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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers Reconvene For Budget Issues

The Maryland General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene Monday morning for a special session to complete unfinished budget issues.

Richmond Highway Plans Still In Question

Federal officials are trying figure out how to widen Richmond Highway, a busy Fairfax County corridor.

Kaya Henderson Persists On Education Reform

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says education reform continues to be a top priority in the District, despite the city's ongoing corruption investigations.

Affordable Housing In D.C. On The Decline

Affordable housing in the District is vanishing, according to a report published this week by one city think-tank.

Part Of Atlantic Ocean Closing For Race

A section of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ocean City will be closed this weekend for an offshore race.

Virginia Expects More Public Safety Cuts

Virginia officials are bracing for another round of cuts to its criminal justice department and public safety programs.

D.C. Officials Reconsider Charter School Admissions

D.C. education officials are re-evaluating whether neighborhood residents should be given preference in public charter school admissions.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Congress Divided Over How To Help Small Businesses

Lawmakers are debating the best way to help small businesses in the region, but electoral politics may prevent Congress from legislating any relief.

Montgomery County Summer Programs Begin Soon

Montgomery County's summer program registration is in full swing.

Middleburg Battlefield To Be Preserved

Middleburg Battlefield, which contains a Civil War-era former tavern and blacksmith's cottage, is being preserved under a public-private partnership.

Bi-Partisan Group Prepares Virginia Students For Work

A bi-partisan group is working to improve educational services to students in Virginia.

Water Rates Rising In Maryland Counties

Water rates are on the rise for residents in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.

National Zoo Welcomes Asian Small-Clawed Otters

The National Zoo is hosting a housewarming event today for a family of Asian small-clawed otters.

Alleged Petworth Attacker Deemed Incompetent For Trial

The man charged with a series of assaults in D.C., one of them fatal, has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Friday, May 11, 2012

O'Malley's 'Cozy' Relationship With Perdue Criticized

The "cozy" relationship between Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and the general counsel for Perdue has some critics