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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Governor McDonnell Kicks Off 'Virginia At Work' Tour

In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell is in the midst of a two-week tour around the state to promote job growth and economic development.

Streets Near Suspicious Vehicle Reopen In D.C.

For more than a hour Tuesday federal law enforcement officials closed down several streets near the National Air and Space Museum in the District, as they investigated a suspicious vehicle. The scene has since been cleared and streets have been reopened.

Lawmaker Proposes Extending Smoking Ban In Montgomery County

Smoking is already banned in all workplaces, bars and restaurants in Montgomery County. Now, one county council member wants to expand the ban to public areas of apartment buildings and townhouse developments where smoking is currently allowed.

Leslie Johnson Attends Council Meeting Days After Conspiracy Charge

In Maryland, Prince George's County Council Member Leslie Johnson is continuing with her council work -- days after prosecutors filed a criminal information document charging her with conspiracy to commit evidence and witness tampering.

Fire Breaks Out In Franklin Towers In D.C.

In the District, fire officials are trying to determine what caused Tuesday morning's fire at the Franklin Towers located downtown at 1401 I Street Northwest.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com: UM officials worry about further cuts; Rocky Gap gets lower tax rate, racetracks closer to getting state subsidies, but with curbs; wind farm proposal still struggling; O'Malley helps form new group to push talented young Dem officials; restaurateurs join fight against State Center; and University of Maryland Eastern Shore flips the switch on its large solar farm.

Latest Maryland News

A chemist with the Food and Drug Administration has been arrested in Maryland with his son and both are facing insider trading charges.

Latest D.C. News

National Public Radio is suspending its search for a top news executive while its board searches for a new chief executive officer.

Latest Virginia News

The University of Virginia has identified the student who died after falling from the roof of the physics building at the Charlottesville school.

Daytime Robbery At National Mall Under Investigation

As hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to downtown Washington and the Tidal Basin for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, it appears some thieves could be waiting to strike.

Needle Exchange Could Lose Funding

A program in the District to fight HIV/AIDS by providing clean needles to drug users is at risk of losing its federal funding, and that has local activists taking the fight to Capitol Hill.

Power Breakfast: Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Cyber-crime Investigators

From Capitol News Connection:

Today, before she returns to Washington, South Florida, Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz is going to her own state capital to get involved in a way that's a bit unusual for any member of Congress.

Council Tackles Nepotism, Sulaimon Brown In Day 1 Of Gray Hiring Probe

The D.C. Council will hold a second day of testimony in its probe of the hiring practices of the Gray administration. Day One featured an unscheduled appearance by one of the key figures.

Gray Returns To 'One City' Theme In State Of The District Address

Amid an administration rocked by scandals and investigations, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray returned to his campaign theme of "One City" in his state of the District address.

Environment Group Wants Maryland Regulation On Fertilizers

In Maryland, fertilizer used for lawns is being blamed for pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

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