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  • Va educators unveiling online Spanish courses

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia educators are launching a new series of online Spanish courses for students. The Virginia Department of Education is unveiling the prototype for the program on Tuesday. Officials say the new virtual courses for beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish will...

  • U.Va.'s Darden dean to return to faculty in 2015

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The dean of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia is returning to the faculty in 2015. Dean Robert F. Bruner has been Darden dean for nearly a decade and has taught for 23 years. U.Va. announced his return to teaching Monday, saying he will...

  • Va. Urban Ag Summit to meet 2 days in Lynchburg

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit is set to convene for two days in Lynchburg. The summit beginning Tuesday is aimed at taking an in-depth look at urban agriculture in the state, including its challenges and opportunities. Topics include so-called food deserts and...

  • DC Council to consider contracting reform bills

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council will hear testimony on a package of bills meant to reform the city's contracting process. One bill would eliminate review by the council of contracts worth more than $1 million. Supporters say removing the council from the contracting process would prevent...

  • Wounded vets cycling to raise rehab awareness

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Dozens of injured service members are mounting up to raise awareness in the nation's capital about bicycling rehabilitation for disabled veterans. The Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride begins Tuesday at National Harbor and continues through Saturday with events in...

  • Engineering study set for Susquehanna River Bridge

    HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) — Amtrak says it has joined with state and federal agencies to conduct an engineering study of the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge for possible rehabilitation or replacement. The railroad said in a news release Monday that the Maryland Department of Transportation and...

  • Prince George's judge to lead District Court

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A judge from Prince George's County will take over this spring as the top judge of Maryland District Court. Judge John Morrissey, 49, has been an associate judge for the District Court since 2005. He will take over for retiring Chief Judge Ben Clyburn, who has been...

  • 2 brothers sentenced for dealing in cocaine base

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Two brothers have been sentenced for their roles in a plot to sell cocaine base in Baltimore and Annapolis. Thirty-seven-year-old Ernst Harmon of Annapolis was given a term of more than 16 years in prison. Forty-year-old Dontaye Harmon of Baltimore received a 10-year term....

  • Prosecutors confronting marijuana law's challenges

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront. Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense. This means a...

  • Former hospital tech charged with raping patient

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police have charged a former hospital technician with raping a 37-year-old patient. Arlington County Police said Monday that 30-year-old Roy Anthony Jones of Washington was working as a CT scan technician at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington when the alleged attack...

  • Police in missing Va. teen case search area

    LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are searching near the home of a man suspected in the disappearance of a Virginia teenager last summer. Media reports say the search Monday is focusing in an area around the rural Nelson County home of 48-year-old Randy Allen Taylor. Taylor is...

  • Pedestrian struck, fatally injured in College Park

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Prince George's County Police say a man was fatally injured when he was hit by a car in College Park. Officers say 23-year-old Carlos Pacanins of Chevy Chase was trying to cross Baltimore Avenue about 10:20 p.m. Friday when he was hit by a car. Authorities say the...

  • Anti-tax group praises Va. House speaker

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform is applauding House Speaker William J. Howell for his opposition to Medicaid expansion, praise that comes a year after the group advocated for new leadership in the House of Delegates. "We applaud your leadership and commitment...

  • O'Malley signs pot decriminalization bill

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, starting Oct. 1. He says the bill could improve public safety by freeing police officers to focus on more serious threats. The Maryland State's Attorneys Association...

  • Neurological disease confirmed in Va. horse

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An equine neurological disease caused by a virus has been confirmed in a horse from Northern Virginia. State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Wilkes says the horse was euthanized Friday. The horse lived on a farm in The Plains in Fauquier County. Wilkes says an investigation by...



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