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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sen. Mikulski Honored As Congress' Longest-Serving Woman

Even after more than 35 years in Congress, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski continues to be an icon for women in politics. She was honored in the Senate on Wednesday.

Analysis: No. 2 Seed Lady Terps Eye Sweet 16

The only area team still in the midst of March Madness is the ladies of University of Maryland. Washington Post sports columnist Gene Wang talks about their chances against the defending champs on Sunday.

Maryland Considering Gas Tax Alternatives

A Republican proposal in Maryland's state senate would localize a gas tax, so that only commuters in counties that directly benefit from mass transit would pay more at the pumps.

Is Charm-ville A 'Silly' Name For Old Town Alexandria?

Alexandria is considering launching an advertising campaign to try and coin the nickname "Charm-ville" in its tourism advertisements.

Maryland Woman Works To Amend Jury Law For Shift Workers

Under current Maryland law, employers are not required to give workers on the late shift off for jury duty -- something an Upper Marlboro woman is working to change.

Animal Testing Laboratory In Frederick Scrapped

A planned animal testing laboratory in Frederick, Md. intended for the Army's testing of deadly pathogens has been scrapped after flaws were found in the planning.

NASA Rocket Launch In Va. Rescheduled

The launch of five rockets out of the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has been postponed until tomorrow, as part of an experiment to gain a better understanding of high-altitude winds.

Virginia Voters Voice Displeasure With State Officials

After a contentious legislative session during which Virginia lawmakers failed to pass a budget, polls show that approval ratings for Virginian lawmakers are down across the board.

Child Abuse Bill Inspired By Penn State Scandal Awaits Action

A bill that would enhance reporting requirements for child abuse and neglect in the wake of the Penn State scandal still awaits action by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, after passing in a turbulent legislative session.

Poll: Voters Split Over Virginia Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Virginia voters appear to be sharply divided over a new law requiring women to receive ultrasounds before getting abortions in the commonwealth.

D.C. Council Wants A Closer Look At New Disabled Parking Program

The District's new 'red-top meter' parking program for disabled drivers has been delayed by a D.C. Council vote. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Residents March In Support Of Hate Crime Victims

Area residents took to marching Tuesday evening in support of several members of the LGBT community who have been victims of violence over the last several weeks.

Local Lawmakers Find Fault With House GOP Budget

The new budget proposed by Republicans in the House has roiled local lawmakers, who are objecting to deeper cuts than originally discussed, some requiring federal workers to pay substantially more for their pensions.

Analysis: Wyden Breaks Democratic Ranks On Medicare Reform

At a time when bipartisanship in Congress is a rare sight, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden's work alongside Congressman Paul Ryan stands out, and has ruffled some feathers within the Democratic party.

Are Fracking Fees The Future In Maryland?

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill that would levy a fee on land used to extract natural gas with the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique in order to fund studies on its potential environmental impacts.