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Friday, March 2, 2012

Effort To Overturn 'Kings Dominion Law' Shot Down

Virginia's 'King's Dominion law' prevails once again, as a state senate committee thwarted efforts this week to allow schools in the state to begin before Labor Day.

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Steps Closer To Passage

The bill mandating ultrasound sound exams for women seeking abortions in Virginia is another step closer to Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature.

Opponents Of Metro Fare Hikes Say Increases Are Too Much

Metro customers turned out to oppose fare hikes at a Metro board public hearing Thursday. Speakers said the increases could be prohibitive for those on fixed incomes.

Advocates Celebrate Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signing

The mood was celebratory among gay rights advocates in Maryland after the state's same-sex marriage bill was signed into law Thursday.

Door To Door: Petworth, D.C.

This week, we go back in time to visit the Petworth of decades past.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Virginia Voter ID Law Passes State Senate

A law requiring Virginia voters to show identification has passed the state senate. Some voting rights advocates say its a blatant attempt to disenfranchise voters, but others defend it as necessary to prevent fraud.

Virginia Lawmakers Take Another Crack At Budget Compromise

After coming to a stand-still that could have left Virginia without a budget for the coming year, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to thaw the budget process with some compromise.

Area Senators Help Kill Contraception Amendment

An amendment that would have allowed employers to to decide whether or not to cover contraceptives based on their religious beliefs was killed in the Senate today, with the help of area lawmakers.

D.C. Committee Approves Food Truck Tax

The growing food truck scene in the District has filled the stomach of many hungry residents. A bill that made it through committeewould slap the small businesses with a 10 percent sales tax that they would likely have to pass along to customers.

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signed Into Law

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state on Thursday, making Maryland the eighth state, including D.C., to do so.

Alleged East Coast Rapist Will Stand Trial

The man known as the 'East Coast Rapist,' who stands accused of raping two Dale City, Va. girls in 2009, has been ruled competent to stand trial on Thursday.

Virginia's 'Tebow Bill' Dies In Committee

A bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate on sports teams at public schools has died, after a committee voted it down 8-7 Thursday.

Kaiser Permanente Expands Operations In D.C. Region

The non-profit health provider Kaiser Permanente is expanding their operations in the D.C. region -- building four new medical centers and expanding two others.

Cherry Blossoms Will Arrive Early This Year

The cherry blossoms are scheduled to arrive earlier this year after a light winter -- meaning the peak bloom will coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Monday, March 5, 2012

In Experimental School, Tight-Knit Community Helps Students Succeed

High school graduation rates are notoriously poor in areas of high poverty. But the Baltimore Talent Development High School has had remarkable results getting students to graduation using a specialized curriculum, and providing each student with an adult who truly cares about their success.