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Friday, May 13, 2011

Bay Bridge Tolls And Others In Md. Could Rise For First Time In Decades

The Maryland Transportation Authority is developing a plan that would raise tolls dramatically. The proposed tolls are part of a four-year package of $210 million in increases.

African Immigrant Turned U.S. Marine Screens War Documentary Sunday

The G.I. Film Festival showing this week in Washington, D.C. features documentaries and films by and for those that serve in the U.S. military -- including the incredible story of a West African immigrant turned U.S. Marine.

Airports Board Concerned Over Proposal To Give State Leaders More Power

In Virginia, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board isn't thrilled with a proposal from Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) that would allow state leaders to more easily remove sitting board members.

Montgomery Co. Officer Turns Tragedy To Teen Driver Awarneness

The car crash last week in Germantown, Md., which took the life of a Northwest high school graduate has refocused attention on the potential dangers faced by young drivers. With the start of prom season, one Montgomery County officer is transforming a personal tragedy into a message of safety behind the wheel.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A progressive dance project, Bethesda has a festival of fine art, and the Moscows of Nantucket spend some time in the DMV.

D.C.'s Budget Autonomy On The Table, Thanks To House Republican

Political observers expecting fireworks on Capitol Hill between D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the Republican members of Congress who oversee the District may have been a little shocked to see much glad-handing between the two sides at a hearing Thursday.

Alexandria Waterfront Plan Would End Hotel Ban, Increase Density

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council are on the verge of dramatically reshaping the waterfront for the next 20 years in a vote scheduled for Saturday.

D.C.'s Accessible Cab Drivers Matter As Much As Cabs Themselves

People in D.C. living with disabilities are celebrating the arrival of new wheelchair-accessible taxis -- the specially trained taxi drivers that come with them may be more important.

Uranium Mining In Virginia Faces Oppposition From Enviro Groups

Several companies in Virginia are lobbying state lawmakers to lift a statewide ban on uranium mining to allow access to a large deposit in Pittsylvania County.

Spending Cuts To Affect Community Action Committees' Ability To Help Poor

As the White House and Congress talk about cutting federal spending, groups in Virginia that work with the poor say those cuts will mean big problems for their clients.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Breaking The Hamilton Case: A Reporter Shares His Story

Former Virginia Delegate Phillip Hamilton (R-Newport News) faces up to 30 years in prison for bribery and extortion. He solicited a job as director of a teacher training center at Old Dominion University while working to secure state funding for it. Bill Sizemore, a reporter for the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, broke the story, and his subsequent reporting prompted the federal investigation.

Streamlined Budget-Approval Process Proposed For D.C.

The chairman of the House committee that oversees D.C. says he's willing to work with city leaders on creating more budget autonomy for the District.

D.C. Police To Announce Break In 1999 Cold Case

D.C. police say they have a major break in a cold case that dates back to 1999. Police have scheduled a news conference for Friday to offer more details.

Two Metro Operators Make Critical Errors In Recent Weeks

Metro is trying to figure out why two of its train operators ran red lights at one of its rail yards in just the past few weeks.

Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis Arrive In D.C.

After much delay, people living with disabilities can now ride in a wheelchair-accessible taxi in the District.

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