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Fired Youth Center Teachers Want Jobs Back

Ten former educators, who had been employees at local youth centers, before being dismissed in June, are questioning the methods of the state of Maryland. The teachers were fired after the state asked them to reapply for jobs they already had, and are taking issue with the Maryland State Department of Education's procedures. Members of the District One delegation are trying to arrange a meeting among the teachers, members of the State Department of Education and the Department Of Juvenile Services to mediate the matter.


Union Head Calls for Firings

The head of the AFSCME union is calling for the three directors in the Public Safety and Corrections Services Department to be fired, following the most recent stabbing of a correctional officer at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. The President of the Council says supervisors here had intelligence of a credible gang-related assault, but failed to inform correctional officers about it. The inmate attacker has been identified as a man from Prince Georges County, who is serving a life sentence for murder and other charges. This is the second assault in as many weeks at NBCI.


Clearville Man Killed in Hyndman Crash

Twenty-one year old Clearville resident Luke Wesley Weicht was killed Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident on Route 96 in Londonderry Township. The crash occurred near the intersection of Route 96 and Madley Hollow Road, when Weicht's car traveled out of control, hit a guardrail, became airborne and struck a cement bridge culvert.


Bishop Walsh In Line for Updates

Bishop Walsh School is undergoing renovations to its biology and chemistry labs, along with the school's locker rooms. Funding is being provided by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and is in the amount of about $800,000. Harbel Construction, a local contractor, should have the renovations finished by August 19th.


Woman Refuses to Leave WMHS, And Is Arrested

Twenty-five year old Cumberland resident Corrina Louise Reeder is being held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $2500 bond, following an incident at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. She was in one of the rooms at the facility, but refused to leave. She also is accused of creating a disturbance and cursing at the officers who responded. She was taken to police headquarters and received a hearing in Allegany County District Court.


Development Authority Calls Special Meeting

The Mineral County Development Authority has called a special meeting for today, to review revisions to its by-laws and the handbook of policies and procedures. The members will also go into executive session to discuss the job description for executive director. They will consider the elimination of the executive committee and several standing committees.


Teachers Uncertain, Going into 2013-2014 School Year

Teachers going into the new school year have more questions than answers about how their students will be tested, how they will be evaluated, and whether they have the tools to teach a new curriculum. Maryland State Teachers' Association President Betty Weller says teachers, for the most part, will be judged in large part, by student test scores.


PSC Considering "Opt-Out" Fees for Smart Meters

The Maryland Public Service Commission is considering for electric customers who don't want the new advanced "Smart Meters," that automatically monitor electricity usage. Maryland electric providers, such as BGE, Pepco, and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative are requesting one time, upfront fees, ranging from $100 to $105, and monthly fees which range anywhere from $15 to over $105.00. Opponents say they should not have to be forced to pay extra, if they don't want to have a Smart Meter.


Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charges

Tavon White, who has been accused of running a sophisticated drug dealing operation at the Baltimore City Detention Center, has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges. White is the alleged mastermind who made thousands of dollars from a drug ring he ran behind bars. He has also admitted to being a 13-year member of the Black Guerilla Family Gang.


Conflict of Interest for Former Lawmaker?

A conflict of interest complaint has been filed against Delegate Joseph Vallario, and the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee has scheduled a work session later this month. The Washington Post revealed the complaint, which involves a woman who told Vallario details about her daughter's 2010 death in a hit-and-run accident. His son, who operates out of his father's law office, provided legal representation to the driver. For his part, Vallario says he and his son maintain separate practices, and he was not involved in the case.


AccuWeather Introduces 45-Day Forecast

AccuWeather has introduced a 45-day forecast, which can help with Labor Day, back-to-school and football planning. Senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski says the long-range forecast should not be seen as a strict guide, but rather a look at how weather patterns evolve.


Seven W. Va. Residents Killed in Two Days

A total of seven people have been killed within the last two days in three separate accidents in West Virginia. Three people were coming from a funeral in Maryland, and were killed on Route 219, south of Thomas, West Virginia. Another occurred on State Route 36 near Wallback in West Virginia. And, on Tuesday, three people were killed, when a car ran off the road in Nichyolas County. All three of the accidents remain under investigation.


Primanti Brothers Coming to Morgantown

A Pittsburg staple is coming to Morgantown, West Virginia's Suncrest Town Centre. Primanti Brothers is moving toward the construction phase of the restaurant, within the next 30 days. Primanti Brothers operates 17 restaurants in the Pittsburgh area and three in Florida. Morgantown's location will be the first in West Virginia for the chain.

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