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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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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...
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The thousands of unmarried Virginia couples who are living together would no long be breaking the law under legislation advanced by a Senate committee. The Courts of Justice Committee has unanimously advanced Sen. Adam Ebbin's bill repealing Virginia's 136-year-old law against what the state calls "lewd and lascivious cohabitation." Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria s...
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A Virginia State Senate panel is endorsing legislation to crack down on illegal cigarette trafficking and financial crimes against elderly or incapacitated adults. The Virginia State Crime Commission, which backs the bills, studied both issues during the past year, according to the Associated Press....
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The FBI has launched a website featuring surveillance pictures of bank robbers about whom the authorities are seeking leads and tips. Visitors can also search for bank robbery investigations and see them plotted on a map. Timothy Gallagher of the FBI's Washington field office says the FBI uses electronic media...
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The Virginia Supreme Court says state law does not always deny parental rights to unmarried sperm donors. The court ruled in the case of a man from Virginia Beach and his girlfriend, who broke up months after the birth of a daughter who was conceived through in-vitro fertilization. The mother, Beverly Mason stopped allowing William Breit to see the child, even though they had...
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The District of Columbia's public charter schools are expelling students at a far higher rate than traditional public schools. Charter schools expelled 676 students over the past three years, while the traditional public schools expelled only 24. According to ...
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D.C. mayor Vincent Gray and the mayor of Seattle have a bet on the outcome of Sunday's playoff game between the Redskins and the Seahawks. The mayor with the losing team must fly the victor's flag over his city's City Hall for a day. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he's confident it will be Seattle flying the District's flag. He says the Seahawks have not won a road pla...
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A second northern Virginia lawmaker says she will oppose the reappointment of University of Virginia Rector Helen Dragas because of the way she sought to oust the president, reports the Associated Press. Arlington County Democrat Sen. Barbara A. Favola blasted Dragas for creating a culture that disregards transparency and accountability. Last month, Sen. Janet D. H...
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NAACP President Benjamin Jealous says he's hopeful the votes will be there to repeal capital punishment in Maryland in the next legislative session. Jealous met with Gov. Martin O'Malley this morning for about 45 minutes in the Maryland State House in Annapolis to discuss the issue, according to the Associated Press. O'Malley, a Democrat who opposes capital punishment...
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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he will seek re-election as comptroller instead of running for governor in 2014. Franchot, a Democrat, has frequently been at odds with Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration. In the letter to supporters, Franchot says it is no secret that in recent months he has given thought to running for governor. He says while he's humbled by the su...
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A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of a $38 million contract to run the D.C. Lottery. Authorities are looking for evidence of crimes, including bribery and steering of contracts. People familiar with the investigation spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, having been instructed not to impede the ongoing investigation. The lottery con...
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A national think tank says new same-sex marriage laws will generate at least $166 million in wedding spending nationwide in the next three years. The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that nearly 18,000 same-sex couples in the three states will exchange vows in the first three years after the new laws are in effect, according to the Associated Press. ...
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The Navy is telling its leaders in Virginia and around the world to refocus their efforts on preventing sexual assaults after two sailors were arrested in Japan on rape charges sparking a sharp rebuke from the Japanese government, according to the Associated Press. The commanders of U.S. Fleet Forces in Virginia and U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii sent a message to sailors in lea...
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Public health officials say the number of suspected fungal meningitis cases in the Virginia has risen to 50. That number includes three West Virginia residents and two fatal cases. A national outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. The medication was recalled in late September. ...
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About 40 students at Virginia's Hampden-Sydney College shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within an hour of President Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday night. Founded in 1775, Hampton-Sydney is a liberal arts college for men, in Hampton Sydney, Va. The school prides itself for a strict code of honor. Upon en...
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Potomac Edison says about 3,900 homes and businesses in Garrett County are still without power a week after Superstorm Sandy dumped up to 2 1/2 feet of snow in the far western Maryland mountains. At the peak of the outages last week, nearly 80 percent of the company's Garrett County customers lacked power. This afternoon that number is about 17 percent of all electricity users...
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Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states, including Maryland. The nation's largest gay rights group says Pitt agreed to match contributions from members up to $100,000. It was a rare political donation for Pitt. In an e-mail to members of the Human R...
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A man who worked for a contractor hired by the Virginia Republican Party faces 13 felony and misdemeanor counts for allegedly dumping voter registration forms into a trash bin. Democrats are calling for the Attorney General to investigate. The suspect, 31-year-old Colin Small, is described by police as a "supervisor" in a Republican Party financed operation to register voters ...
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A lawmaker in Maryland has pleaded guilty to misconduct in office for paying an employee in her law office $800 in state money. Del. Tiffany Alston made a plea agreement to settle two separate cases. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul Harris sentenced Alston to one year of jail with the all of the time suspended. She also received three years of supervised probation and 30...