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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Maryland Delegation Urged To Fight Cuts, Get Money For Roads

Money for mass transit projects like the Purple Line in suburban D.C. topped Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's wish list when he traveled to Capitol Hill.

Airports Authority Receives More Scrutiny

Local politicians in Northern Virginia are disturbed by reports of mismanagement at the Washington Airports Authority.

D.C. Tries To Find Solutions For 20 Percent Truancy Rate

D.C. leaders say students skipping school is a major challenge for education and public safety and they're looking for ways to address the problem.

Japanese Exchange Students Deal With Disaster From Afar

Across the D.C. region, Japanese college exchange students are struggling to make sense of the news emerging from their home country.

One-Quarter Of Those Arrested On Metro Are Younger Than 20

Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn says there's been a spike in crime committed by youth on Metrorail and Metrobuses; last year they made up a little more than 500 of the approximately 2,000 arrests.

Congressional Committee Will Investigate Sulaimon Brown Allegations

A House congressional committee will formally investigate the allegations made by Sulaimon Brown. The former D.C. mayoral candidate claims he was paid cash and promised a job by the Gray campaign to criticize then Mayor Adrian Fenty during the race.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

Plenty of St. Patrick to help you go green.

Maryland News Roundup

The House education appropriates subcommittee boosted school aid for the next fiscal year, and University of Maryland lobbies in favor of in-state tuition for undocumented students, while College Park has taken a quieter, but favorable, position.

Anne Arundel County Executive Under Investigation

In Maryland, Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold is under investigation for using his police security detail to campaign, including picking up campaign checks and removing an opponent's yard signs.

Latest Maryland News

House lawmakers are slated to take up a bill to increase the bonding authority of the University System of Maryland and the Constellation is heading back to Baltimore's Inner Harbor following repairs.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Power Breakfast: The Nuclear Industry Discussed At Capitol Hill

A Geiger Counter is a device that measures exposure to radiation. Imagine if such a device were able to measure the presence and concentration of nuclear industry lobbyists within, say, a Congressional office building. If there were such a thing - it'd be reading off the charts right now.

Redistricting Commission Hears From N. Va. Residents

In Virginia, the governor's bipartisan redistricting commission is getting closer to issuing its final report before state lawmakers reconvene to begin the process in earnest.

Schools In Montgomery County Face Big Cuts

In Maryland, public schools in Montgomery County fared the worst in county executive Isiah Leggett's budget proposal for next year.

D.C. Police Show Off New Evidence Warehouse

The D.C. Police are touting their brand new evidence warehouse.

Gray's Chief Of Staff Is Out

A hastily-called press conference Wednesday afternoon confirmed what had been swirling throughout the Wilson Building: Gerri Mason Hall, Mayor Vincent Gray's chief of staff, is out. Gray says he requested her resignation.