Delaney Pushes Bill To Give Metro $750 Million; Teen Drivers Could Face Earlier Curfew; Maryland Tops Wealth Ranking

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Delaney proposes bill that would give Metro $750 million in federal funds

​Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland)​ is putting forward a bill that would require Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia to rewrite their contract with Metro to allow for changes in the structure and contracts of the transit system in exchange for $750 million in federal funds over 10 years. The bill would shrink the Metro board from 16 members to nine to encourage efficiency and would make changes to its collective bargaining agreements. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia) is proposing another bill to reform Metro that does not include federal funding. [Washington Post]

Silver Spring father sentenced to 40 years in prison for child's death

Adou Kouadio, 27, of Silver Spring received the maximum sentence Thursday for child abuse resulting in a death. Kouadio's 2-month-old son, Amir, died in February 2014 from what was determined to be abusive head trauma. The father claimed he found the child bleeding from his nose in the night, but medics concluded the infant had suffered multiple injuries consistent with inflicted trauma. A jury last December found Kouadio guilty of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree child abuse leading to death and one count of second-degree child abuse. [WTOP]

Maryland teen drivers could face earlier curfew

State lawmakers are considering shifting the curfew for young drivers by two hours. If approved, the proposal would mean drivers 18 and younger would need to be parked and off the road by 10 p.m. instead of midnight. Exceptions would be in place for students working late or participating in school or volunteer activities. There was a hearing on the bill in Annapolis Thursday, but it has not yet been approved by a committee. [Fox]

Wealth ranking puts Maryland in top spot

Maryland was ranked highest in a wealth ranking because of its number of high-earning households. The annual Wealth & Affluent Monitor, published by New York-based Phoenix Marketing International, found Maryland was the state with the highest number of millionaire households. More than 7 percent of all households in the state had at least $1 million in investable assets. [Baltimore Sun]

Maryland lawmakers work to save the bees--even at the cost of bears

The General Assembly is discussing legislation that would apply some of the same protection to bees that are granted to other farm animals such as chickens and goats--including the provision that people could kill or wound black bears if they threaten a bee colony. Maryland law makes shooting a black bear without a permit punishable by a $1,500 fine, but people protecting themselves, other people or livestock are exempt. [Baltimore Sun]

Democrats hire strategist to hold Hogan accountable

The state Democratic party hired Bryan Lesswing, a former regional press secretary, as a strategist aimed at focusing on Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan has already amassed $5.1 million in funding for his 2018 re-election campaign, while Democrats have yet to unite behind an opponent for his seat. [AP]

Mostly sunny day with light wind

Today should be mostly sunny, according to the National Weather Service, which forecasts a high near 50 during the day and a low around 35 at night. Winds shouldn't go above 6 miles per hour.

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