VIRGINIA FAITH-BASED ADOPTION AGENCIES will not be required to allow gay individuals to use their services, after the state Board of Social Services on Wednesday rejected proposed changes to the rules governing adoption and foster-case agencies, according to The Washington Times.
THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTHORITY said Wednesday it has no plans to revisit the board’s decision to build the more expensive of two Metrorail stations at Washington Dulles International Airport, The Washington Times reports.
The board’s recent approval of an underground station that is $300 million more expensive than an above-ground one has sparked an outcry from state and local governments that must pay for most of the difference. Authority Chairman Charles D. Snelling said the debate is closed on which of the stations will be built, but he is willing to discuss how the state and Fairfax and Loudoun counties will pay for the station.
WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER’S lying in state Monday at the State House in Annapolis has prompted the cancellation of a bill-signing ceremony that morning. The dozens of bills recently passed by the General Assembly that Gov. Martin O’Malley was expected to signed will be signed into law in ceremonies next month, according to The Washington Post. Mr. Schaefer, a former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, died Monday. He was 89.
FIVE D.C. MEN indicted on murder charges for shootings on South Capitol Street in Washington last year that shocked the city and prompted legislation to thwart youth violence face a total of 30 new charges in a superseding indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. The indictment, returned Wednesday, links a series of violent attacks during an eight-day span in March 2010 in Southeast Washington, including five murders and nine shootings that did not result in deaths, The Washington Times reports.
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT is forcing Montgomery County to participate in a deportation program for violent illegal immigrants that county officials have resisted implementing, according to a Department of Homeland Security official, the Washington Examiner reports.
A DELAY AT WASHINGTON’S UNION STATION that caused commuters Wednesday to miss their MARC train to Baltimore was being blamed on Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s boarding an Amtrak train. Mr. Biden was famous for daily Amtrak round trips from his home in Delaware when he was a senator, and infamous for causing delays for similar trips since going to the White House, according to the blog Inside Charm City. The Baltimore-based blog and Twitter users were among those to blame Mr. Biden and his security detail. However, The Washington Post reports that Mr. Biden was in Ohio and that commuters typically blame Mr. Biden in such incidents.
MARYLAND GOV. MARTIN O’MALLEY is planning to lead business leaders, educators and state officials on a 10-day mission to Asia aimed at bolstering trade between the state and the world’s fastest-growing region. Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, is scheduled to announce the trip to China, South Korea and Vietnam on Thursday, when he signs an agreement in Annapolis, according to the Baltimore Sun.