Snow Likely Today; Board Supports Funding Plan for Metro; Three New Marijuana Stores Approved for Montgomery County

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Regional leaders put support behind $500 million funding plan for Metro

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors passed a resolution Wednesday urging Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia to each chip in $125 million annually to help fund the Metro. The combined total of $500 million annually would alleviate some of the transit system’s budgetary needs—though General Manager Paul Wiedefeld says more than $15 billion is needed in the next decade. Pending approval from each jurisdiction, the funding plan could be implemented in July 2019. [WTOP]

Regulators approve 12 new marijuana dispensaries in state

Twelve new marijuana dispensaries have been cleared to open in Maryland, making 22 stores that have been fully approved. The twelve includes three Montgomery County stores: Harvest of Maryland, Bloom Medicinals and Herbology. More than 60 other dispensaries are still awaiting final approval in the state. [Washington Post]

Massage therapist from Silver Spring pleads guilty to abusing women

Habtamu Gebreslassie, a 24-year-old from Silver Spring, has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing or attempting to abuse three female clients when he worked at Massage Envy in Tenleytown in Washington. Other women have also come forward to accuse Gebreslassie of abuse, including one who said she spoke out after hearing of complaints from scores of other women at other spas where he worked. He faces up to five years in prison. [WJLA]

Judge orders state to pay salaries of two disputed Hogan appointments

An Anne Arundel County judge order the state to pay salaries of two Gov. Larry Hogan appointees after the state withheld their payment following a dispute about their appointments. Hogan nominated former Planning Secretary Wendi Peters and acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader while the Legislature was not in session, and later withdrew the nominations and reappointed them in acting capacities. The state paid them but stopped in June, citing budget language about appointments that are not acted on by the end of the legislative session. The state has been ordered to pay them retroactively dating back to July 1, but the state has filed an appeal. [Washington Post]

Likely chance of snow

The area might see up to an inch of snow today. Some snowfall is likely, especially after 1 p.m., with the National Weather Service forecasting a high near 35 and a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

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