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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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.

Monday, April 11, 2011

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.

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