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Regional Recap, October 15, 2009

Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

Hope Lifts As Dow Breaks 10,000. The stock markets latest upswing has people wondering if more good news is just around the corner for the economy. The last time the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 10,000 points was about a year ago. Just six months ago, the index was below 6,600.

Microsoft Offers Free IT Training To Marylanders. A public-private partnership between the state of Maryland and the Microsoft Corporation is helping job-seekers get back to work by giving out free IT training. Maryland is the fourth state to sign up for the national initiative in which Microsoft hopes to train two million people over the next three years.

Former Navy Football Player Sentenced For Stealing. A military judge has sentenced a former U.S. Naval Academy football player to two years in prison, with one year suspended, for stealing charge cards from the lockers of fellow teammates. Christopher O. Rivers, of Durham, N.C., pleaded guilty Wednesday to larceny and forgery charges.

Maryland Students Improve Math Scores. State math scores released Wednesday show Maryland students have been making steady gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, or NAEP. National results show Maryland fourth-grade math scores are up by four points over 2007’s scores and there was a two-point gain for the state’s eighth-graders.

If you’re looking to buy a house in foreclosure but aren’t sure what’s on the market, a local Realtor has come up with a unique way to get customers to the product.

A foreclosure bus tour to be held Saturday morning in Howard County is giving prospective buyers a chance to see multiple homes to find good deals.Realtor Bob Lucido, who is hosting the event, said there’s never been a better time to buy a home, and because of the economy, the volume of foreclosed properties is high.

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