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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

O'Malley Signs First Batch Of Bills From General Assembly

Among the bills Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed just hours after the legislature adjourned for the year were measures that build the framework for the state to implement the federal health-care reform act.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington's sewer authority has produced a new cartoon to explain the largest construction project in its history. The four-minute cartoon titled "A Drop's Life" features two raindrops making their way through the city's sewer system and into new tunnels planned to prevent sewage overflows.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A man who served seven years in prison for a 1979 rape has been declared innocent because of DNA testing. The Virginia Supreme Court granted a writ of actual innocence to Calvin Wayne Cunningham today.

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) A program that works to identify illegal immigrants in prisons and jails is expanding to western Maryland. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced today that it has launched the Secure Communities program in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.

Virginia Welcomes Ballplayer Pete Hill To His Proper Home

History is riddled with mistakes. One of those mistakes concerns the birthplace of a little-known player in the Baseball Hall of Fame. A new historical marker in rural north central Virginia sets the record straight.

Alcohol Tax, Immigrant In-State Tuition Bills Pass Md. Legislature

In the final few hours of the 2011 session, the Maryland State Senate approved a slew of bills, including one that will allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition at state colleges.

Wisconsin Ave Reopens After Closure

D.C. police have reopened the southbound lanes of Wisconsin Avenue NW, after the road was shut for almost two hours Tuesday morning.

Metro Hikes Not Keeping People From Riding During Peak Hours

Riders may not like paying an extra 20 cents to take Metrorail during peak hours, but Metro says last year's price bump is not stopping people from riding during the height of rush hours.

Gas Prices Squeeze Consumers

This week the price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline hit an average of $3.77. Many analysts say it won't be long until we reach the $4 mark, and some have even predicted $5 gas by late summer.

Mayor Gray, Protesters Released After Arrests on Capitol Hill

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and 40 others have been released after they were arrested Monday on Capitol Hill after they sat down in the middle of Constitution Avenue to protest the budget riders or policy announcements included in the federal budget deal that lawmakers struck to avert a government shutdown.

Proposed Adoption Rule Change Riles Social Conservatives

In Virginia, faith-based adoption agencies are pressuring Republican Governor Bob McDonnell to reject a revision to state adoption rules that could pave the way for same sex adoptions.

But it's not entirely clear what the revision would even accomplish.

Activists Look To Increase Play In D.C. Schools

It’s testing time for D.C. schools. But amid the assessments, some activists say it’s important for educators to carve out time for play.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Playwrights both amateur and professional, plus Kronos Quartet.

Budget Deal Allows D.C. To Offer Internet Gambling

The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling. The city is moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas.

Civil Rights Groups: Banks Discriminate Against Pr. George's Residents

Prince George's County, Md., has seen more foreclosures than any other parts of the D.C. region, and some civil rights groups are accusing banks of discriminating against county residents, who are predominately African-American.