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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Northern Va. Residents Wake Up To Minor Storm Damage

In Virginia, five people are dead after a line of powerful storms swept across the state late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Several thousand people still remain without power, and the governor has declared a state of emergency.

Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday In Montgomery County

For residents of Montgomery County, this weekend is the time to clean out that medicine cabinet. The county's police department is holding a prescription drug take-back day Saturday at several police stations.

Virginia Governor Declares State Of Emergency

UPDATE: Officials have reduced the number of storm deaths in Virginia to five, rather than eight. Four of the five deaths were in Washington County.

Healthy Schools: D.C. Tries To Teach Students Good Habits

Four out of every 10 D.C. public school students are overweight or obese. The D.C. City Council passed the Healthy Schools Act as a way to tackle the problem.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) A judge says the District of Columbia police department doesn't have to search a Virginia landfill for a woman who's been missing since August and is presumed dead. Prosecutors argued the search would be dangerous, expensive and had a minimal chance of success.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) Former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer has been remembered as a longtime cheerleader for the city during a political career that lasted more than 50 years. Funeral services were held Wednesday for the 89-year-old, who was Baltimore's mayor from 1971 to 1986 and governor from 1987 to 1995.

Maryland News Roundup

FINAL FAREWELL: Jean Marbella of the Sun writes about the funeral service celebrating William Donald Schaefer's life. The church was filled with leaders in Maryland politics, business and community life: Gov. Martin O'Malley, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the state’s congressional delegation and Baltimore City Council members.

Death Toll Of Five After Tornado In Southwestern Virginia

UPDATE: Officials have reduced the number of deaths from storms in Virginia to five, rather than eight. A spokesperson from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management says communication problems with officials on the scene in Washington County resulted in a double count of some of the victims.

Coastal Flood Advisory In Effect

A coastal flood advisory will be in effect until 8 p.m. The advisory includes areas along the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters Protest Outside Leggett's Home

Professional firefighters in Montgomery County seeking concessions in county's 2012 budget proposal demonstrated in front of the home of County Executive Ike Leggett Wednesday.

Parents Urge Fairfax Schools To Bring Back Honors Courses

The Fairfax County Public Schools Board is getting ready to resume talks about the budget for the coming year, and for some parents, reinstating honors courses is a top priority.

‘Briefcase Brigades’ Look To Lawmakers For Answers

Ian Maggard is a 24-year-old college student looking for answers. And he says he represents an entire generation of Americans under 30 questioning the growing unemployment rate among their peers that now tops 14 percent and looming budget cuts that might result in reducing federal grants for college students.

D.C. Police To Crack Down On Littering

Police in the District will soon begin cracking down on litter-bugs. Fines begin at $75.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A motley crew, Korean cinema, District dance, and the electric years of Mr. Miles Davis.

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