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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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Virginia is urging horse owners to check their animals' vaccination records after a horse in Loudoun County contracted West Nile virus and had to be euthanized. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the 9-year-old Morgan Gelding is the state's first positive case of West Nile virus in a horse this year. West Nile is commonly spread by mosquitoes in...
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The office of the D.C. auditor is faulting the police department's methods for investigating groups that exercise free speech rights. The audit says the department impeded a probe into its investigative tactics by refusing to turn over un-redacted emails from undercover officers and other records. That makes it hard to know how police monitored, investigated and possibly infil...
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Maryland's highest court is suspending Del. Tiffany Alston's (D-24) license to practice law indefinitely. The Court of Appeals is suspending the Delegate's license in response to a petition filed by the Attorney Grievance Commission, according to the Associated Press. The commission alleged several violations of the Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct, inc...
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Virginia Tech will honor a campus police officer that died in the line of duty. Police say the football team will carry a flag as they jog out of the tunnel today — decorated with No. 152, the badge number for Officer Deriek Crouse. Crouse was shot to death on campus in December by a part-time Radford University student. Investigators still have not identified a motive for t...
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Activists on both sides of the abortion issue are rallying their troops for today's meeting of the Virginia Board of Health as that board prepares to take another vote on the contentious issue of abortion clinic regulations, according to the Associated Press. The board approved the regulations in June, but Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli refused to certify them, charging the b...
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An FBI sting operation promised payments of up to $1,000 a month to a Moroccan immigrant who eventually volunteered to kill himself in a plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol. Twenty-nine-year-old Amine El-Khalifi, who was living in Alexandria until the time of his arrest in February, will be senten...
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Organizers of a problem-plagued, military-style 12-mile endurance race in Frederick say they're offering refunds or other compensation to thousands of people after the weekend event was cut short. Frederick Police Chief Kim Dine says organizers of the Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder didn't stick to t...
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The Maryland Lottery says the state's three casinos brought in $44.6 million in August, down from $48 million in July. More than 73 percent of the revenues were generated by the state's newest and largest casino, Maryland Live, according to the Associated Press. July was the first full month that casino was open. Maryland Live brought in $32.9 million in August and has genera...
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Baltimore plans to celebrate the Olympic achievements of Michael Phelps and other Marylanders in the Inner Harbor next week. The governor's office says the event will be held Monday afternoon at Baltimore's Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Phelps and Maryland Olympians and Paralympians will attend the event, along with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Baltimo...
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The owner of an online prostitution ring that generated nearly $2 million from across metropolitan Washington has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Otasowie Asuen, 32, of Washington pleaded guilty in June to a racketeering offense in federal court in Alexandria. He admitted employing more than 50 prostitutes recruited from across North America through ads on the...
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Maryland health officials are reporting the state's first death from the West Nile virus. The health department is not releasing any details on the death. Maryland has had 13 cases of West Nile virus so far this year. Nineteen cases were reported last year and 23 the year before in Maryland. Federal officials say West Nile cases nationwide are up 40 percent since last...
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A hearing for the teenager accused of shooting a fellow student at Perry Hall High School in suburban Baltimore has been postponed, because he is still being evaluated at a psychiatric hospital. Court records show Robert Wayne Gladden Jr., 15, accused of shooting a classmate, was accustomed to firearms in the home and had endured his parents' contentious divorce. The 10th grad...
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A student was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County Monday morning. The suspect was quickly taken into custody. "A young man who we have identified as a student at this high school entered the cafeteria where he had removed from concealment a weapon that he had brought into the school building," said James Johnso...
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The man accused of shooting a security guard at the Washington headquarters of a conservative lobbying group has pleaded not guilty to assault and handgun charges. Floyd Lee Corkins faces the possibility of decades in prison if convicted in the attack on Leo Johnson inside the lobby of the Family Research Council. Authorities say the groups politics played a factor in the shoo...
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Baltimore Ravens fans could have been exposed to rabies during the team's preseason home opener on August 17, according to health officials. It happened during an 8 p.m. game Friday night against the Detroit Lions. All of the players are fine, but the fans were at risk during a game.  A bat landed in the stadium and actually touched a fan sitting in the 500 section of M&a...
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The second Sunday of August through the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland Week each year, which means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less are exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax. The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores. In past years, Maryland retailers have reported a 10 per...
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Maryland police say a man from Glen Burnie called a child support enforcement office and threatened to commit a "Batman-style" shooting in reference to last month's mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater, reports the Associated Press. James Armstead, 37, was arrested Friday and charged with threatening to injure a state official and two counts of telephone misuse. ...
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Maryland regulators are reconsidering a policy that allows utilities to bill customers for lost revenue during the first 24 hours of a power outage. The Maryland Public Service Commission is revisiting the issue in the wake of complaints about utility performance following severe storms in late June. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24. Utilities had previously b...
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The Federal Aviation Administration says it is suspending a procedure at all U.S. airports that led to a near-collision of three jets last week near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The FAA told the Associated Press that an ongoing investigation shows the mishap was caused by a miscommunication between air traffic controllers over reversing the flow of traffic to and...
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The Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Md., has notified state officials that it plans to return 400 to 500 slot machines to the state because of declining revenues. Bill Hayles, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino, sent a letter to state Sen. Nancy Jacobs to let her know the casino plans to return about one-third of its 1,500 machines. The state leases slot ma...