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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Authorities Investigate House Explosion In Rockville

UPDADE: Maryland fire officials now say that an improperly installed gas dryer led to Wednesday's home explosion in Rockville.

Va. Governor Cuts PBS Funding

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell got the last word in his quest to cut funding for public radio and television, vetoing just the one item funding PBS in the voluminous state budget -- and signing everything else.

Prince Charles Visits Urban Farm in D.C.

An urban farm in Washington D.C. got the royal treatment Tuesday as England's Prince Charles flew in to tour it.

Report: Va. Children's Mental Health Services Lacking

Administrators with the nonprofit advocacy group Voices for Virginia's Children say there's a lack of community mental health services for children across the Commonwealth.

Montgomery County Passes Bag Tax

Ready your totes, Montgomery County. At the start of next year, shoppers in the county will have to pay for disposable bags.

Shaw's Roots: From 'Heart Of Chocolate City' To 'Little United Nations'

An influx of new residents and businesses to the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest D.C. has some people welcoming progress, but is leading others to leave what many consider to be the heart and soul of "Chocolate City."

Council Member Cheh Arrested At Abortion Funding Protest

In the District, a group of local abortion rights activists are protesting on Capitol Hill and Council member Mary Cheh is among those who've been arrested.

D.C. Council May Waive Waiting Period For Gun Owners

With the District's only licensed firearms dealer temporarily out of business, city lawmakers are looking at ways provide some concessions to prospective gun owners.

Protesters Oppose Bill Banning Abortion Funding

UPDATE: Eight arrested in protest over abortion funding, including D.C. Council member Mary Cheh. Activists are gathering on Capitol Hill to protest a House resolution that would ban the District from spending local dollars on abortions.

Irvin Nathan Confirmed As D.C. Attorney General

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's pick for the city's attorney general has been confirmed by the D.C. Council. Council members voted unanimously to confirm Irvin Nathan to the post.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

SEALs Get Donations Following Bin Laden Death

A foundation that provides financial assistance for the families of Navy SEALs is getting a boost from online donors following Osama bin Laden's death.

Maryland Casinos Bring In $13.6 Million

The Maryland Lottery says the state's two casinos had about $13.6 million in gross revenue for April.

Howard County Approves Speed Cameras

Slow down -- speed cameras are coming to Maryland's Howard County.

Montgomery Co. Schools To Cut Employee Benefits In 2012

Budget cuts are finally coming to schools in Montgomery County, and school employees aren't likely to be thrilled about the changes.

D.C. Area Bicyclists Battle Not Just Cars, But The Road Itself

As warmer temperatures draw more bicyclists to the region's roadways, safety officials and biking advocates are bracing for a rise in cycling accidents.

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