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Friday, March 25, 2011

Arlington County Firefighters Honored For Their Service On 9/11

In Virginia, members of the Arlington County Police Department are being honored for their service on Sept. 11.

Power Breakfast: Senators Speak About Nuclear Energy

From Capitol News Connection:

Before they scattered to their respective corners for the week, Senators fielded questions about nuclear energy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Arlington Receives Pentagon Stone Recovered On 9/11

In Virginia, the Arlington County Fire Department is receiving an 800-pound stone that was recovered from the Pentagon on 9/11.

'Prize Patrol' Doles Out Scholarships To D.C. Students

The George Washington University "prize patrol" is offering full-ride scholarships to a handful of outstanding D.C. high school seniors for their academic achievements and leadership qualities.

Maryland News Roundup

The state's largest teachers' union has offered to go along with the governor's proposed higher pension contribution rate.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Aerial photography, Shakespearean tragedy, and autumn love.

Latest D.C. News

Census data shows D.C.'s on the brink of losing its black majority for the first time in 60 years.

Latest Maryland News

Maryland Senate approves a scaled-back marijuana bill.

Latest Virginia News

The governor has vetoed a bill that would require public schools to require physical education in elementary and middle schools.

Cherry Blossom Festival Organizers To Hold Fundraising Walk

Organizers of this year's Cherry Blossom Festival are holding a fundraising walk Thursday night to help raise money for the relief effort in Japan.

Maryland Budget Debate Begins In The House

The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to take a final vote on the state's $34 billion budget. The House is set to begin debating the budget at 4 p.m.

Between The Lines: Improving D.C.'s Literacy Rate

More than one-third of District residents lack basic literacy skills, according to a recently published report from D.C. Learns, a coalition focused improving D.C.'s literacy rate. That puts D.C. illiteracy rate about 20 percent higher than the national average.

Air Traffic Controller Fell Asleep While On Duty

UPDATE: The nation's top aviation official says he's suspended a control tower supervisor while investigating why no controller was available to aid two planes that landed at Washington's Reagan airport earlier this week, according to The Associated Press.

Power Breakfast: States Are Cautiomistic About Budgets

From Capitol News Connection:

With budgets everywhere in a vise, states are calculating, recalculating, and bracing for what comes next.

O'Malley Disputes Report On Debt In Maryland

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley is defending his administration's actions regarding the state's rising debt.