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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- We are always on the lookout for consumer news, recalls and alerts that are important to you.

But, we aim to more than that, so we've formed an exciting new partnership that is all about helping you.

And, if you've got consumer problems, contact our WUSA 9 Call For Action team.

You can file a complaint online 24 hours a day on our website, wusa9.com, just click on the Call For Action link.

Or you can call our hotline at 301-652-HELP (4357).

Iowa Senate OKs cafeteria food proposal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Senate Democrats have passed a bill that would create new dietary guidelines for public cafeterias including ones in state buildings and public universities.

The measure passed 26-23 Monday on a party-line vote and moves to the House for review.

Cafeterias at the Capitol complex, other state buildings and public universities and community colleges would be required to follow American Heart Association guidelines.

Government cafeterias would have to post the counts of calories, sodium and saturated fat on menus and meet guidelines limiting calories for snack foods, entrees and meals.

The bill would require the state Department of Administrative Services to contract with food vendors following the new requirements.

Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen of Des Moines, the bill's sponsor, says the measure is one step toward tackling obesity in Iowa.

DC's Archbishop Returns From Papal Conclave In Rome

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Washington Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl is back in the U.S. after participating in the the papal conclave at the Vatican.

Cardinal Wuerl's plane touched down late Wednesday afternoon at Dulles International Airport And that's where our Bruce Johnson was there to welcome him back to Washington.

 

 

1 Northbound Lane Still Closed On Connecticut Ave.

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Only one northbound lane remains closed after a massive water main break in Chevy Chase that began Monday night.

But the mandatory water restrictions are still in place.  

At one point, the water spewed more than 30 feet in the air and 60 million gallons boiled out of a pipe big enough to walk through. One third of Montgomery and Prince George's County daily water supply bled into Rock Creek over the course of about four and a half hours.

The roiling water undercut a tree and sent it slamming into the power lines. It also eroded the ground out from under a gas line so water, gas and electric crews have all been struggling to patch things up.

"We got a big hole in the ground. Sidewalks cut away, it's one big mess," a resident said. 

Neighbors were left to walk out from darkened homes to cars parked far down the road.

Downed Power Lines Puts Water Main Repairs On Hold In Chevy Chase

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WUSA9) -- One outbound lane is now open on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, after a massive water main break snarled traffic coming and going Tuesday.

The break in the 54 inch main bled out 60 million gallons of water, about a third of the WSSC total daily usage, in about 4.5 hours Monday night. It sent water geysering 30 feet in the air.

A downed tree that took out power lines briefly stalled workhas put the brakes on water main repair work. Crews finally reopened one outbound lane at about 4pm, but traffic leaving town was still a mess.

Tips for Determining Your Investment Direction

Tips for Determining Your Investment Direction

 

When it comes to which direction investors around the nation should take, many believe that decision has largely been based upon emotion. Research done last summer cast doubt on this belief, and found that the majority of people make their investment decisions based on what they think the future for stocks will hold. With the current economic climate this country is in, many more people are unsure about which direction to take with their investments.

“There is much more to successful investing than simply being emotional or trying to predict a stock’s long-term success,” explains Brad Glickman, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM Professional, and President of Bernard R. Wolfe & Associates, Inc., a company that specializes in offering wealth management strategies. “It is more involved than that, and it is important to consider factors beyond emotions and single-stock predictions.”

Here are several tips for determining your investment direction:

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

Children Found Wandering Street; Va. Mother Arrested

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two children were found wandering in a neighborhood in Manassas on Friday morning, Prince William County Police said in a news release. 

The mother, Esmeralda Carolina Acosta Montoya, 28, of Manassas, was arrested about 45 minutes after police were notified that the kids were missing, police said. 

It happened at around 10:28 a.m., when a person called police, informing them that the caller had found the two children wandering, police said. 

"The caller located two children, a 3 year old girl and 5 year old boy, walking the area above unsupervised. The caller took the children to nearby Westgate Elementary School where police were notified. The investigation revealed that the accused had left the children in a locked room of the residence while she was gone for about for two hours," police said. 

Charged with two counts of felony child endangerment and she has been released on a $4,500 bond.