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Friday, April 15, 2011

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A couple of Washington museums go green, but the music keeps things blue.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about Mayor Vincent Gray's protest of the congressional budget that led to his arrest.

Weekend Metro Work To Cause Delays

Several Metro stations will be closed this weekend due to maintenance work. Riders on the Orange line should expect delays as the agency closes five stations for most of the weekend.

Capitals Face Off Against Rangers In Game Two Friday

The Washington Capitals are looking to keep up the momentum tonight in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the New York Rangers.

District Celebrates Emancipation Day

Saturday is the anniversary of the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed an act that freed thousands of slaves in the District, nine months before the broader Emancipation Proclamation. Since the 16th is a Saturday this year, the city holiday is being observed Friday. As a result, D.C. government is closed and other changes are in effect as well.

Virginia Deals With Prescription Drug Disposal

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is leading an effort to confront trouble with prescription drugs on two fronts: proper medication disposal and prescription drug abuse among teenagers.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:WINNERS, LOSERS: The Gazette posts its winners and losers in the just concluded General Assembly session.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters Want To Keep EMT Benefit

Council members in Montgomery County, Md. have about a month to okay a new budget but nailing down what will be cut is getting more and more difficult.

DOD Project Gets More Funding, But Ramp Construction Is Delayed

In Virginia, the arrival of more than 6,000 federal workers to the new Department of Defense complex along I-395 is just months away, and federal lawmakers have freed up $20 million in funding for transportation improvements in the area. But this week brought good and bad news for those concerned.

Students Banned From Sharing Food After Suspected Marijuana Cupcake

Students at Frederick High School in Maryland are no longer allowed to bring food to share at lunchtime, after some ate a cupcake that may have been laced with marijuana.

Three Arrested In Emancipation Day Protest

About 100 protesters used Emancipation Day to underscore that the District is still under the thumb of congress. Three protesters, including shadow Sen. Michael Brown, sat in the street and blocked traffic in front of the Senate's Hart Building. They were later arrested.

D.C. Abortion Fund Raises 25K For Patients Facing Medicaid Cut-Off

After the policy riders in the budget deal agreed to by members of Congress last week, local Medicaid money can no longer be used to pay for abortion care in the District of Columbia.

But advocacy groups in D.C. weren't expecting it to cut off as soon as it did.

Teachers' Union Protests Washington Post

Members of the Washington Teachers' Union are protesting The Washington Post, saying the newspaper scapegoats teachers in the name of education reform.

Power Breakfast: Border Security Vs. Environment

From Capitol News Connection - Today two Utah Republicans hold a joint Congressional hearing to highlight the thorny relationship between environmental protection and border security.

Catholic University Students Recognized For Solar Picnic Table

Six students at Catholic University received $3,000 to split amongst themselves for designing a solar picnic table.

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