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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lincoln Movie To Film In Virginia

A major motion picture on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg is set be filmed in Virginia.

Secure Communities Prompts Immigrant Activism In Montgomery County

Come this fall, Montgomery County police will have to comply with a new immigration enforcement program, but that hasn't stopped activists from protesting the measure.

Authorities Investigate House Explosion In Rockville

UPDADE: Maryland fire officials now say that an improperly installed gas dryer led to Wednesday's home explosion in Rockville.

Va. Governor Cuts PBS Funding

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell got the last word in his quest to cut funding for public radio and television, vetoing just the one item funding PBS in the voluminous state budget -- and signing everything else.

Prince Charles Visits Urban Farm in D.C.

An urban farm in Washington D.C. got the royal treatment Tuesday as England's Prince Charles flew in to tour it.

Report: Va. Children's Mental Health Services Lacking

Administrators with the nonprofit advocacy group Voices for Virginia's Children say there's a lack of community mental health services for children across the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Commercial Property Tax Hike Rejected By Alexandria City Council

In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council have rejected a proposal that would have singled out commercial properties for a higher tax rate to help pay for transportation projects. Instead, council members decided to raise taxes on everybody.

College Campuses Could Change Work-Life Culture

There's no question jobs that offer work-flex policies are in demand these days -- jobs that can offer employees options to work at home and skip the long commute. But some say those opportunities are often reserved for elite white-collar professionals. One local university is leading the charge to make a change in the work-life culture.

Pressure Mounts On O'Malley To Veto Waste-To-Energy Bill

In Maryland, a growing coalition is urging Gov. Martin O'Malley to veto legislation that enhances incentives for facilities that create energy by incinerating trash.

Once Segregated Va. School To Become Civil Rights Center

A new center for the study of civil rights in education will open this summer in Prince Edward County, Va. What was once an all-black high school will soon house The Robert Russa Moton Museum.

Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Honored At Blue Mass

The area's law enforcement community is remembering those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Tuesday, officers from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies gathered at a church in downtown D.C. for the annual Blue Mass.

Preakness: There's an App for That

Maryland horse racing fans can now turn to a special smart phone app for the latest Preakness updates and other racing news.

SEALs Get Donations Following Bin Laden Death

A foundation that provides financial assistance for the families of Navy SEALs is getting a boost from online donors following Osama bin Laden's death.

Maryland Casinos Bring In $13.6 Million

The Maryland Lottery says the state's two casinos had about $13.6 million in gross revenue for April.

Howard County Approves Speed Cameras

Slow down -- speed cameras are coming to Maryland's Howard County.

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