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Monday, March 14, 2011

Maryland State Workers Rally Over Health Care, Pensions

Thousands of state workers are marching on the Maryland State House for a rally they're calling "Enough is Enough: Keep the Promise." They're protesting plans that include raising their health care costs by 10 percent and making them wait longer before they can qualify for retirement benefits.

Bill For Federal Subway Standards Sponsored By Local Senators

Some lawmakers from Maryland and Virginia are introducing a bill in Congress to establish federal standards for subway systems, including D.C.'s Metro. This isn't the first time such a bill has been considered.

Festival Organizers Request Support For Relief Efforts In Japan

Organizers of Washington's National Cherry Blossom Festival are urging people to donate to the American Red Cross for earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

Virginia Education Leaders Weigh In On No Child Left Behind

President Barack Obama is urging members of Congress to get to work on rewriting the No Child Left Behind law, and some education leaders in Northern Virginia say they're biggest fear is that lawmakers won't go far enough in changing the legislation.

Report On Parks And Recreation Scandal Clears Fenty

A yearlong investigation into a contracting scandal in the District -- involving the administration of former Mayor Adrian Fenty -- has found no wrongdoing.

Maryland News Roundup

The gay marriage fight continues, state workers rally over pension reform and lawmakers propose a snack tax.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Ireland and India descend on the District.

Maryland Dream Act Awaits Senate Vote

The Maryland Senate could vote during a rare night session Monday on a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities.

Police Investigate Assault, Murder On Bethesda Row

Montgomery County Police officials say they have "good, solid leads" in the sexual assault and single homicide that occurred Friday evening at Lululemon Athletica, a yoga shop in downtown Bethesda.

Power Breakfast: Lobbying And Its Lack Of Transparency

From Capitol News Connection:

There's no shortage of suggestions, ideas and entreaties to fix Washington's lobbying system.

Public Hearing Scheduled For Later Today On DCPS Budget

With a number of schools in the district facing major budget cuts, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is holding a public hearing today to give students, parents, teachers and others a chance offer their input in the process.

Demand For Public Assistance Grows In Arlington

Arlington County, Va., is known as a wealthy community. But 10 percent of the county is on public assistance -- and the needs are growing every day.

The Sinking Islands Of The Chesapeake: Poplar Island

The Chesapeake Bay area has some of the highest rates of sea-level rise on the East Coast due to a combination of rising sea and sinking ground. At least three islands in the Chesapeake Bay have completely disappeared, and many more are on their way out. But at least one is actually making a comeback: Poplar Island, Md.

Consider This With Fred Fiske: The Use Of Closed-Circuit Cameras

Fiske supports the use cameras for fighting crime and protecting the public, even if it means getting a ticket with a picture of his car running a red light in the mail.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Maryland Gay Rights Group 'Will Continue To Fight'

A Maryland-based gay rights organization says they don't feel defeated by the House of Delegates' decision to send the same-sex marriage bill back to committee.

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