News Archive - March 24, 2010

Speed Cameras Help Lower Pedestrian Collisions In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

Speed cameras are being credited with lowering the number of fatal collisions between vehicles and pedestrians in Montgomery County. But county authorities say they still need to do more.

Fourteen pedestrians were killed last year in Montgomery County. Jeff Dunckel, the c...

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WASHINGTON (AP) Metro is having a special rail car built to evaluate track conditions. The Ensco engineering firm has been selected to design the $8 million track-geometry vehicle. Metro says it will be ready by fall 2012.

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. lawmakers are discussing adding a provision to...

Court Case Pits Alexandria Against Railroad Company

By Michael Pope

Today about 70 trucks carrying a class three hazardous substance known as liquid ethanol will leave the Van Dorn Yard behind Tucker Elementary School and head toward the Capital Beltway.

That’s more than three times the number of trucks allowed by a permit issued by th...

Grade School Students Reject Styrofoam Lunch Trays

By Elliott Francis

Public school officials in Montgomery County, Maryland are saying no to a plan which would allow one of its elementary schools to replace disposable Styrofoam lunch trays with reusable trays. This week, a student activist group met with county officials to try and change...

Teen Truancy Program In Montgomery County

By Matt Bush

The Truancy Court is voluntary. A teen who consistently misses school meets with a judge for 10 weeks to determine why the student isn't in class. Montgomery County state's attorney John McCarthy says he always admired the program, which started in Baltimore.

"We are actu...

"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

(March 24-31) G40: THE SUMMIT Who needs the G6, G7 or G8 when Virginia has the G40? This coast-to-coast and continent-to-continent art summit is entering its final week, ensconced in Crystal City's business district through next Wednesday. Some 500 artists have been making their presence felt,...

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Authorities are investigating the severing of a gas line at Congressman Tom Perriello's brother's home following the posting of his address online by Tea Party activists. The activists are upset with the congressman's vote in favor of the health care reform.

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Former Maryland Lawmakers Warn Of Lobbyists' Influence On Bay

By Meymo Lyons

Three former Maryland leaders say they're worried about the influence development lobbyists have over state stormwater policies.

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Tydings, former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, and former Gov. Harry Hughes said Wednesday that state lawmakers need to...

Norton Questions Snow Response

Spring may be in the air, but this winter's 'snowmaggaden' is still on the minds of some lawmakers on Capitol Hill. A Congressional subcommittee chaired by D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is looking at how the region responded to the this winter's crippling snow storms.

Emergency manage...

MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Mar. 24, 2010

From the Maryland Reporter website:

Today, Pimlico is off the auction block, the governor's unemployment insurance reform passes, and we could be voting on card games in November.

BUDGET In a marathon five-hour session Tuesday night, the Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to Go...

Fairfax County Police Target Aggressive Drivers

By Jonathan Wilson

Police in Fairfax County say as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, they often see an increase in complaints about drivers getting more aggressive behind the wheel.

Police in Fairfax's Reston district are in the midst of a two-week aggressive driving pa...

Gas Line Severed At Home Of VA Lawmaker's Brother

By DENA POTTER Associated Press Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Authorities are investigating the severing of a gas line at the home of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello's brother following the posting of his address online by Tea Party activists.

The activists are upset with the Virginia congressman...

Alexandria, Norfolk Southern To Square Off In Court

By Michael Pope

An appeals court in Virginia is set to hear oral arguments today in a case that could have widespread consequences for the authority of local governments to regulate their own streets.

Railroad giant Norfolk Southern is set to square off with the city of Alexandria thi...

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Three former Maryland leaders say they're worried about the influence development lobbyists have over state stormwater policies. Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Tydings, former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, and former Gov. Harry Hughes say state lawmakers need to act to reduce the amou...

Power Breakfast For March 24, 2010

Fowl Play - and the Doctrine of Clean Hands

Senators continue to squabble over the "Byrd rule" (named for West Virginia's own master of procedural rhetoric, Senator Robert Byrd). And other parliamentary tiffs brought on by the budget reconciliation process. Today the Rules Committee will be...

Magna Cancels Race Track Auction

By Meymo Lyons

Magna Entertainment Corp. no longer plans to auction its Maryland properties and will instead transfer Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course to its parent company, a move likely to keep the Preakness in Maryland.

The race tracks were scheduled to go to auction tomorrow, b...