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Meymo Lyons

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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.


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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...
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The Virginia Board of Health has given final approval to strict new regulations that abortion-rights supporters claim would force most of Virginia's 20 abortion clinics to close. After Friday's 11-2 vote, some opponents of the regulations shouted "shame" and "blood on your hands" as they left the room, according to the Associated Press. Earlier, the board heard from a...
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Abortion-rights supporters have delivered more than 3,600 public comments opposing Virginia's new abortion clinic regulations to the Virginia Board of Health. The General Assembly mandated the regulations, which would require all Virginia abortion clinics to meet the same strict building standar...
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Funeral services have been scheduled for a local Marine who was one of seven people killed Monday when a mortar shell exploded during a live-fire training exercise in Nevada. The body of 21-year-old Lance Cpl. William Taylor Wild IV will arrive at Dover Air Force Base today. Wild, who is from Anne Arundel, Md., joined the Marines in 2010 shortly after graduating from Severna ...
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The parents of a teenager who was fatally shot after he mistakenly entered a neighbor's home after a night of drinking say they forgive the shooter. Shawn and Jennea Gordley remembered their 16-year-old son Caleb on Tuesday as a lover of music and sports. Po...
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Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants more control over the county's schools, reports the Associated Press. Baker is seeking state legislation that would put him in charge of the superintendent's office and the school system's $1.7 billion budget while reducing the power of the Board of Education. The school system has had five superintendents in the pas...
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A 7-year-old girl is suffering life-threatening injuries and two other children are hurt, after a 15-year-old student driver struck them on a sidewalk in Ashburn, Va. Loudoun County authorities say the teenage driver, who has a learner's permit, was receiving a driving lesson from her dad around dinnertime last night when she mistakenly hit the gas and jumped a curb onto a ...
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Disgraced former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been sentenced on two counts of misconduct in office. Leopold will spend 30 days behind bars and another 30 days under house arrest. Judge Dennis M. Sweeney, who found Leopold guilty in January, also fined him $1...
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has upheld its decision to deny a license for a French company to build a third nuclear reactor at Maryland's Calvert Cliffs, reports the Associated Press. The commission denied a petition of review filed by UniStar Nuclear Operating Services, LLC. In August, the NRC said it could not issue a license because the applicants are foreign-owned...
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The D.C. government has yet to offer organized across-the-board cyber-security training to its employees despite an internal recommendation last year that it improved such education. Cyber-attacks are on the rise and increasingly sophisticated. Local governments are seen as especially vulnerable because of personal and sensitive information they maintain. City offici...
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The Maryland Senate has passed a comprehensive gun-control measure. The Senate voted 28-19 Thursday in favor of the bill, according to the Associated Press. It includes a licensing requirement for handgun buyers to submit fingerprints to state police. The provision is intended to reduce the number of guns purchased by a friend or family member of someone who is not allowed to...
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Eight months after a Derecho storm ripped through the region, the Maryland Public Service Commission has ordered utility companies to improve the resiliency and reliability of their electric distribution infrastructure. The late June storm brought powerful straight-line winds to Maryland from the Midwest. It toppled trees and tree limbs, which in turn pulled down overhead powe...
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District of Columbia leaders are looking to the city's past as they search for someone to safeguard its fiscal future. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Tuesday that former mayor Anthony Williams and former U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin will lead a search committee that will recommend candidates for chief financial officer. Longtime CFO Natwar G...
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Wells Fargo says Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are the most vulnerable to looming and widespread federal budget cuts. The report examines states that would feel the most pain from $85 billion in cuts that are set to automatically start taking effect March 1 without a bipartisan deal. The analysis exposed the District, along with neighboring suburbs in n...
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A man from Maryland has pleaded guilty to being a key organizer of an identity theft and tax fraud scheme involving fraudulent tax returns of more than $20 million, reports the Associated Press. Kevin Brown, 42, of Capitol Heights, pleaded guilty in a scheme that began in 2006 and involved more than 100 people, many of whom were receiving public assistance, as well as bank tel...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking President Obama in a letter to make good on his campaign pledge to avert automatic cuts to federal spending that would disproportionately damage the state, reports the Associated Press. McDonnell says the threat of cuts from the 2011 Budget Control Act is already harming Virginia. But unless the President and Congress agree on their own...
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A purchasing specialist with the U.S. Postal Service has pleaded guilty to accepting at least $40,000 in bribes in a scheme designed to help a Maryland company get $6 million in contracts," reports the Associated Press. Gene Quarles, 47, of Spotsylvania, pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official in federal court in Alexandria. He faces up to 15 years in prison. Co...
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The number of unionized workers in Virginia fell by 4,000 last year and is nearing its lowest level in three decades. The report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 159,000 union members, or about 4.4 percent of the work force, employed in the commonwealth in 2012. That's down from 4.6 percent the year before, according to the Associated Press. The bureau say...
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The House of Delegates has passed legislation that would assign letter grades to public schools in Virginia in the same fashion that teachers grade students — from A to F. The bill, a conspicuous piece of Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reforms, won final House passage today on a bipartisan 54-40 vote with six delegates not voting, according to the Associated Press. A...