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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Former Marriott Employee Sentenced For Embezzlement

A former Marriott International employee has been sentenced to prison for embezzling money from the hotel chain.

Virginia Reminds Residents Of Safe Digging

Virginia is reminding residents to call 811 before starting any projects that might require digging near utility lines.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Republicans Push To Cut Food Stamps Funding

Democrats in the region are fighting a proposal to slash billions of dollars from the federal food stamp program; Republicans say the cuts are necessary to trim the budget.

Marine Dead In Barracks Row Stabbing

One man is dead and another is in police custody after a stabbing incident in southeast D.C. Saturday morning.

BGE Customers To Receive $100 Credit

Most Baltimore Gas and Electric customers will receive a $100 credit on their bills next month.

Loudoun Building Gets Energy Award

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a Loudoun County building with the Energy Star Certification.

Virginia Spitball Case Goes To Supreme Court

The case of the Virginia student shooting spitballs at other students in 2010 is going to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Poultry Pollution Lawsuit Postponed

The court date for the poultry pollution lawsuit against a Maryland-based poultry company and contract grower has been postponed.

Maryland Hires New State Superintendent Of Schools

Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Lillian Lowery has been hired as Maryland's new State Superintendent of Schools.

Virginia Offers Tree Seedlings To Residents

April 25 is the final day for Virginia residents to order tree seedlings from the state.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Maryland Shelter Finds Homes For Unlucky Pooches

A dog shelter in rural Maryland places dogs who are down on their luck, including an 11-year-old Shepherd mix named Grizzly.

Maryland Picks New State Superintendent Of Schools

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley named Dr. Lillian Lowery as the new Superintendent of Schools for the state based on her success in Delaware.

Memorial To Maryland Public Servants Dedicated

After a decade of design and fundraising work, Maryland dedicated a memorial in Gaithersburg to its public servants who have died in the line of duty.

Maryland Comptroller Advocates Later Start To School Year

Maryland state comptroller Peter Franchot took a stance that will earn him friends amongst the under-18 crowd, pushing for the school year to start after Labor Day instead of August.

Weekend Track Work Returns With A Vengeance

The brief reprieve from weekend track work thanks to the Cherry Blossom Festival has ended, which means Metro riders on the Red, Blue and Orange Lines will have obstacles and delays ahead of them.