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Monday, April 9, 2012

GOP Lawmakers Rally Against EPA's New Coal Plant Rules

Republican lawmakers are fighting a proposed EPA rule that would limit emissions levels allowed from new coal-fired power plants, but Democrats say it's necessary to fight global warming. 

Metro Reduces Fare Hike Projections For Next Year

Metro fares won't increase as much as originally predicted next year, according to the D.C.-area transit agency.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, April 9

Keeping the faith with theater and taking some chances with music.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

West Virginia Mine Closes Two Years After Explosion

A West Virginia mine is sealing its site permanently after a deadly explosion killed 29 people two years ago.

Web Series Attract Growing, Loyal Fan Bases

As more entertainment makes the jump to the Internet, web series are beginning to draw attention and interest.

CBS News Correspondent Mike Wallace Dies

Legendary journalist Mike Wallace has died at 93.

Northern Virginia Aims To Combat Human Trafficking

Federal prosecutors in Northern Virginia filed charges in 16 different cases involving human trafficking over the last year.

Two Occupy DC Groups Plan To Merge

Washington's two ongoing Occupy DC groups will be joining forces at one location.

Maryland Lawmakers Continue Working On Budget Agreement

The Maryland General Assembly held a special weekend session in an effort to hammer out a budget agreement ahead of a Monday evening's deadline.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Maryland Health Officials Warn Against Using Baczol

Maryland health officials are warning against using Baczol, a product often marketed as a pediatric cold medicine.

Virginia Farmers Fear Frost Possibility

Virginia farmers are worried their crops could suffer from a damaging cold snap.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Heroin Smuggler Gets 14 Years In Virginia

The leader of a heroin smuggling ring was extradicted from his native Ghana to Virginia, and has now been sentenced to 14 years behind bars.

Septic Bill Nears Passage In Maryland

A bill that would allow counties to restrict the placement of septic systems has passed Maryland's House of Delegates over the objections of some who say it represents overreach by the state government.

April Named 'Distracted Driving' Month In Virginia

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is callig April "Distracted Driving month," to raise awareness about the dangers of operating an automobile with one's attention averted.

Before Same-Sex Marriage, Calls For Same-Sex Divorce In Maryland

The bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland doesn't take effect until 2013, and likely faces a ballot challenge before that, but already some are calling for the state to legalize same-sex divorce.