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Sunday, March 25, 2012

NASA Reschedules Rockets Launch

NASA has canceled the launch of five suborbital rockets from Virginia's coast due to inclement weather.

EPA Ranks Virginia Second For Toxic Waterways

Virginia released more than 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state's waterways in 2010, according to a local environmental group.

Maryland Launches Health Care Reform Site

Maryland has launched a website for residents seeking information on the state's health care reform policy.

Tea Partiers Rally At Supreme Court Over Health Care

Members of the Tea Party rallied on Capitol Hill this weekend in opposition to Obama's signature health care law.

Arlington Businesses Conclude Green Games

Arlington businesses ended a yearlong competition in reducing energy use.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Trayvon Martin Supporters Protest At Freedom Plaza

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Freedom Plaza Saturday in honor of the Florida teen who was shot and killed last February.

Virginia House Proposes Sales Tax For Transportion Projects

Some Virginia lawmakers say the state is running low on transportation funds, and wants to phase in a sales tax to help pay for infrastructure projects.

Maryland Adds New Area Code

Maryland is running low on phone numbers, so the state is adding a new area code today.

Maryland House Passes Budget, With Tax Hikes

Maryland's House of Delegates passed a budget on Friday, despite staunch Republican objections to hikes in income and "flush" taxes.

Metro Taking Steps To Make Women Feel Safer

Train malfunctions aren't the only safety concern on the Metro -- many women report being unsatisfied by the police presence in the system, which hasn't helped stymie cases of sexual harassment and assault.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bags Of Cash Litter Road On I-270 In Maryland

In a bizarre event witnesses likened to a gameshow, bags of cash fell out of an armored truck on I-270, scattering currency across the roadway.

Anti-Abortion Free Speech Case Heads To Federal Court

Lawyers for the city of Baltimore and Montgomery County urged a three-judge panel to reverse a ruling requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to post signs stating that they don't provide medical services.

Cherry Blossoms Halt Metro Track Work

Metro is temporarily suspending its weekend track work to accommodate the extra riders in town for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Analysis: JOBS Act Passes, But Paralysis Remains On Highways Bill

Sen. Barbara Mikulsi (D-Md.) is urging Congress to move on a Senate transportation bill that could result in increased federal regulation for Metro.