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Friday, April 13, 2012

Warm Temps Stir Chesapeake Bay Wildlife

Scientists say record warm temperatures have affected wildlife around the Chesapeake Bay.

D.C. Building Heights Rule Could Be Relaxed

D.C.'s strict height limits for buildings could be relaxed if some city and Congressional leaders get their way.

Alexandria Waterfront Plan On Hold After Board Rules For Opponents

Challengers to the Alexandria waterfront redevelopment plan won a hard-fought victory Thursday night when the city's Board of Zoning Appeals granted their challenge to the proposal. City leaders are planning an emergency response.

Absentee Ballots To Be Counted In At-Large Council Race

D.C. elections board officials will begin sorting through absentee ballots today in an attempt to determine whether Vincent Orange or Sekou Biddle is the winner of the Democratic primary in the at-large D.C. Council race.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

O'Malley Exercising Patience With Special Session

Appearing on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on Thursday, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley explained how he wants to be patient and build a consensus before calling a special session to hash out a budget.

Van Hollen Pushes To Tap Tax Havens

Maryland Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen says he wants to close corporate loopholes to help ease the burden on American taxpayers, but has so far met resistance by Republicans.

Fairfax Gang Members Plead Guilty In Prostitution Ring

Two of the five members arrested as part of a street gang based out of Fairfax County have pleaded guilty to their roles in running a prostitution ring which is said to have employed underage girls.

Competing For Wind: Green Passport Games Open Across DC

Green Passport DC is a new game that gives environmentally-conscious area residents monetary awards for going around and checking out the area's many wind-powered businesses.

Analysis: Maryland Ratifies 17th Amendment Close To Signing Centennial

In an otherwise turbulent legislative session, Maryland voted to ratify the 17th amendment to the Constitution 100 years after it went into effect. State senator and professor Jamie Raskin discusses the amendment's meaning to the populist movement.

Old Coal Mine Will Provide FSU Food

The EPA plans to covert old coal-mining land into greenhouses that will provide food for students at Frostburg State University.

Smithsonian Unveils New 'American Stories' Exhibit

A  new section of the National Museum of American History provides a succinct chronology of the United States' story. 

Minorities Make Up Small Portion Of Virginia Legislature

Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling says he'd like to see the state's GOP reach out to more minorities and get more women elected to the General Assembly.

Virginia Transportation Chief Addresses Regional Coordination

A Maryland resident is concerned with how Virginia's transportation projects will affect the region's commute.

D.C. Taxi Fare Increase Starts April 21

Taxi fares in D.C. are going up starting April 21, after the D.C. Taxicab Commission approved a fare hike Wednesday.

Fans Celebrate Baseball, Nats' Home Opener

With the Nationals' home opener against the Reds, fans from around the Washington D.C. area weigh in on the sport of baseball and what it means to them.