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Monday, February 14, 2011

Maryland Lawmakers Look For Transportation Funding

State lawmakers in Maryland need to find a way to pay for $40 billion worth of transportation projects. The solution could involve raising your taxes.

Gay Marriage Supporters Rally In Annapolis

The District and five states already grant marriage licenses to same sex couples. Supporters hope Maryland will soon join that group. They're planning a rally Monday and will also be using their time at the Capitol to lobby state lawmakers.

Gray To Meet With D.C.'s 'Overlord'

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to meet with South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy Monday. The Republican representative chairs the D.C. Oversight Committee in the House. Gray's meeting with Gowdy comes as more and more city programs are under fire from Republicans.

Norton On GOP Meddling: 'They're Out To Get Us'

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says a spending resolution proposed by House Republican leadership unfairly strips funding from key programs in the District.

D.C. Food Workers Survey Reveals Low Pay, Racial Disparity

Booked a table yet? Good luck. Valentine's Day is one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants. But a report out Monday called "Behind the Kitchen Door" reveals the dark side of D.C.'s thriving restaurant industry.

Minimum-Wage Bill Introduced For Tipped Employees

Maryland Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards is introducing legislation Monday that could put more cash in the pockets of the region's servers and bartenders.

Consider This With Fred Fiske: The Egyptian Revolution

This week, Fred reflects on his trip to Egypt last year and how the country got to the point of revolution.

Play Takes On Race, Starting With Its Title

In Virginia, one community theater in Alexandria is celebrating Black History Month by staging a performance with a provocative title. The title includes a word that is attracting attention. And a warning -- this story contains language that some may find offensive.

Maryland Senator Defends Federal Spending On Prenatal Care

Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin helped cut the ribbon at a new prenatal health center in Capitol Heights Maryland. The Greater Baden Walker Mill Health Center was able to renovate its facilities with $400,000 in federal funds. But government grants like that will be harder to come by this year.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Music for the loved and the lovelorn.

O'Malley Begins Fight To Ban Old Septic Technology

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is making good on a promise promote the use of septic systems that can filter nitrogen in new housing developments around the state.

Bike Infrastructure Promotes Job Growth, Study Finds

The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts published a report examining job creation as it relates to public works in Charm City. According to the study, for every million dollars that the city spent on bikes and pedestrian pathways, 11 to 14 new jobs were created.

Former Pr. George's County Executive Indicted

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has been indicted. He faces eight criminal charges, including: bribery, witness and evidence tampering, and aiding and abbetting.

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