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Md Has Longest Serving Female Senator In U.S. History

Md Has Longest Serving Female Senator In U.S. History

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Maryland will soon officially celebrate electing the longest serving female senator in the nation's history.

Senator Barbara Mikulski will be sworn in on Wednesday.  The milestone is one of many she hopes to achieve in Congress.

"I'm going to break other records," she told 9NEWS NOW'S Brittany Morehouse on Monday. "I'm going to reduce unemployment. I'm going to raise graduation rates.  I'm going to bring more jobs to Maryland and to our country."

Her ambition is rooted in her childhood.  As a great-granddaughter of Polish immigrants, she learned a lot from her grandmother who owned a local bakery in Baltimore.  

Her father owned a grocery store across the street from the house in the Highlandtown neighborhood of East Baltimore. 

Drop In Home Value May Mean Higher Taxes

Drop In Home Value May Mean Higher Taxes

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Home values in portions of Prince George's County have plummeted 35%.  The areas affected are from Beltsville to Laurel and Bowie to Brandywine.

While some new homeowners will see a tax cut, hundreds of long-time homeowners will actually see a tax increase because of Maryland's complicated tax law that kept the homestead tax below inflation.

"They will actually see an increase if their homestead tax is below the 1/3 (or 35%) decrease, " said Joe Hensley supervisor of Prince George's County Assessments. "If that's the case, the assessment will be subject to a 1% hike for the county portion of your taxes and 10% for the state portion.

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County Executive Calls For Housing Audit

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker took another step to distance himself from corruption scandals plaguing the county, when he announced an external audit of the much-maligned housing department.

The audit on the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will be performed by the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research and it will cost the county $64,802.

The DHCD is the center of a ongoing investigation by federal authorities, after former county executive Jack Johnson was busted by the FBI for allegedly taking money in exchange for housing contracts.

County officials did not specifically connect the announcement of the audit to any of the accusations against Johnson however.

Suspect Involved In Shoot-Out With Police Officer Captured

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA) -- A Prince George's County police officer exchanged gunfire at close range with a robbery suspect Wednesday night, surviving the ordeal without being struck.

The incident began at about 5:30 p.m. when the victim of a recent robbery spotted the suspected robber at the Suitland Metro station. That victim called police with a detailed description.

An unnamed officer spotted a man matching that description several minutes later in a strip mall parking lot across from the sprawling Suitland Federal Center.

Approaching the suspect to investigate, the officer saw the man pull a handgun and began firing.

The officer returned fire and the suspect ran away, down Swann Road. Police searched for him, shutting down roads in the area for some time, but to no avail.

Police were looking for a black male, possibly in his 20s, wearing a purple Northface jacket and white pants.

Valuable Opportunities for Youth Who Attended Maryland 2nd Annual Video Gaming Conference

Valuable Opportunities for Youth Who Attended Maryland 2nd Annual Video Gaming Conference

Bright and Early Saturday Morning, The day started with a robust meet & greet and continental breakfast in which students were able to network with our workshop presenters and invited guests and play and test video games.  

Next Regie Thornton (sweatngo.com) kept the energy going and introduced us to his new and fun way of exercising without leaving your seat called Beat Seat.   

Ms. LaShun Lawson was our moderator and introduced our panel of workshop presenters.  Students then broke out into 8 different workshops.

Dr. Jay Collins introduced students to concepts of flight navigation.

Roderick Woodruff's computer class was packed as students learned about video game design and digital art.

Leshell Hatley taught the basics of video game design and art during her workshop. Congratulations to the winners of her Art Design Competition.

Suitland Metro Station Reopens

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA) -- Metro says the Suitland Metro station on the Green Line has reopened.

The station was closed due to a police situation.

Shuttle buses were requested and trains were sharing the same track.

The Suitland station is located at 4500 Silver Hill Road.

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