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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Virginia Legislative Redistricting Session Ends With Vacancies For Two Supreme Court Justices

The Virginia General Assembly ended its legislative redistricting session this week without taking care of another pressing matter. Lawmakers still need to select two new state Supreme Court justices.

Former Gray HR Director Grilled at Hearing on Hirings

In the District, another day of hearings into the hiring practices of the Gray administration.

Chesapeake Expressway Toll Triples

Millions of tourists making their way to North Carolina's Outer Banks will soon pay more to drive through Virginia to get there.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Boat Club Won't Budge, So Alexandria Scales Back Waterfront Plan

Planners in Alexandria are finally facing the fact that a proposed park at the end of King Street -- once considered the soul of a plan for the city's Potomac River waterfront -- is not going to happen.

Metro Fires Technicians Who Left Escalator Hatch Open, Injuring Rider

A Metro rider is recovering from serious injuries after she fell through an escalator hatch accidentally left open, and Metro’s top safety executives are now wondering how it happened.

In Attempt To Shut Down Coal Plant, Alex. Residents Test For Mercury

As part of an ongoing effort to close the GenOn coal plant in Alexandria, the Sierra Club is inviting residents to have their hair tested for toxins.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Art comes in myriad forms, including carnage, streams, dance, and homegrown music.

For Teens, A Healthier Life Is Not Always In Reach

Many teens live in perfect situations to pack on pounds: access to high calorie foods and limited opportunities for exercise. But for some D.C. teens who want to live healthier lifestyles, making the change requires overcoming greater challenges.

At D.C. Hiring Hearing, One Of Five Witnesses Appear

Friday is the third day of hearings into D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's questionable hiring practices at the Wilson Building.

Activists Rally To 'Save The Frogs'

Pro-amphibian activists are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency for additional limits on pesticides and increased protections for the area's frogs.

Judge Dismisses Alleged Torture Victim's Lawsuit

In Virginia, a judge has ordered a teen to refile a lawsuit in which alleges he was tortured in Kuwait and couldn't get home because he is on the U.S. government's no-fly list.

Maryland Governor Pushes For Changes In The Gas Tax

Gov. Martin O'Malley is talking transportation Friday and challenging a panel to come up with new and better revenue plans that move away from taxing gas by the gallon.

D.C. Dons Its Hats For Royal Wedding

The doors opened early at pubs around the D.C. area this morning for people eager to get a glimpse of Britain's royal wedding.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) A high-ranking Baltimore school official has resigned after questions were raised about his education, which includes degrees from institutions criticized as "diploma mills." Kevin Seawright stepped down from a $135,000-a-year post as the public school system's deputy chief operating officer.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Rescuers say a person has been pulled out of rubble in Washington County. Emergency management officials say the person was taken to a local hospital. A powerful tornado hit the Glade Spring area yesterday, packing winds of up to 165 miles per hour. Governor McDonnell is expected to tour the area today.

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