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News Archive - October 26, 2009

Publics Hearings Held for Maryland ICC Tolls Rates

This week you can have a chance to weigh-in on the proposed tolls for the Intercounty Connector.

The public hearings on tolls for the 18-mile highway are sponsored by The Maryland Transportation Authority's board.

The board has proposed rush-hour tolls of 25 to 35 cents a mile. Off-pe...

Prince George's Revamps Transit Plant

The Prince George's County Council is holding a public hearing tonight on a new transportation plan. Prince George's County is adding some more transit to its 171 page master plan including a Purple Line from New Carrollton to Westphalia and National Harbor and a Green Line extension to Fort Mead...

Metro to Test New Software During Monday Morning Rush

Metro is pilot testing new software designed to serve as a backup for the system Metro uses to prevent crashes. The software would allow controllers to see in real time if there are circuit irregularities in the automatic train control system. That's the system designed to keep trains a safe dist...

Baltimore Performance Brings Awareness to Mental Illness

Stories have the power to heal. That's the idea behind a performance tonight, October 26, in Baltimore about living with mental illness.

Kate Farinholt runs the Baltimore chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She says a decade ago she had a hard time finding anyone who would...

MD Environmental Groups Prepare to Draft Comprehensive New Proposals

The largest day of global climate action has ended but environmentalists in Maryland are just getting started on their battles for 2010.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network was a key ally in Saturday's high-profile rally over climate change. But it's members have no time to catch their br...

Metro Prepares For Monday Night Football at FedEx Field

Metro is preparing for tonight's football game at FedEx Field, where the Washington Redskins will take on the Philadelphia Eagles. The transit agency is expecting large crowds Monday evening and plans to have more trains in service as the game ends.

The Morgan Boulevard station on Metro's B...

"No Candy" From MD Sex Offenders This Halloween

For the fourth year, more than 1,000 doors in Maryland will be off-limits to trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Last month, the state's Division of Parole and Probation sent a letter to 12-hundred sex offenders restricted from contact with minors.

Patrick McGee is the Division's director. "W...

Power Breakfast for October 26, 2009

Today state and local youth councils from across the country are on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

Montgomery County Council Delves Deeper In Gaithersburg West Master Plan

Like beauty, progress is often in the eye of the beholder. Today in Maryland, the Montgomery County council will again meet to consider changes to the Gaithersburg West master plan, including altering some intersections.

Doing so would allow expansion of a campus of Johns Hopkins University...

Nuclear Reactor In Virginia Shut Down

A nuclear reactor operated by Dominion Virginia Power remains shut down today after a leak was discovered last week. The North Anna nuclear plant is about 45 miles northwest of Richmond, along Lake Anna in Louisa County. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says one of the two reactors there wa...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Monday, October 26, 2008

(October 26) BIG BAND HALLOWEEN A Big Band Pre-Halloween Scream, hosted by the University of Maryland School of Music, is at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland, tonight at 7:30. The school's three spirited big bands join forces for a bewitching night of jazz, as t...

Despite Opposition, Same-Sex Marriage Gains Momentum In D.C.

At a rally against same-sex marriage in front of the Wilson Building, a minister dressed in black and white spats underneath his clerical outfit pumps up the crowd. "The devil is a liar!" he shouts, to exuberant cheers.

Yesterday's rally drew several hundred people, including City Council m...

Study Questions Halloween Sex Offender Policies

Maryland is among more than a dozen states to restrict sex offenders on Halloween. But not everyone thinks that's the best way to keep kids safe. Patrick Moran directs the union representing parole and probation agents in Maryland. They'll be making sure sex offenders turn out the lights and hang...

Police School Safety Plan Overdue

There have been several instances of school violence in and around D.C. schools recently, including one involving multiple teenagers on Minnesota Avenue in Northeast. One D.C. council member says a school safety plan from the police department - required by law- is more than two months overdue....

On Morning Edition: Virginia Races

There's just about a week to go before Election Day in Virginia. The candidates for Governor and some high profile surrogates will be making their final rounds in the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, pundits and party leaders are speculating about the national impact of the race. Dr. Steve Farnsworth, an...