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Monday, April 4, 2011

Virginia Redistricting Begins In Earnest, Loudoun Awaits Changes

Virginia state lawmakers get together in Richmond Monday to start comparing competing plans for redrawing the state's political boundaries, and some of the biggest changes are likely to happen in Northern Virginia.

Looming Budget Showdown Between Gray And Brown Over Taxes

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's proposal to tax the city's wealthiest households sets up a showdown with Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

VCU Loses In Final Four But Gains Spotlight And Recognition

The Virginia Commonwealth University lost in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament but the school is hoping all the attention will bring in more money and better recruits.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Local Farmers Fear Stink Bugs During Growing Season

Stink bugs aren't just a nuisance to homeowners, they are also destructive pests that can ruin crops. Local farmers in Maryland and Virginia are very concerned as the growing season approaches.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Governors Wager Over NCAA Final Four Game

Virginia Commonwealth University's men's basketball team plays in the NCAA Final Four Saturday night against Butler University. There's more riding on the game than a chance to play for the championship.

Free Saturday Parking Could End In Bethesda

Parking is free Saturday in Bethesda, Md. But that may not last.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Dizzy Passengers Divert American Airlines Flight

Airline officials are trying to find out what made some people on a flight Friday morning out of Reagan National airport dizzy. There were 132-passengers on board the flight and it had to be diverted to Ohio.

Latest Maryland News

A Maryland advocacy group is holding a news conference to discuss toxins and developmental disease.

Latest Virginia News

A former Virginia prison guard has been sentenced to two years of home confinement and five years of probation.

Metro Escalator Problems Cause Delays

All of the escalators at the Foggy Bottom Metro station are out of service, causing delays for riders Friday morning.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talked with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the allegations against Mayor Vincent Gray's administration and Gov. Bob McDonnell's new practice of vetoing bills.

U.S. Traffic Deaths Drop To Lowest Level Since 1940s

Americans are less likely to be killed in highway crashes these days than any time in the last 60 years.

Power Breakfast: Seven Days And Counting To Prevent A Government Shutdown

From Capitol News Connection:

The deadline is one week from today. Either Congress will have finalized and approved an agreement to keep the government funded and functional...or not,in which case, an immediate shutdown will freeze federal benefits and services.

Circulator Riders Not Happy About Cuts

Starting today, D.C. is cutting one of the routes of its popular Circulator bus service. The District is also proposing more cuts for later this year, and loyal Circulator riders are not happy.

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