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Friday, April 15, 2011

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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.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

FAA Adds Second Controller To Night Shift At Reagan Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration has added a second air traffic controller to late night shifts at Reagan National Airport.

The change comes after a lone tower controller fell asleep while on duty last month and failed to assist two pilots who were set to land planes at the airport.

D.C. Looks To Cap Special Education Costs

Almost three thousand D.C. students with physical and emotional disabilities attend private schools both in and out of the District at taxpayers' expense. The cost is about three times that of the national average for similar students.

Suspect Arrested In Alexandria Barbershop Shooting

A suspect is in custody after a deadly shooting in a Fairfax County shopping center Wednesday.

Police arrested Hung T. Nguyen of Annandale, Va. late Wednesday after he turned himself in at a Fairfax County police station. Nguyen has been charged with murder.

Construction Workers Demand Rights

Local construction workers are accusing a subcontractor of rights violations and demanding accountability by the federal government.

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.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

A craft show, an art festival, and other ways to shirk tax time.

Arlington Schools Help Hungry Students Beyond School Walls

An elementary school in Arlington County, Va., is partnering with a local food bank to help hungry students get the nutrition they need even when they head home for the weekend.

Stink Bugs May Be Reunited With Old Nemesis

Stink Bugs were introduced from Asia to Allentown, Penn., in the '90s and have been spreading outward, including to the D.C. region. They're a nuisance in homes, but for farmers they're a dangerous pest that can destroy crops. The USDA is looking to control the insects by importing their natural predator: parasitic Asian wasp.

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