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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Doomsday Averted: Maryland Lawmakers Agree On Tax Hike

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says lawmakers agreed on a plan to raise taxes on high-income earners as well as shift the responsibility for teacher pensions onto counties, in a move expected to avert the "doomsday" budget.

Prince William Holds Vigil For Fallen Officers

A candelight vigil will be held Wednesday night in Woodbridge, Va. as part of National Police Week to honor the officers lost over the years in Prince William County.

Closing Arguments Heard In Trial Of Ehrlich Robocalls Consultant

A Maryland jury is hearing closing arguments in the trial of Julius Henson, a consultant for former Republican governor Robert Ehrlich, accused of using election day robocalls to suppress black voter turnout.

Capitals Facing Elimination In Game 6

After a heartbreaking overtime loss Monday, the Capitals are facing a must-win contest Wednesday night as they host the Rangers in Game 6of the Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals.

D.C. Area Kids Celebrate Bike To School Day

Kids took to their two-wheelers today in honor of National Bike to School Day. 

South Manor Neighbors Oppose Site For Metro Crash Memorial

Neighbors of a proposed memorial to victims of the 2009 Metrorail crash aren't necessarily thrilled about the city's designated location.  

Virginia Launching Program For At-Risk Mothers

Virginia will use federal grant money to sponsor a program that provides home visits to expectant mothers in at-risk situations.

Thomas Jefferson High Named #2 Best School In U.S.

Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology High in Alexandria is ranks second among the best schools in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. 

House Unlikely To Pass Obama's Tax Breaks Package

President Obama's latest attempt to grow the economy using tax breaks is likely to stall in the House, previewing a political dynamic likely to last for the remainder of the election cycle.

Betting The Odds: D.C. Sending Large Delegation To Vegas Conference

The D.C. Council is sending a large cadre of representatives to an annual retail and real estate conference in Las Vegas this year, in hopes of making some major deals for the city.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Homegrown Underwater Grass To Replenish Potomac

Volunteers have been growing underwater grass this Spring as part of an effort to transplant it into the Potomac River, where pollution and major storms have largely wiped beds out.

Gov. McDonnell Signs Three Bills Curbing Human Trafficking

Human trafficking in Virginia was the target of three bills signed Tuesday by Governor Bob McDonnell at a ceremony on an Annandale campus.

Analysis: Farm Bill Could Cut Funding For Chesapeake Bay

The annual farm bill is usually a contentious affair for Congress, but as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, its focus on earmarks could eliminate funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup and preservation.

Pepco Says Outages Were Down Last Year

Pepco's record on outages in 2011 was a serious improvement over the previous year, but it's not clear whether or not it can be attributed to relatively mild weather or improved service.

St. Patrick's Hosts 'Blue Mass' For Fallen Officers

Fallen police and fire safety officers were honored at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Tuesday in a 'Blue Mass,' marking the beginning of National Police Week.