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Friday, March 25, 2011

Maryland News Roundup

The Maryland House passes a budget that would increase spending by about $1.4 billion.

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Prince George's County Council Member Leslie Johnson has been charged with destroying a $100,000 check from a developer after FBI agents showed up at her house last fall.

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Surveillance cameras are being installed outside Metro's 86 rail stations to thwart crime.

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Agencies disagree over whether widening a highway in Culpepper County would harm the historic battlefield area there.

African-American Church Leaders Form Response To HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Some of the most respected African-American church leaders in Maryland and the District are coming together to craft a unified response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

McDonnell To Deliver GOP Address, Health Care Law In Mind

Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, will deliver the weekly Republican address this weekend. The GOP says the selection of McDonnell was timed to the first anniversary of the nation's health care law.

Corcoran Hosts Symposium On Censorship

The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington is hosting a symposium Saturday on censorship in the arts. Organizers say "Culture Wars: Then and Now" will focus the debate over freedom of expression and public support for the arts.

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.

Cherry Blossom Festival Gains New Meaning

The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off Saturday, and organizers are calling on the public to show solidarity with Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, and contribute to relief efforts overseas.

Middle Schoolers To Play Lead Role In Manassas Anniversary

In Virginia, Manassas National Battlefield Park -- the site of the very first battle of the Civil War -- is preparing to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that battle in July.

Virginia Toyota Dealerships Tested By Plant Shutdowns

With production of Japanese automobiles abroad stalled since the earthquake, and a recent announcement that Toyota plants in North America could face temporary shutdown, dealerships in and around the D.C. area are scrambling to adjust.

Census Figures Show D.C. On Brink Of Losing Its Black Majority

Newly released census data show D.C. is on the brink of losing its black majority for the first time in 60 years.

Restaurants Not Following Montgomery County Law

In Maryland, the law requiring fast food restaurants in Montgomery County to post menus with nutritional information is almost nine months old. But only around a half of restaurants have fully complied with the law.

Commentary By Beza Mesfin: Breaking A Cycle Of Violence

An estimated one in four women in the United States has experienced domestic violence, usually at the hands of a current or former partner. For decades, community leaders have tried to understand what keeps victims trapped in an abusive cycle, and when violence hit home, commentator Beza Mesfin also struggled with that question.

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