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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

MoCo Budget Hearings: Community To Speak On School Funding

In Maryland, the Montgomery County Council is set to hold the first of five public hearings for the 2012 budget. Much debate is expected to focus on the school board's request for more funding.

New Center To Combat Foreclosures, Improve Financial Literacy

Much of the Washington region wasn't hit as hard by the nation's foreclosure crisis as many other areas, but Prince George's County, Md., was and it's predominantly African-American.

Kaine Announces Senate Run Online

Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will run for U.S. Senate in 2012. Kaine made the announcement in a video posted on his Facebook page Tuesday.

Compromise Made On Pensions, Prescription Drugs In Maryland

A panel of Maryland lawmakers has settled pension and prescription drug differences between the House of Delegates and Senate.

Parole Bill Would Limit O'Malley's Decision Time On Life Sentences

The Maryland General Assembly could soon pass a bill limiting the governor's say in parole decisions. The House of Delegates is expected to take up the proposal Tuesday.

Latest Maryland News

A legislative committee has decided to increase a fee that car dealers are allowed to charge for paperwork related to buying a new car.

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Amtrak is seeking nearly $1.3 billion to speed trains between Boston and Washington.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Virginia Redistricting Begins In Earnest, Loudoun Awaits Changes

Virginia state lawmakers get together in Richmond Monday to start comparing competing plans for redrawing the state's political boundaries, and some of the biggest changes are likely to happen in Northern Virginia.

Looming Budget Showdown Between Gray And Brown Over Taxes

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's proposal to tax the city's wealthiest households sets up a showdown with Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

VCU Loses In Final Four But Gains Spotlight And Recognition

The Virginia Commonwealth University lost in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament but the school is hoping all the attention will bring in more money and better recruits.

Report Shows Challenges For Latino Youth In Montgomery County

Officials in Montgomery County join with leaders of the Latino community Monday to unveil a comprehensive report that seeks to address the huge challenges faced by Latino youth.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Opera is done up differently, etchings are made personal, and Italian films on fresh prints.

Prince George's Schools Ordered To Pay Millions To Foreign Teachers

The public school system in Maryland's Prince George's County is being ordered to pay millions of dollars to more than a thousand foreign teachers, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Consider This With Fred Fiske: Joining The (Discount) Club

This week, Fred Fiske considers discount membership clubs, where "grazing" may be delectable but the bulk sizes can get out of hand.

King Assassination Marked With Workers' Rally In D.C.

Monday marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Local union members and representatives of the NAACP used the occasion to rally support for workers around the region.