Magruder Graduate Killed by Alleged Drunken Driver; Metro Board Reform Faces Questions

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Magruder High grad killed by alleged drunken driver in South Carolina crash

David Newell, 22, was driving his moped after taking an exam at the University of South Carolina when he was struck from behind by a man driving a pickup truck. The crash killed the Magruder High School graduate. Police identified the truck driver as former University of South Carolina student Charles Davenport, 24. A prosecutor said Davenport was “grossly intoxicated” when he struck Newell’s moped. [The State, NBC4]

Metro board reform proposal faces legal questions

A proposal by former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to cut Metro’s 16-member board to five people might face legal scrutiny, according to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s office. Hogan’s spokesman, Doug Mayer, said reducing the number of board members would require re-opening the compact for the transportation agency between Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. [WAMU]

Utility vehicle stolen from Poolesville High School

Montgomery County police said a John Deere Gator utility vehicle was taken from the high school sometime between Nov. 10 and 12. The Gator was last seen parked in a utility shed near the school’s football filed on the afternoon of Nov. 10. Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 240-773-6084. [Montgomery County police]

Maryland becomes testing ground for federal opioid crisis response

The state is one of seven states that have been approved to allow residential drug treatment centers to bill Medicaid for providing treatment. The change, which was permitted after President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency last month, could enable more treatment centers to fill all the beds they have available, rather than keep some empty due to a lack of funding. [Baltimore Sun]

Sunny, mild day expected

The National Weather Service predicts a sunny high near 56 degrees with breezy conditions Wednesday and a nighttime low dropping to around 31 degrees.

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