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Friday, April 15, 2011

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WASHINGTON (AP) Metro will hold public hearings and town hall meetings next month on possible service cuts and other measures to help reduce a $72.5 million operating budget gap. The proposed service cuts will be discussed at public hearings scheduled for May 16 through May 20.

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.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governor says he has concerns with lawmakers' legislative redistricting plan and has vetoed it. Governor McDonnell says the proposed districts don't properly preserve locality boundaries and communities of interest.

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.

For Some, Emancipation Day Equals One More Day Of Tax Procrastination

Among all the other perks of the city holiday that is D.C.'s Emancipation Day -- no parking meters! school is closed! -- there's one that a much larger audience is sure to appreciate: the extension of the 2011 Internal Revenue Service tax deadline.

'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.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bluegrass Legend Hazel Dickens To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Hazel Dickens -- the bluegrass music legend -- is receiving the Washington Monument Award for Lifetime Achievement Saturday. The award will be presented Saturday at the D.C. Bluegrass Festival, which is sponsored by WAMU's Bluegrass Country.

Metro To Formulate Budget Menu

Metro is narrowing down its options to fill a $74 million gap in its budget for the coming fiscal year.

Budget Cuts Coming To Montgomery County Fire Department

The Montgomery County, Md., has held hearings all week on the $300 million that County Executive Isiah Leggett has proposed cutting from the budget, and with about a month to go before the budget must be passed, things are beginning to get testy.

Proliferation of Food Trucks May Prompt Change in Law

The proliferation of food trucks has some D.C. lawmakers considering changes to how these mobile vendors are regulated and taxed. Right now, food trucks are exempted from the city's sales tax.

Local Medicaid Money Pulled Early From D.C. Abortion Funding

A group in D.C. that helps women pay for abortion care discovered late Wednesday night that local Medicaid dollars could no longer be applied, effective immediately.

Author Reveals White House's Black History

Washington, D.C. is home to the most famous house in America: the White House. But for many African-Americans, this legendary building represents a rarely discussed history of exclusion and inequality.

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