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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governor says recent growth in state revenue indicates that Virginia's economy is on the path to recovery. So far through fiscal year 2011, total revenues are up 4.9 percent, topping the forecast of four percent growth.

Latest Maryland News

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) A south Florida man has been charged in Maryland with raping a young girl more than 30 years ago, when he was a teenager. Montgomery County police say a woman told detectives in 2009 that Christopher Chamblin had raped her multiple times in the late 1970s, when she was about six or seven years old.

D.C. Firefighters Union Says Fire Trucks Too Old

The D.C. firefighters union says area stations don't have the working equipment they need to respond to fires.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: SESSION ROUNDTABLE: Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter.com, Kenny Burns of WNAV radio, John Wagner of The Washington Post and Lou Davis of Maryland Public Television discuss the 2011 General Assembly session, including the issues that dominated – among them, gay marriage, pension overhaul and the budget.

Montgomery County Businesses Laud Federal, State Budgets

Business leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland are saying "what a difference a week makes." The federal budget deal and last minute actions by the state legislature have created a much better scenario for local businesses than they did one week ago.

FAA Adds Second Controller To Night Shift At Reagan Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration has added a second air traffic controller to late night shifts at Reagan National Airport.

The change comes after a lone tower controller fell asleep while on duty last month and failed to assist two pilots who were set to land planes at the airport.

D.C. Looks To Cap Special Education Costs

Almost three thousand D.C. students with physical and emotional disabilities attend private schools both in and out of the District at taxpayers' expense. The cost is about three times that of the national average for similar students.

Suspect Arrested In Alexandria Barbershop Shooting

A suspect is in custody after a deadly shooting in a Fairfax County shopping center Wednesday.

Police arrested Hung T. Nguyen of Annandale, Va. late Wednesday after he turned himself in at a Fairfax County police station. Nguyen has been charged with murder.

Construction Workers Demand Rights

Local construction workers are accusing a subcontractor of rights violations and demanding accountability by the federal government.

Metro To Formulate Budget Menu

Metro is narrowing down its options to fill a $74 million gap in its budget for the coming fiscal year.

Proliferation of Food Trucks May Prompt Change in Law

The proliferation of food trucks has some D.C. lawmakers considering changes to how these mobile vendors are regulated and taxed. Right now, food trucks are exempted from the city's sales tax.

Author Reveals White House's Black History

Washington, D.C. is home to the most famous house in America: the White House. But for many African-Americans, this legendary building represents a rarely discussed history of exclusion and inequality.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A craft show, an art festival, and other ways to shirk tax time.

Stink Bugs May Be Reunited With Old Nemesis

Stink Bugs were introduced from Asia to Allentown, Penn., in the '90s and have been spreading outward, including to the D.C. region. They're a nuisance in homes, but for farmers they're a dangerous pest that can destroy crops. The USDA is looking to control the insects by importing their natural predator: parasitic Asian wasp.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Police Issue Arrest Warrant For Shooting Suspect

Police say they think they know the man who shot two people at a barber shop in Bell View Shopping Center in Fairfax County, Va. They've issued a warrant for his arrest, but they're still trying to figure out where he is.