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Disruptions, Complaints Ramp Up in County as Purple Line Construction Gets Underway; Amazon Will Announce New HQ2 Location by Dec. 31

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Most of the early construction work for Maryland’s new light-rail Purple Line will center around Montgomery

Most of the early construction work is occurring in Montgomery County as Maryland prepares to install its new 16-mile light-rail Purple Line, which will run from Bethesda to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. Metro riders in the underground Bethesda Metro station might start to hear noise and feel vibrations from explosives due to blasting as work gets underway in October. In downtown Bethesda, workers are digging a 150-foot shaft to house six elevators that will eventually carry passengers between the Purple Line and Metro’s underground Red Line station there. “This is a huge utility job,” said Scott Risley, the design-build team’s project director. [Washington Post]

Amazon will announce location of HQ2 by Dec. 31

In Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told a crowd of 1,400 business leaders, politicians and celebrities that a decision on the location of the company’s second headquarters, which will bring 50,000 high-paying jobs to the area, will be announced by Dec. 31. The Economic Club of Washington hosted Bezos as its prime-time guest at its 32nd annual dinner at the Washington Hilton. Gov. The District, Maryland and Virginia are among 20 top contenders vying for the company headquarters, often referred to as HQ2. [Washington Business Journal]

Prosecutors drop murder charges against man accused of killing pregnant girlfriend

Montgomery County prosecutors have dropped charges against alleged murderer Tyler Tessier after he killed himself in jail Sept. 4, hours before opening statements were about to begin in his trial. Tessier was accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend in the back of the head in a secluded field in Damascus after she was reported missing over Labor Day weekend last year. [WTOP]

Today’s weather outlook

The National Weather Service is calling for patchy drizzle with scattered showers before 2 p.m. today, then showers likely after 2 p.m. The chance for precipitation is 60 percent. This evening,  showers are likely before midnight, with a low around 69 degrees.

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