State’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Jealous for Governor; Maryland Considers Phasing Out Cash Tolls; Trone Donates $3 Million More to His Congressional Campaign

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Ben Jealous earns teachers union endorsement

The Maryland State Education Association, the largest teachers union in the state with 74,000 members, has endorsed Ben Jealous for governor. The former NAACP president, who is running in the Democratic primary to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan, was the first to call for allocating casino money to public schools, and has also called for increasing teacher’s salaries. [Washington Post]

Trone pours another $3 million into his congressional bid for 6th District seat

Potomac businessman and Democrat David Trone, owner of Total Wine and More, has given another $3 million to his campaign to succeed Rep. John Delaney, for a total of more than $5 million so far. Meanwhile, state Del. Aruna Miller, also running for the seat, has received more individual donations than any of her Democratic opponents. [Washington Post] 

Maryland considers phasing out cash tolls

Cash tolls could become a thing of the past in Maryland. The Maryland Transportation Authority is considering a transition to all-electronic tolls, which officials say will save time and money and reduce crashes and CO2 emissions. There’s no specific timetable or budget for the proposal, but some all-electronic plazas could be built by summer 2019. [Capital News Service]

County police receive most complaints against officers for speeding and courtesy

The Internal Affairs Division of the Montgomery County police department receives the most complaints against officers for speeding and courtesy, according to a division spokesman. Internal affairs employs six detective sergeants for a police force of more than 1,400 officers and civilians. Police say that low number points to “the relatively few problems” the department faces internally. [MCMedia]

Bethesda bridge closed after found ‘structurally compromised’

Metro and the National Park Service closed the Sycamore Store Trail under the trestle at Walhonding Road in Bethesda. It was one of two former trolley trestles found to be “structurally compromised;” the other was inaccessible to pedestrians near Wilson Lane. The closure blocks access to the pedestrian overpass leading to the C&O Canal Towpath from MacArthur Boulevard. [WTOP]             

Cloudy, windy day

Today should be cloudy with a high near 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Winds will be between 10 and 17 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph. Clouds should gradually clear tonight, and the low temperature will be about 36 degrees.

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