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Meymo Lyons

Managing Editor

Meymo Lyons brings 27 years of experience in broadcast news to WAMU 88.5. Meymo served 8 years as news director, anchor, and reporter at radio station WITL in Lansing Mich., where she earned The Associated Press "Top Ten Contributor" award for seven consecutive years. The station earned more than 40 awards from the AP and Michigan Association of Broadcasters under Lyons' leadership. Most recently, Lyons was the assignments editor at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich., and before that the managing editor at WILX-TV in Lansing, Mich. Lyons served 13 years as a member of The Associated Press Association of Michigan, and was president of the board for five years.


Articles Written by Meymo Lyons

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For a third time, officials say construction delays will push back the scheduled opening of a $2.8 billion extension of the region's Metrorail system in Northern Virginia. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is responsible for overseeing construction of the Silver Line, announced Monday that the contractor still has significant work to do. The contr...
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Two people face charges stemming from the fatal assault of an Old Dominion University student near campus. Police in Norfolk say 20-year-old Paul Johnson died Sunday afternoon, about 13 hours after he was hit in the head while walking along a street. He was a block from his apartment when he was attacked. Prince William County police arrested David William Grimm on a s...
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The similiarities between yesterday's homicide in Alexandria and another that happened in November are raising concerns. Ruthanne Lodato, 59, was shot to death on the doorstep of her home on Ridge Road Drive. She died after being airlifted to a hospital. ...
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Maryland's National Harbor is adding a new 175-foot Ferris wheel with views of the nation's capital and Potomac River, similar to the London Eye and other large-scale observation wheels around the world. The $15 million dollar, 17-story Capital Wheel will debut in May. It will be based at the end of a pier overlooking the river with views of the Capitol, National Mall and A...
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An advisory commission is recommending that Arlington National Cemetery end its relaxed policy on mementos left on graves in Section 60 where those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Any such change would take place by the end of 2014. The panel led by former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, a disabled Vietnam veteran, says it is fitting to end the exception to the cemetery's ...
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Associate dean and professor Michael G. Morris of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce has been charged with distributing child pornography, according to federal officials. Morris is accused of sharing pornographic videos on an Internet peer-to-peer network. An affadavit says FBI agents downloaded more than 17 child porn...
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A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that sits on a street behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington and was the subject of past controversy has been toppled by vandals. The 3 foot square granite monument weighs 850 pounds and sits in front of the headquarters of Faith and Action, a Christian outreach ministry. The group installed the tablets in a garden outside its offi...
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Five D.C. Council members are about to finalize their recommendations about how to discipline their colleague, Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), for accepting cash gifts from two city contractors. The special committee will vote today on whether to reprimand, censure or expel Barry. The committee could also recommend no punishment. The full Council will vote tomorrow o...
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Suicides in Virginia hit a 13-year high in 2011, and the state medical examiner's office links unemployment, relationship problems and lack of access to mental health resources to the rising tide. The 2011 statistics—contained in a report on state deaths compiled annually—shows Virginians are three times more likely to die from suicide than homicide. Older, white males w...
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A politically-connected restaurant owner from Washington's Chinatown district and his son have pleaded not guilty to charges of bribing public officials to get taxicab licenses. Tony' Cheng and his son, Anthony Cheng Jr., are accused of givin...
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A military judge is allowing prosecutors to argue Army Pfc. Bradley Manning used a most wanted list compiled by WikiLeaks as a guide for leaking classified information. The "Most Wanted Leaks of 2009'' was admitted as evidence Monday in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, according to the Associated Press. The judge ruled the list i...
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A military judge in Maryland says lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning can offer evidence contradicting the government's assertion that he revealed classified information in a leaked battlefield video from Iraq. Col. Denise Lind took judicial notice of the document during Manning's court-martial at Fort Meade — this is a preliminary step toward admitting evidence. ...
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Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio will not face criminal charges after a special grand jury probe into allegations that he misused his county office to raise political funds. The grand jury did not return an indictment Monday, but it issued a report on potential problems with the Sterling, Va. Republican's office. Delgaudio has said he did nothing wrong. ...
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Federal prosecutors are recommending a six-month prison sentence for a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. Thomas W. Gore pleaded guilty last year to illegally funneling money to a minor candidate in the 2010 mayoral election and then destroying evidence of those payments. The money was intended to keep Sulaimon Brown in the race so that he could disp...
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A newspaper in Virginia is taking the word "Democrat" out of its name because of the nation's increasingly divisive politics. In an editorial published Wednesday, The Fauquier Times-Democrat announced it would now be known as the Fauquier Times. The editorial said having the word "Democrat" in th...
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A mother in Anne Arundel County, Maryland is suing more than 180 people who she says viewed child pornography depicting her two young daughters. The girls' mother, who goes by Jane Doe in the complaint, is seeking $8 million in compensatory damages and $24 million in punitive damages from over 180 people, some of whom were identified in the lawsuit, others who remained anon...
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Montgomery County police say the son of a former aide to President George W. Bush told officers he killed a man with a hatchet in a dispute over drug sales. Claude A. Allen III remains behind bars as his attorneys waived his right to a bond review hearing. The 20-year-old man from Gaithersburg is charged with murder. Police say in charging documents that Allen ini...
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Government secrecy reaches a new level this week in the court-martial of an Army private who gave reams of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The military judge has ordered what prosecutors say is an unprecedented closed hearing Wednesday to help her decide how much of Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial will be closed to protect national security, reports the Associate Press....
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Preakness officials have toughened security guidelines for the Triple Crown race after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Backpacks and duffel bags will be prohibited from the infield for the first time. Only clear coolers will be allowed in the building or the infield, and the new policy also forbids laser lights and pointers. The Maryland Jockey Club installed the policy a...
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Utility regulators have set aside 10 days to hear a rate increase request from Pepco. The electricity supplier for the District and suburban Maryland wants to add $7 a month to the average residential bill. Pepco asked the commission late last year for a $7 monthly rate hike plus the imposition of a surcharge of about $1 a month starting in 2014. Pepco argues the utili...