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Monday, April 11, 2011

D.C. Abortion Providers Balk At Congressional Budget Rider

To avoid a shutdown of the federal government, lawmakers reached a compromise that reinstates a ban on the District government using its own funds to pay for abortions. Local abortion providers are up in arms over the decision.

Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Pushed Back To Committee

A bill in Maryland that would have protected transgendered individuals from housing and employment discrimination has been killed for this year.

‘Art Beat’ With Sean Rameswaram

April 11, 2011 – A peacock room, a ballroom, and Russia’s finest.

Gas Prices Drive Consumers To Cut Back

As gas prices in the region rise to an average of $3.50 per gallon for regular unleaded, there is evidence drivers are buying less gas and cutting back on their time spent behind the wheel.

Consider This, With Fred Fiske

This week, Fred Fiske considers Japan's future after last month's earthquake and multiple tsunamis.

Maryland In-State Tuition Bill For Illegal Immigrants In Jeopardy

In Maryland, a bill that would allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges seems unlikely to pass on the final day of the General Assembly's yearly session.

Arlington Fiscal Board Seeks To Limit Housing Grants Budget In 2012

In the last six years, the housing grant program in Arlington has almost doubled — creating concern among many members of the county's Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission.

Ashburn Man Pleads Guilty In Al-Qaida Bomb Plot

A man from Northern Virginia has pleaded guilty to joining what he thought was an al-Qaida plot to bomb the Washington region's Metrorail system.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington National Cathedral is hosting an interfaith prayer service for the people of Japan to mark one month since that country was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki is expected to attend the service Monday evening. It's scheduled for 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal judge says the government can use as evidence emails between a former Virginia legislator facing prosecution on bribery and extortion charges and his spouse. Phillip A. Hamilton, former vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is scheduled to go on trial May 2 in Richmond.

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) A 50 percent hike to Maryland's sales tax on alcohol has been approved by the House of Delegates. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration on the final day of the General Assembly session. It would increase the alcohol tax from 6 percent to 9 percent and is expected to raise about $85 million a year.

Call In To Have Your Question Answered By Gov. O'Malley

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Gov. Martin O'Malley is planning to answer questions from the public on Maryland Public Television shortly before the close of the 2011 legislative session.

Male Intruder In Georgetown University Dorm

Public safety officials at Georgetown University are warning students to be cautious after reports of a male intruder in one of the dorms.

Woman Struck By Metro Train

A woman is suffering serious, but non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a Metro train at the Bethesda station Monday morning.

Maryland Gov. Hopes For Wind Energy In Future Legislative Session

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he knew that the wind energy bill he introduced in February would be a high hurdle to clear in the state legislature. The bill stalled in the State Senate last week just before the end of the session, but O'Malley hopes it'll have a chance in a future legislative session.

O'Malley reflected on the 2011 legislative session during WAMU's Morning Edition. The final day of the session is today, April 11.