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Friday, April 1, 2011

Latest Virginia News

A former Virginia prison guard has been sentenced to two years of home confinement and five years of probation.

Metro Escalator Problems Cause Delays

All of the escalators at the Foggy Bottom Metro station are out of service, causing delays for riders Friday morning.

Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey talked with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about the allegations against Mayor Vincent Gray's administration and Gov. Bob McDonnell's new practice of vetoing bills.

U.S. Traffic Deaths Drop To Lowest Level Since 1940s

Americans are less likely to be killed in highway crashes these days than any time in the last 60 years.

Power Breakfast: Seven Days And Counting To Prevent A Government Shutdown

From Capitol News Connection:

The deadline is one week from today. Either Congress will have finalized and approved an agreement to keep the government funded and functional...or not,in which case, an immediate shutdown will freeze federal benefits and services.

Circulator Riders Not Happy About Cuts

Starting today, D.C. is cutting one of the routes of its popular Circulator bus service. The District is also proposing more cuts for later this year, and loyal Circulator riders are not happy.

Moving Deadline For Homeless Encampments Near I-95 Interchange

In Virginia Friday morning, state police will begin issuing trespassing citations to homeless people camped out on state property at one particular I-95 interchange in Prince William County.

Karate School In Va. Emphasizes Culture, Earthquake Relief

A karate school in Alexandria, Va., that emphasizes Japanese culture as much as the martial art itself, is using the recent earthquake as a teaching moment and opportunity to help.

Cellphone Can Now Pay Parking Meters In Bethesda

Parking rates may be going up in Montgomery County, Md., but drivers will have a new way to pay. For those tired of lugging around handfuls of quarters to feed parking meters, they will now have an alternative: a cellphone.

Virginia Governor Signs Veteran-Friendly Bills

Virginia's governor, Bob McDonnell, has signed into law 25 bills aimed at assisting active-duty members of the military, veterans and their families. And a second goal of the new laws is to help make Virginia the most veteran-friendly state.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Latest Maryland News

State senators are expected to debate tomorrow a measure that would limit who would report to the state under a monitoring plan that's aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse.

Latest D.C. News

Officials say a police campaign will target and ticket people who don't obey traffic laws.

Latest Virginia News

Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach is expanding its attractions.

PETA Asks To Sponsor Virginia Rest Stop

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wants to "adopt" and rename an interstate rest stop in Virginia.

Opening Day For Washington Nationals

Baseball is back. Thursday's opening day for the Washington Nationals -- they'll face the Atlanta Braves in a sold-out game at 1 p.m.

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