Attorneys Prepare for Montgomery County Trial of Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Girlfriend; Top Maryland Lawmaker Looks To Protect Abortion Rights in State

Attorneys Prepare for Montgomery County Trial of Man Accused of Killing Pregnant Girlfriend; Top Maryland Lawmaker Looks To Protect Abortion Rights in State

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Jurors in Montgomery County murder case might visit burial site

Montgomery County prosecutors are hoping to transport a jury to the site where a Howard County teacher was buried after, they say, her boyfriend killed her. The murder trial against Tyler Tessier is scheduled to begin Sept. 4. Prosecutors are preparing a motion to request the visit to the burial site, accessible only by a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Laura Wallen was pregnant at the time of her death last year, and Tessier’s attorney is arguing against showing the jury her sonogram images. [WTOP]

Busch wants state constitution to protect abortion in Maryland

House Speaker Michael E. Busch is leading the charge to pass a state constitutional amendment that would protect abortion rights in Maryland. With the amendment, Maryland  would not be able to prohibit abortion, even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its ban on state laws that outlaw it. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who is personally against abortion, said he was in favor of letting voters decide on the proposed amendment. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous pledged to promote Busch’s effort. [Washington Post]

Check out the 11 architectural styles used in Metro stations

A writer at Greater Greater Washington has broken down Metro station architecture into 11 distinct categories. One example: the “waffle” vaulting used at the Dupont Circle Metro station. This is the most common style and appears at 32 different stations. The blog has also published a map of the various architectural designs throughout the Metro system. [Greater Greater Washington]

Amtrak train derails near Union Station with 200 aboard

An Amtrak train heading to New York derailed near Union Station in D.C. on Thursday. About 200 people were on board at the time, but no one was injured, according to authorities. The derailment happened for unknown reasons at about noon as the train was making its slow approach to Union Station. [NBCWashington]

More rain could cause flash flooding

A flash flood watch remains in effect through early Saturday morning. Friday could bring more showers and thunderstorms, with a high of about 80 degrees. Overnight lows of about 70 degrees are predicted.

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