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Candidate/Media Briefing and Public Testing of Electronic Vote Tabulation System

The Montgomery County Board of Elections will conduct a candidate/media briefing and public parallel testing of the voting system to be used on Election Day on Friday, October 22, at the Elections Office, 18753 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 105, Gaithersburg.  The candidate/media briefing will begin at 9 a.m. followed at 10 a.m. by the public testing.

Anyone planning to attend the testing is asked to call 240-777-8562.


21 MCPS Students Named Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists

Twenty-one Montgomery County Public Schools students have been named semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship. The scholarship program, administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes promising African American students throughout the nation.

More than 1,600 public, private and home school students, nationwide, were identified as semifinalists for the 2011 scholarship program, based on their performance on the PSAT. These students can now compete for up to 800 Achievement Scholarships.

Last year, 14 MCPS students from six schools were named semifinalists for the award, and eight received the scholarship. This year, the 21 MCPS semifinalists are from seven high schools across the county—Blair, Blake, Magruder, Richard Montgomery, Poolesville, Watkins Mill and Whitman. Overall, MCPS accounts for more than one-third of the public school semifinalists in the state of Maryland.



Tomorrow night at 8:00pm, come check out Groovelily!

Their unbeatable combination of wit, charisma, and extraordinary musical talent has made GrooveLily a BlackRock audience favorite. With backgrounds in classical music, musical theater, jazz, and rock, the power pop trio of Valerie Vogoda on electric violin, Brendan Milburn on piano, and Gene Lewin on drums are creating a new musical genre that’s all their own.


The BlackRock Center for the Arts: 12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown, MD 20874

Court Orders Vote On Montgomery Co. Ambulance Fee

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

The lower court had ruled that elections officials were correct to bar referendums because thousands of people signed their names on petition forms in a manner that conflicted with state law. The county board of elections rejected thousands of petition signatures, including illegible ones and some from people who signed without a middle initial.ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court has ordered a public vote on a recently passed ambulance fee in Montgomery County.

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered the referendum on the ballot for Nov. 2.

Dangerous Weather to Impact Washington Area

Local forecasters and the National Weather Service are forecasting a significant rainfall event across the Washington D.C. Metro area beginning right now and continuing through tomorrow. Rainfall amounts of over 5 inches are possible in some areas with the vast majority of locations totalling in with 3-5 inches.

All of this rainfall is streaming northward from the south and is already making the afternoon damp in the metro area. Tropical Storm Nicole will handoff some of her energy to another low pressure center that is expected to develop over portions of the east coast. As this second low pressure area develops, copious amounts of rainfall will stream in.

In addition to the rainfall threat, there is a very small chance of isolated tornadoes to the east of the low pressure track. However, this chance is low. Even so, it is a threat that will need to be monitored in case it develops further.

Celebrate National Coffee Day With A Free Cup

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Wednesday is National Coffee Day in the United States.  32% of Americans say they need coffee to get through the day.  Today, 9NEWS NOW is teaming up to help you get a free cup for the day.

THE BUZZ: Learn more about National Coffee Day and who drinks the most java

All day Wednesday, visit the Mayorga Coffee stores in Rockville, or National Harbor, Md, as well as the Takoma section of Washington DC.  Mention that you are a friend of WUSA9, 9NEWS NOW, or wusa9.com, and you will get a free cup of drip coffee.

Here are the locations involved:


801 Pleasant Drive

Rockville, Maryland

Open 6:00am - 7:00pm

County Facing $140M Shortfall for Fiscal 2012

The Gazette reports that Montgomery County has a $145 million budget shortfall that officials already have identified for fiscal 2012, which begins next July.

On Tuesday, county officials told the County Council that known expenditures will be 4.3 percent higher in fiscal 2012 than this year. A fiscal plan approved by the council earlier this year allows for growth of one-tenth of one percent.

To help curb government expenses, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has directed all county agencies to prepare to trim their budgets by as much as 15 percent. County spokesman Patrick K. Lacefield said such a scenario might not even be the worst case if decisions during the next Maryland General Assembly session, which begins in January, transfer more state expenses — such as teacher pensions — to county government.