DAYBREAK DAILY: Bobby Jindal to headline Virginia GOP gathering

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ABC7 WEATHER: Partly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 50s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of another groping attack in the Springfield area; Yankees visit the Nationals in an exhibition tuneup; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Monumental disappointment? As thousands descend on D.C. this spring, there's scaffolding in the skyline, cranes in the clouds. Many are disappointed about construction on the Washington Monument.

LOUISIANA GOP IMPORT TO VIRGINIA: Who said it’s “the stupid party?,” per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2013 Commonwealth Dinner on May 17 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Jindal, who has been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, will be a special guest at the dinner along with Gov. Bob McDonnell.”

SILVER SPRING TRANSIT CENTER: He-said-she-said, per the Washington Post, “The contractor that has overseen construction of the long-delayed Silver Spring Transit Center said Thursday that Montgomery County officials are to blame for the problems that have plagued the project. In an interview intended to counter mounting criticism, the head of the Foulger-Pratt Companies said that the county had provided incomplete designs and inadequate oversight for the building of the bus-and-rail hub.”

‘WILD WEST?’: Of surrogates in Maryland, per the Baltimore Sun, “The rights of. . . surrogates, the people who contract with them and the children born from the arrangements would for the first time be spelled out in Maryland law under a bill making its way through the General Assembly. Sen. Delores Kelley, sponsor of the bill, said Maryland has become a center for fertility treatments because of an abundance of specialists. The legislation is needed, she said, to bring law and order to a legal "Wild West."

SANDYHOOK SHOOTINGS: Inside a killer’s life, per the New York Times, “Inside the rambling, pale-yellow Colonial-style home in a Connecticut suburb, Adam Lanza lived amid a stockpile of disparate weaponry and macabre keepsakes: several firearms, more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition, 11 knives, a starter pistol, a bayonet, 3 samurai swords. He saved photographs of what appeared to be a corpse smeared in blood and covered in plastic, as well as a newspaper clipping that chronicled a vicious shooting at Northern Illinois University.”

FREDERICK FIREFIGHTERS: Of job security, per Gazette.Net, “Budget cuts to Frederick County’s Division of Fire and Rescue Services would trim paid staff positions from several fire stations around the county, but the Frederick County Board of Commissioners is unlikely to support any proposal that would lead to layoffs of firefighters.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Here’s one Republican victory that went virtually unnoticed in the slew of budget votes last week: The Senate told the Congressional Budget Office it should give more credit to the economic power of tax cuts. It won’t have the force of law, but it was a big symbolic win for conservatives — because it gave them badly needed moral support in an ongoing war to get Washington’s establishment number crunchers to take their economic ideas more seriously.”

THE GROPER: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Fairfax County Police investigators are confident the Springfield groper has struck again, making this the 24th incident since November. This time, the assault was significantly different and could help police track down the man who has been targeting women.”

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE IN D.C.: A calculated move?, per City Paper, “Mayor Vince Gray hasn't said whether he intends to run for re-election yet, but the proposed budget he released today sure looks like something an incumbent seeking to retain office might put out. . . Some agencies would see double-digit yearly percentage increases under Gray's budget. Gray has pledged to reform the Office of Contracting and Procurement by beefing up staffing and increasing employee training. Its yearly budget would increase by 33 percent under Gray's proposal. D.C. Public Libraries' budget would go up 23 percent; the Department of Human Services budget would go up 11 percent.”

MARYLAND GAS TAX: It’s moving along, per the Washington Examiner, “A Maryland Senate committee passed legislation that would raise the tax on gasoline for the state's roads and transit projects. The panel voted 9-4 to send the bill to the full Senate, where it could be passed next week.”

OF A GRILLING: A lengthy one, at that, per the Washington Times, “Skeptical D.C. Council members demanded answers from the city’s fire chief Thursday on what they said were serious and systemic problems with the department in the wake of a string of failed responses to emergency calls. For almost three hours, Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul A. Quander Jr. answered a barrage of questions on the state of the department’s fleet and staffing as council members tried to ascertain whether the department under the current leadership is capable of meeting the city’s emergency services needs.”

MAYOR NO MORE: A long run coming to an end, per the Boston Globe, “Speaking poetically of the people and neighborhoods he had tried to help, Mayor Thomas M. Menino proclaimed his devotion to Boston (Thursday) but said that, after a bout of serious illness last year, he would not seek re-election to the office he has held for two decades. “I am here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love,” he told a crowd packed into historic Faneuil Hall.”

AN IDEA: And a contest, per ARLnow, “What if there were a site where you could post online reviews for a variety of local government services, similar to review websites like TripAdvisor and Yelp? That’s the concept a local man hopes will become a million dollar idea. District resident Josh Glasstetter entered his idea for a website called “Civicly” into the Knight Foundation’s “Knight News Challenge.” This year’s competition offers winners a share of $5 million in funding for entries that best promote open government and present ways to improve interaction between citizens and governments.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Two perspectives on County Executive Rushern Baker's bid to take over the Prince George's school system. We'll hear from Donna Hathaway Beck, a member of the Board of Education, and education activist Curtis Valentine.

--Skip Wood

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