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After Drop In 2014, Traffic Deaths Nationwide Tick Up In 2015

Despite a record low fatality rate, staggering numbers of motorists, pedestrians, and bike riders continue to die on the nation’s roads, spurring top safety officials to call on states to pass stricter distracted driving and helmet laws.
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Leggett Changes Lanes, Plans To Build Rapid Bus Network 'Piecemeal'

A year ago, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett proposed creating a transit authority for the county to help pay for transportation projects. Now he's scrapping that idea to build rapid bus routes on at a time.

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Maryland Remains Serious About Maglev, Despite Skeptics

Maryland has received a federal grant to study the engineering needed for a high-speed rail line between Baltimore and D.C. — evidence that a possible maglev project in the region is moving forward.
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Radon Testing Now Mandatory For Montgomery County Home Sales

Radon is a silent, deadly killer, and now home sellers are on the hook for making sure the radioactive gas isn't present when a house changes hands.

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Local Officials Sound Alarm On MS-13 Recruiting In Montgomery County Schools

Three suspected gang killings in Montgomery County have served to put school officials on notice — youth in the region could be at risk of being recruited in the classroom.

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'I Wanted To Go Somewhere Safe': A Syrian Father Starts Over In Baltimore

Mohammad is a Syrian national who left his home in Damascus 11 months ago. He lives with his family in East Baltimore, where he says he's slowly adjusting to a different life. But it's hard for him to stomach Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's recent comments about Syrian refugees.
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To Curb Human Trafficking, Montgomery County Lawmakers Target Johns

In the past, soliciting a prostitute in Montgomery County would only get you a finger-wagging by police. But lawmakers are flipping the script and implementing the highest fine possible under state law.

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Lifelong Montgomery County Resident, Coach Warren Crutchfield, Reflects On A Life Well Lived

Warren Crutchfield lives on the same land his great-great-grandparents bought after being emancipated from slavery following the Civil War. The 79-year-old would go on to become a top-notch athlete and beloved coach for generations of Montgomery County students.

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For New Metro Leader, Long-Term Questions Come With $6 Billion Price Tag

Paul Wiedefeld, Metro's new general manager, takes over an agency with urgent problems. But there's also a longer-term, $6 billion question looming, and the answer will require cooperation from multiple players.

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Murder Is Sign Of 'Disturbing' Increase In MS-13 Gang Activity, Prosecutor Says

Information shared by federal, state and local authorities points to an upswing in activity by the MS-13 gang,  says John McCarthy, the Maryland state's attorney for Montgomery County. A murder there in early November might be related to two others.

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