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Friday, March 30, 2012

Wind Power Expansion Passes Maryland House

At the urging of Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, an expansion of wind power has passed Maryland's House of Delegates over the objections of Republicans who say they worry about its cost.

Virginia Residents Urged To Check Quake Coverage

Many residents of Virginia were caught flat-footed by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake last August, so regulators are uging homeowners to check to see if their insurance coverage prepares them for future tremors.

Analysis: D.C.'s At-large Council Primary, Dulles Rail Fight Continues

Washington Post's Bob McCartney talks about the biggest races in the upcoming D.C. and Maryland primaries, as well as the latest on the fight over Metro's Silver line -- the Metro line that's supposed to stretch out to Dulles Airport.

CQ Roll Call: Transportation's 90-Day Stopgap Spending Plan Passes, Inauguration Plans Underway

A threat to transportation projects continues to loom until Congress can agree on a long-term spending plan.

First Marijuana Growing Supply Store Opens In D.C.

Medical marijuana is coming to the District, and "the Walmart of weed" will be ready when cultivators get the first permits.

Country's Oldest Farmers Market Nixes Pre-Dawn Start Time

Alexandria farmers market aficionados will have to get used to some later hours at the Old Town Farmers Market.

Romney Expected To Win D.C. Primary

Romney is expected to have no trouble winning the Republican presidential primary in D.C. next week.

Ryan Budget Vote Splits Along Party Lines

A vote on Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget proposal yesterday passed along party lines in the House.

Maryland House to Make Final Vote on Wind Power

Maryland's House of Delegates is moving towards a vote that will marginally increase energy rates in the state to purchase renewable energy credits for off-shore wind power.

Georgetown Waterfront Bouncing Back From Floods

Flooding on the Georgetown Waterfront last year took out many businesses like Tony and Joe's Seafood Place. While their reconstruction is close to being complete, the uncharacteristically warm winter has almost made up for it.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Truancy Court Program In Montgomery County In Jeopardy

A program in Montgomery County that pairs chronically-truant middle school students with judges from Silver Spring is facing a bit of a crisis as funding from a federal grant runs out this year.

License Plate Readers Raise Privacy Concerns In Maryland

Studies show that as many as one-third of police departments in the country use license plate readers, but in Montgomery County, privacy advocates are trying to push back against the technology.

Fairfax Gang Members Arrested For Prostitution Ring

A group affiliated with the "Crips" gang was arrested in Fairfax County for allegedly running a prostitution ring that exploited and provided drugs to young women, including some who were underage.

Meet The Candidates In the 2012 Ward 8 D.C. Council Race

Mayor-for-life and now Council member Marion Barry has four opponents in the upcoming primary for his Ward 8 council seat.

Meet The Candidates In the 2012 Ward 7 D.C. Council Race

There are five candidates competing for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat, including incumbent Council member Yvette Alexander.

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