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Saturday, April 16, 2011

McDonnell Signs Bills To Protect Sexual And Domestic Violence Victims

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has signed into law 12 bills aimed at protecting and improving services for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Friday, April 15, 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Arlington Co. Elementary Packs Weekend Meals For Homeless Students

Students in Arlington County, Virginia are getting ready to go on spring break. While many of them look forward to the respite from classes, these breaks can prove difficult for students that rely on subsidized breakfast and lunch in school.

One school in the county is testing out a program to make sure needy students don't have to take a break from nutrition as well.

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.

Metro Committee Approves Contract Amid Ethics Questions

Metro is moving forward with a $200 million contract extension for the company that operates its Metro Access service, despite some questions about whether the contractor may have engaged in unethical lobbying.

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.

Alexandria To Consider Waterfront Hotels

City planners in Alexandria, Va., want to overturn a longstanding ban on hotels along the waterfront. But the proposal is facing some serious resistance.

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.

Commentary By Ciara Smith: Finding The Courage To Be Yourself

The bond between a mother and her daughter is a special one, but as commentator Ciara Smith notes, it's also one that can make honest communication sometimes difficult.

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