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Gaithersburg radioactivity was ‘safe,’ but higher than reported earlier

Plus: Olympic diver visits county aquatic center; State Senate approves early voting center expansion

Gaithersburg radioactivity was ‘safe,’ but higher than reported earlier

A February incident in the nuclear reactor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg potentially emitted more radioactive material than initially thought, according to federal records reviewed by the News4 I-Team.

Though the levels were well below safety limits, the agency said its further review of the mishap found samples of radioactive material at a level three times higher than original estimates. [NBC 4]

Olympic diver visits county aquatic center

Olympic diver Steele Johnson visited the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in North Bethesda on March 26 to shoot a promotional video.

Johnson is a silver medal-winning Olympic diver who made his debut at the 2016 Rio Games. [Montgomery Community Media]

State Senate approves early voting center expansion

The Maryland Senate gave final approval to a bill expanding the number of early voting centers across the state Wednesday after a final round of heated partisan debate and failed Republican amendments.

House Bill 745, sponsored by House Majority Leader Eric G. Luedtke (D-Burtonsville), would increase the number of early voting centers required in Maryland’s counties based on the number of registered voters in each jurisdiction. [Maryland Matters]

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