are being expanded into Del Ray, based on their popularity in the area.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Trayvon Martin's Parents Respond To Zimmerman Arrest

The parents of Trayvon Martin were in D.C. on Wednesday, and spoke at the Washington Convention Center after hearing of the second-degree murder charge levvied against George Zimmerman.

There's An App For That: D.C. 311 Now On Mobile Devices

Those looking to report pothole or request trash removal in D.C. may have an easier time of it, now that the District has an app that ties residents right into the 311 system.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Door To Door: Foxhall Village, D.C. And Pimmit Hills, Va. (Originally broadcast Nov. 18, 2011)

This week, we visit Northwest D.C.'s Foxhall Village and Virginia's Pimmit Hills.

Program Helps Young Immigrants Adjust To Life In D.C. (Originally broadcast Nov. 4, 2012)

We meet immigrant children trying to find a place in the District's public schools, and hear about a program that helps them work through challenges such as language and cultural barriers.

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