Amazon Reps Examine Local Student Performance During HQ2 Site Visits; Don't Expect Ledecky To Sign Endorsement Deals Right Away

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In HQ2 search, Amazon gathers data on local student performance

Amazon leaders are focusing on quality education as they vet locations for their company's second headquarters. Company representatives have visited Montgomery County, D.C. and Northern Virginia so far, among the 20 locations shortlisted  by the company in January. The Wall Street Journal has reported Amazon has "asked for breakout sessions on education and talent," including data on ACT and SAT scores of local high school students. [Washington Business Journal]

Ledecky can be picky when choosing endorsements, agent says

Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky's new agent says his client can afford to be choosy when deciding the brands she wants to endorse. Dan Levy, the agent, said Ledecky is formulating a strategy for creating business partnerships. Ledecky, 21, from Bethesda, last week announced that she's turning professional and focusing on training for the Tokyo Olympics. She gave up her NCAA eligibility, but will continue her studies at Stanford University. [Washington Post] 

Local teen campaigns to become Kansas governor

A Montgomery County teen has tossed his hat into the ring in the Kansas gubernatorial race. Ilan Cohen has never lived in Kansas, but several weeks ago, the high school junior was able to file his candidacy to become the state's governor. Cohen, who attends the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, said he's running in part to make fun of the state's loose candidate criteria. However, he also wants to show other teens there are many ways of getting involved in politics. To appear on the ballot, he'll have to gather 5,000 signatures from Kansas voters. [WUSA9]

State lawmakers have one week left to address Obamacare, income taxes

State lawmakers still have a lengthy to-do list in front of them as the 2018 legislative session winds down. Members of the Maryland General Assembly have yet to pass measures on school safety, mitigate anticipated increases in income taxes, support Obamacare and expand the medical marijuana industry to minority-owned firms. Leaders in the Senate and House of Delegates say they're hopeful they'll find solutions before the session ends April 9. [Baltimore Sun]

Beagle Freedom Bill gains momentum in State House

A bill that would give cats and dogs used in research a better chance of adoption is before state lawmakers. Del. Benjamin Kramer of Montgomery County sponsored the Beagle Freedom Bill, so named because the breed is often used in research. Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is showing support for the measure, appearing on a billboard holding a beagle. Similar bills have failed in past sessions amid opposition from research institutions. [Baltimore Sun]

Foggy Tuesday in the forecast

Drizzly weather is expected, with patches of fog until about 5 p.m. Temperatures will reach about 57 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight, the chance of fog continues with lows in the 50s.

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