DAYBREAK DAILY: Kaine hears from vets, prepares bill to help
ABC7 TRAFFIC: ‘Good Morning Washington’ has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy and windy with highs in the low 50s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Montgomery County police have a training exercise for potential school shooting situation while the NRA announces its plan to reduce such violence; Arlington faces controversy over its child-care approach; cherry blossom update; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: A mother’s advice to the current generation of Princeton students is striking the wrong chord with many. Susan Patton, a Princeton alumna, is advising female students to work on snagging a husband, as well as a degree, during their time at the university. http://wj.la/14I3N9e
KAINE HEARS FROM VETS: And it’s not pretty, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Service members can deal with lengthy overseas deployments. Uprooting their families every couple of years, that’s part of the job. Many are even willing to risk their lives in combat. But if Congress can’t come up with a more consistent and predictable process for funding the military, more and more service members are going to start heading for the exits.
"That was the message to U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine on Monday when the first-term Democrat met with two dozen military spouses and veterans at Old Dominion University. . . Kaine grew emotional near the end of the discussion when a former Marine and his wife shared their story about the difficulty he’s had getting treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.” http://bit.ly/16gcF22
MEANWHILE: He apparently gets the message, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., will unveil his first Senate bill today, a measure designed to help veterans get the credentials to use their military skills as civilians. Kaine hopes his Troop Talent Act of 2013, which he plans to introduce when the Senate reconvenes next week, will help ease the transition of military personnel from active duty to civilian life — an issue that many veterans in defense-heavy Virginia are dealing with as they struggle to find employment.” http://bit.ly/Ysv0sP
STRANGE DOINGS AT TOWSON: Rather, disturbing doings, per the Baltimore Sun, “A group of Towson University students hope a rally scheduled for Tuesday afternoon shows the campus is united in the face of negative publicity brought on by the actions of a group calling itself the White Student Union. "When we say we bleed black and gold, this isn’t a lie," senior Jon Smith, a city native, said. "This is what we do, and we stand up for what we believe in." Smith is a founding member of the organizing group Be The Change, which was formed last year in response to the White Student Union, a pro-white race student group.” http://bsun.md/10tge30
SANDY HOOK: Of cracking down, per the New York Times, “More than three months after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., state legislative leaders announced on Monday that they had agreed on what they called the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the country.
"It would require new state-issued eligibility certificates for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun or ammunition; mandate that offenders convicted of any of more than 40 weapons offenses register with the state; require universal background checks for the sale of all firearms; and substantially expand the state’s existing ban on assault weapons.” http://nyti.ms/13MZ4Un
TAXES ON THE TABLE: It’s about property, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County’s average property owner could see his annual property tax bill go up about $80 in fiscal 2014, which starts July 1. County Executive Isiah Leggett’s proposed fiscal 2014 budget includes a 2.2 percent increase in property taxes.” http://bit.ly/XCKuLB
TERRIFYING TIMES IN TEXAS: Especially for prosecutors, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “The brazen slayings of two Texas prosecutors have prompted heightened security in courthouses throughout the state while underscoring what experts say are the inherent dangers facing people in public office. "This, I think, is a clear concern to individuals who are in public life, particularly those who deal with some very mean and vicious individuals," Gov. Rick Perry said Monday after the weekend killings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia.” http://bit.ly/11f9zMu
POLITICO PLAY: “Immigration reform is alive and kicking because Sen. Marco Rubio was there at conception. It will likely die if Rubio bolts in the end. The possibility that Rubio could walk away, more than any other dynamic, is shaping the final details of new immigration laws, participants tell us. Without Rubio, GOP leaders – and many Democrats - worry any bipartisan deal will be impossible to sell to conservatives.” http://politi.co/XUFHkm
PG SCHOOLS: A matter of who’s in charge, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Residents made sure their opinions were heard at a public hearing Monday night on a plan to take power away from the Prince George's County School Board and give it to the county executive. County Executive Rushern Baker wants to be given authority over the school system's budget and the superintendent. The school system is searching for a new superintendent and has seen the position change hands five times in the last 10 years.” http://wj.la/X9XRBe
DISTRICT DEEDS: Show me the money, per the Washington Examiner, “When D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray pledged in February to hike pay for District employees, the unions representing police officers and firefighters scoffed. But when Gray unveiled his budget proposal last week, he included tens of millions of dollars to make paydays a little bigger for city workers.” http://bit.ly/XapMRu
CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Of a waiting game, per the Washington Times, “Old Man Winter’s final attempt to wreak havoc in the D.C. area wrinkled a few schedules, but not the plans of Mother Nature. Though the National Park Service had to push back its initial forecast once for the peak blooming period of the District’s beloved cherry blossoms, the buds are still on target to start their blooms on Wednesday despite last week’s snowfall and cold snap.” http://bit.ly/10kN7jG
CHEATERS: We’re not talking students, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “At least two former teachers indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal were ready to turn themselves in Monday, but they couldn’t because the warrants needed to take defendants into custody weren’t ready. The Fulton County district attorney’s office said the paperwork had been delivered to the Clerk of the Superior Court, and neither gave an explanation for why the process was taking so long.” http://bit.ly/10qGr2i
LOOKING TO THE U.S.: For practical reasons, per the Washington Post, “LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany — The sprawling chemical plant in this city along the Rhine River has been a jewel of Germany’s manufacturing-led economy for more than a century. But the plunging price of natural gas in the United States has European companies setting sail across the Atlantic to stay competitive. German chemicals giant BASF, which operates the plant here, has announced plans for wide-ranging expansion in the United States, where natural gas prices have fallen to a quarter of those in Europe, largely because of American innovations in unlocking shale gas.” http://wapo.st/YWYADp
HUH?: Um, just the facts, per the Associated Press, “A north Georgia city has approved an ordinance that would make gun ownership mandatory, though the measure doesn't include a penalty for those who don't comply. City council members in Nelson unanimously voted Monday night to adopt the Family Protection Ordinance. The city of about 1,300 is located about 50 miles north of Atlanta.” http://apne.ws/10tMIJ9
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Miami 2-0 in season opener.
SNEAK ATTACK: Or something like that, per DCist, “Come April 23, D.C. residents will have a chance to vote in a referendum that would amend the city's Home Rule Charter to allow local officials to have more control of their locally raised dollars. As we've written before, it's a sneaky way to get the type of budget autonomy that elected officials and local activists have complained that D.C. doesn't have.” http://bit.ly/14A141e
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8): Critics fault the National Park Service for killing deer in Rock Creek Park. We'll talk with animal rights activist Anne Barton.