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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Maryland School Board Seeking To Change Suspension Policy

Maryland's school board is aiming to reduce the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses.

Prince George's Councilwoman Barred From County Vehicle

A Prince George's County councilwoman is officially barred from access to her county vehicle after she was caught speeding in excess of 100 mph.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fight To Defend Same-Sex Marriage Bill Begins In Maryland

As political observers expected, the fight over same-sex marriage in Maryland started promptly on Friday, as both sides of the issue begin to gear up for an expected referendum on the issue in November.

Anne Arundel Exec Charged With Four Misdimeanors

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been indicted and charged on four counts for misusing his executive protection squads to transport him to sexual escapades and remove signs of political opponents.

Lawmakers Dig In Over Dulles Metro Rail Funding

Virginia's General Assembly continues to apply pressure to the MWAA, threatening to withhold funding for the Dulles Metro Rail Project if they don't amend a plan they said unfairly benefits union labor.

Metro's Weekend Track Work Continues

Three Red Line Metro stations will be closed this weekend due to scheduled maintenance.

WaPo's McCartney: Who Is Hurt In Virginia's Budget Impasse, Dynamics Of Virginia's GOP Primary

Politics in Virginia have gotten heated in recent weeks, with the state senate at an impasse over the budget and the impending GOP presidential primary on Super Tuesday.

Food Drive For Maryland's Hungry Enters 26th Year

Those looking to help the less fortunate in Maryland should have an easier time of it this week, as the 26th annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive makes it as easy as picking up a bag of groceries.

CQ Roll Call: Snowe Says No To Re-election, Bartlett Receives Request From American Mustache Institute

Two announcements on Capitol Hill this week may help Democratic lawmakers retain control of the U.S. Senate.

Five Capital Bikeshare Stations Could Soon Come To National Mall

The Capital Bikeshare program just got preliminary approval to place five stations around the National Mall. Now it's on to the National Park Service for final approval.

D.C. Leaders Pushing To Move Redskins To District

The District is making a push to bring the Redskins back home, at least for practice, but councilmember Jack Evans is stressing that the talks are still very early.

Effort To Overturn 'Kings Dominion Law' Shot Down

Virginia's 'King's Dominion law' prevails once again, as a state senate committee thwarted efforts this week to allow schools in the state to begin before Labor Day.

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Steps Closer To Passage

The bill mandating ultrasound sound exams for women seeking abortions in Virginia is another step closer to Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature.

Opponents Of Metro Fare Hikes Say Increases Are Too Much

Metro customers turned out to oppose fare hikes at a Metro board public hearing Thursday. Speakers said the increases could be prohibitive for those on fixed incomes.

Advocates Celebrate Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signing

The mood was celebratory among gay rights advocates in Maryland after the state's same-sex marriage bill was signed into law Thursday.

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