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Dial '511' To Check Traffic In Md.

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Motorists in Maryland can now receive up-to-the-minute traffic information through a new phone system.

Beginning Thursday, drivers can dial "511" to get the latest on traffic-related news, such as traffic jams, lane-closing roadwork and weather-related delays. Maryland State Highway Administration spokeswoman Valerie Burnette Edgar says callers also can choose to receive information about the Baltimore and Washington transit systems and flight information from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

At first, most of the road information offered will be limited to the state highway system and the Maryland Transportation Authority's toll facilities. Burnette Edgar says information on county roads will be added later.

The system is being operated by Rockville-based Telvent under a $4.7 million, five-year contract with the highway agency.

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4 More Heat Related Deaths In Maryland

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland health authorities say four more deaths have been linked to the hot weather, bringing the total for the season to 25.

The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says three deaths occurred in Baltimore earlier this month. Two of the victims were aged 65 or older, and the third was middle-aged. Officials say all three had illnesses that made them more vulnerable to the heat.

A middle-aged man also died in mid-July. Karen Black, a spokeswoman for the health department, tells The Baltimore Sun that the man did not have an underlying illness.

Health officials said about 245 state residents went to hospitals last week complaining of heat-related illnesses. That was down from about 480 the previous week.

Health authorities reported 32 confirmed heat-related deaths in 2010.

Miami-DC Flight Diverted To Charleston

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- One man described the turbulence onboard a flight Tuesday from Miami to Reagan National as the most terrifying 15 seconds of his life.

The incident sent about a half dozen people to the hospital and forced the plane to land in South Carolina.

The plane's passengers included a group of students from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School who were on a summer trip together. Little did they know that the end of their trip would turn into the ride of their lives.

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Vote: Theme Contest

In June, Dc.highschoolsports.net and W*USA 9 charged local high schoolers with creating the theme music for our weekly football show.  A few weeks later, we have received incredible entries from students all across the DMV! 

Now it's time for the viewers, friends and fans to pick their favorite theme.  The winning artist will receive a FREE professional recording session from Golden Sound Studio in Kensington, Maryland and hear their music on TV this fall!

The poll will be open from July 18 to August 11.  The winner will be selected from the group of top vote getters by a panel of W*USA 9 media experts. Check out the entries below, then scroll to the bottom of the page to vote for your favorite!

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National “Stop on Red” Week

National “Stop on Red” Week

 

Governor O’Malley helps launch new clean-energy device in Bethesda

Governor O’Malley helps launch new clean-energy device in Bethesda

 

On Monday, August 8, 2011,The electric vehicle revolution is underway with the introduction of mass-production, all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids.  A key challenge is creating the infrastructure to enable convenient use of these vehicles by consumers and businesses.  The establishment of a widespread, easily accessed network of chargers – the “gas stations” of EVs – is a critical dimension.