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Regional Recap, July 21, 2010

High Court: Slots Referendum Can Go Forward.  Maryland’s highest court on Tuesday ordered a referendum to go forward on a zoning measure needed for Maryland’s largest proposed casino, raising the possibility that voters in Anne Arundel County could reject the proposal. The Court of Appeals order reversed a lower court ruling last month that concluded the local ordinance was part of an appropriation package for maintaining state and local government and thus is not subject to a referendum.

Storms Make For Tumultuous Tuesday Night.  A volatile night of storms fired up several tornado warnings Tuesday night as intense rain fell throughout Maryland.The National Weather Service began issuing tornado warnings at about 5 p.m. for much of the WBAL-TV 11 News viewing area as severe storms raced through Baltimore. Then, at about 8 p.m., the weather service issued a tornado warning for portions of the northern suburbs of Baltimore that lasted for about an hour.

Girl, 17, Killed In Crash After Rainstorm.  Maryland State Police said a 17-year-old girl was killed Monday evening when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving on a slick road after a rainstorm.Police were called shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday to the area of Route 290 and Wilson Point Road in Galena, Kent County, for reports of a two-vehicle collision.Investigators said Aubrey Morgan Hicks, 17, of Fairlee, was driving north on Route 290 when she lost control of her vehicle on the wet road, traveled into the opposite lane and hit a pickup truck.

Couple’s E-ZPass Fees Balloon Into ThousandsE-ZPass can help drivers breeze past long toll booth lines, but for a Maryland couple, a small amount in tolls ended up costing thousands of dollars.State officials suspended the tags on the Markomanolakises’ pickup truck and family car, claiming there were 65 violations on their E-ZPass account.”They threatened to garnish my paychecks,” Jason Markomanolakis said.”I’ve got three kids,” Jennifer Markomanolakis said. “We’ve got two vehicles out there. We’re paying for each month, two payments, insurance, and we can’t even drive them. It has caused a major hardship.”

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