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Maryland Closer To Cracking Down On Bad Speed-Camera Tickets

Legislators want to prevent erroneous speed-camera tickets in Maryland.
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Legislators want to prevent erroneous speed-camera tickets in Maryland.

Lawmakers are now one step closer to cracking down on erroneous tickets issued by speed cameras in Maryland.

The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval to a bill that would start fining the private operators of the cameras for improperly issued tickets. Opponents of the cameras have long argued drivers rarely fight erroneously issued tickets because it is costly and time-consuming to do so, and not holding the operators accountable for those tickets furthers the belief that the state and counties see the cameras strictly as a source of revenue.

Republican Mike Smiegiel of the Eastern Shore also argued that cameras in construction work zones should be shut off when workers aren't there, like at night or on weekends. "The reason we put this in is to save lives of the people who are in the work zones," Smiegiel said. "We're not saving their lives if they're not there working."

But delegates rejected that proposed change after bill sponsor Democrat James Malone of suburban Baltimore argued there are plenty of reasons people should still slow down in work zones without workers. "One of the major things we want to make sure that happens is that people slow down because of the lane changes in the work zone."

A final vote on the bill should come by the end of the week.

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Encore: Glen Campbell Documents Farewell Tour In 'I'll Be Me'

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me follows the country singer's goodbye tour and his decline from Alzheimer's disease. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to director James Keach and Campbell's wife, Kim Campbell.
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Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.
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Supreme Court Declines To Reinstate North Carolina Voter Restrictions

After the high court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, North Carolina and other states enacted laws that critics said were aimed at making it harder for minorities to vote.
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Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems

Join us to discuss results from primary challenges to Republican Senator John McCain, Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others and new concerns possible Russian hackers breaking into U.S. state voting systems.

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