Regional Recap, May 26, 2010

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Annual ‘Click It Or Ticket” Campaign Begins. Authorities around the country are kicking off their annual Click It or Ticket campaign in which police will pull over and cite drivers who aren’t belted.On Tuesday, police in Baltimore city and Harford and Howard counties joined forces to catch drivers along Route 40 who weren’t wearing seat belts.Officers gave $25 tickets to everyone in vehicles who weren’t wearing seat belts, including passengers. They weren’t giving points.

Wastewater Contamination Closes Cypress Creek In Severna Park. The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing of Cypress Creek in Severna Park due to an overflow of wastewater.Health Department officials said the overflow of wastewater began overnight at a pumping station located at McKinsey Road and Route 2. They said a power failure caused the problem and that the overflow may exceed 100,000 gallons.Health officials are warning residents against direct water contact with the creek. They said those who do come in contact with the affected water should wash with soap and warm water immediately.

Feds Commit Nearly $4M For December Storm.  Leaders of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said they have committed nearly $4 million to help Maryland recover from a December 2009 snowstorm.Maryland Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Muth said Tuesday the FEMA funds will be used to support the rebuilding of Maryland’s infrastructure after the Dec. 18-20 snowstorm.State and local governments as well as certain private nonprofit groups are eligible to apply for the $3,898,000 in public assistance funds.Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties and Baltimore city have been designated for public assistance funding.

Heated Arguments In Slots Trial.  Heated arguments were heard in an Anne Arundel County court on Tuesday over the validity of a petition repealing zoning for slots.Petition supporters got an early victory on Tuesday because the judge wouldn’t allow testimony from a handwriting expert who was expected to detail why the petition is rife with fraud.

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