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Friday, April 15, 2011

Latest Maryland News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The governor plans to sign an executive order on Monday to create a group to study pollution from septic systems. The study will examine the extent to which large developments' septic tanks are polluting the Chesapeake Bay.

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro will hold public hearings and town hall meetings next month on possible service cuts and other measures to help reduce a $72.5 million operating budget gap. The proposed service cuts will be discussed at public hearings scheduled for May 16 through May 20.

Latest Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governor says he has concerns with lawmakers' legislative redistricting plan and has vetoed it. Governor McDonnell says the proposed districts don't properly preserve locality boundaries and communities of interest.

For Some, Emancipation Day Equals One More Day Of Tax Procrastination

Among all the other perks of the city holiday that is D.C.'s Emancipation Day -- no parking meters! school is closed! -- there's one that a much larger audience is sure to appreciate: the extension of the 2011 Internal Revenue Service tax deadline.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about Mayor Vincent Gray's protest of the congressional budget that led to his arrest.

Weekend Metro Work To Cause Delays

Several Metro stations will be closed this weekend due to maintenance work. Riders on the Orange line should expect delays as the agency closes five stations for most of the weekend.

Capitals Face Off Against Rangers In Game Two Friday

The Washington Capitals are looking to keep up the momentum tonight in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the New York Rangers.

District Celebrates Emancipation Day

Saturday is the anniversary of the day in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed an act that freed thousands of slaves in the District, nine months before the broader Emancipation Proclamation. Since the 16th is a Saturday this year, the city holiday is being observed Friday. As a result, D.C. government is closed and other changes are in effect as well.

Virginia Deals With Prescription Drug Disposal

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is leading an effort to confront trouble with prescription drugs on two fronts: proper medication disposal and prescription drug abuse among teenagers.

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:WINNERS, LOSERS: The Gazette posts its winners and losers in the just concluded General Assembly session.

Montgomery Co. Firefighters Want To Keep EMT Benefit

Council members in Montgomery County, Md. have about a month to okay a new budget but nailing down what will be cut is getting more and more difficult.

Students Banned From Sharing Food After Suspected Marijuana Cupcake

Students at Frederick High School in Maryland are no longer allowed to bring food to share at lunchtime, after some ate a cupcake that may have been laced with marijuana.

D.C. Abortion Fund Raises 25K For Patients Facing Medicaid Cut-Off

After the policy riders in the budget deal agreed to by members of Congress last week, local Medicaid money can no longer be used to pay for abortion care in the District of Columbia.

But advocacy groups in D.C. weren't expecting it to cut off as soon as it did.

Power Breakfast: Border Security Vs. Environment

From Capitol News Connection - Today two Utah Republicans hold a joint Congressional hearing to highlight the thorny relationship between environmental protection and border security.

Arlington Co. Elementary Packs Weekend Meals For Homeless Students

Students in Arlington County, Virginia are getting ready to go on spring break. While many of them look forward to the respite from classes, these breaks can prove difficult for students that rely on subsidized breakfast and lunch in school.

One school in the county is testing out a program to make sure needy students don't have to take a break from nutrition as well.

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