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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Virginia: How Much Info On State Employees Should Be Public?

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council is weighing whether the law should allow the public access to the names, positions and compensation of state employees.

Many Streams Suffer In Chesapeake Bay Watershed

There's less pollution draining into the Chesapeake Bay from rivers and streams in the watershed according to long term data, but the majority of streams remain in poor health.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

There's Arena's "A Time to Kill", Hub's "Clockmaker", and Reston's visual art.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mayor's Budget Faces Scrutiny From D.C. Residents

In the District, city residents got a chance Monday to weigh in on Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed budget. They made their feelings known during a marathon hearing at the D.C. Council.

MoCo Council Rejects Proposal To Cut Union Benefits

In Maryland, it's back to the drawing board for lawmakers in Montgomery County when it comes to cutting benefits for unionized employees.

D.C. Teachers Protest At School Vouchers Conference

In the District, more than 100 teachers and union officials protested Monday at a conference on school vouchers, the day before a speech by former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Quality Is Better, Streams Still Poor

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey say the quality of water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay is improving over the long term, but streams are still in poor condition.

Virginia Senator's Website Collects Thanks for Navy SEALs

In Virginia, hundreds of people are saying thanks to the Navy SEALs who conducted the raid which brought down Osama bin Laden. They’re doing it with some help from Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Consider This: Hiring Ex-Offenders During High Unemployment

You've heard the expression, "Damned if you do, damned if you don't." You've also read, I'm sure, that the stickiest problem facing the United States is unemployment.

Latest Maryland News

Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will announce today in Annapolis a public-private partnership to provide affordable housing for people with disabilities.

Latest D.C. News

Police say they are looking for three men who tied up and beat the occupants of a home during a robbery over the weekend in D.C. MPD officials say two of the three people in the house were beaten and tied up and the other was forced to search the home at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

Latest Virginia News

RESTON, Va. (AP) Fire officials say a commuter bus has collided with another vehicle on the Dulles Airport Access Highway in Reston, injuring up to 10 people. There were no life-threatening injuries. Traffic was being diverted from the access highway onto the Dulles Toll Road.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com DREAM ACT FIGHT: Dels. Nic Kipke and Steve Schuh are knocking on doors to fight a new bill that allows illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at Maryland's community colleges and universities, writes Tim Pratt of the Annapolis Capital.

Falling Price Of Crude Oil May Have Effect On Gas Prices

A rapid drop in the price of crude oil has analysts wondering whether lower gas prices are in our future.

D.C. Income Tax Hike Gets Support In New Poll

The battle over the budget is heating up in the District, including the discussion on Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed income tax hike.

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