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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Board Recommends Names For Sliver Line Metro Stations

In Virginia, there are now proposed names for some of the Metrorail stations that will eventually open on the new Silver Line.

Frederick County Teen Accused Of Taking Loaded Gun To School

In Maryland, the 15-year-old boy who was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun into a Frederick County high school made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Virginia Honors Women With A Monument

It won't be long before Virginia women are officially recognized on the grounds of the State Capitol for their contributions to the Commonwealth and the nation.

Fairfax Superintendent Recommends Changes To Discipline Policy

In Virginia, the superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools has unveiled his proposal for revamping the district's student discipline process.

Montgomery County Could Start Charging For Saturday Parking In Bethesda

Bethesda is one of the most popular spots in Maryland for shoppers and restaurant-goers on weekends. But those who head there may be paying more to do so if county executive Isiah Leggett's budget proposal is passed.

House Votes To Revive D.C. School Voucher Program

UPDATE: The U.S. House has voted to revive the District's controversial school voucher program.

Virginia Governor Proposes Amendments To Autism Bill

Autism advocates in Virginia have seen legislation mandating insurance coverage for autism-related treatments get all the way to the governor's desk this year. And now Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing some changes.

Maryland News Roundup

Senate passes $14.6 billion budget with fee increases; IWIF premium exemption extension killed; Miller says transgender discrimination bill won't see light of day; families of victims testify for stiffer penalties against negligent drivers who kill; anti-poaching bills swim through legislature; farm protection bill faces setbacks: sponsor "sickened" by politicking; Bring Your Own Wine bill dead; and Leslie Johnson gets May court date.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Pints and presence, locked up for laughter and bare necessities.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Council Tackles Nepotism, Sulaimon Brown In Day 1 Of Gray Hiring Probe

The D.C. Council will hold a second day of testimony in its probe of the hiring practices of the Gray administration. Day One featured an unscheduled appearance by one of the key figures.

Gray Returns To 'One City' Theme In State Of The District Address

Amid an administration rocked by scandals and investigations, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray returned to his campaign theme of "One City" in his state of the District address.

Environment Group Wants Maryland Regulation On Fertilizers

In Maryland, fertilizer used for lawns is being blamed for pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia Tech Gets Maximum Fine For 2007 Shooting

The Department of Education has leveled the maximum fine allowable on Virginia Tech for the 2007 shooting massacre that left 33 people, including the gunman, dead.

Maryland Gender-Identification Bill Passes In House

In Maryland, a bill designed to protect residents against discrimination based on gender identity has been approved by the House. Advocates are now hoping for similar action in the state Senate.

Governor McDonnell Kicks Off 'Virginia At Work' Tour

In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell is in the midst of a two-week tour around the state to promote job growth and economic development.

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