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Posted at 8:13 AM ET, 01/12/2010

Tuesday news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. Here are your Tuesday news headlines.

Safer roads in Virginia? In Virginia, The Examiner reports that state legislators are looking at strengthening the ban on texting while driving. The state has one on the books – but many safety advocates say the current law is far too weak to have an impact. But even the measure’s sponsor, Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) knows it will be an uphill battle, since the state traditionally favors a hands off approach to lawmaking. The paper also notes that road safety is also on the agenda in Fairfax, where county supervisors are considering several traffic safety initiatives.

Group ranks Virginia low in traffic safety. These efforts come at the same time a non-profit road safety group has issued a new reporting giving Virginia some is among the worst in the country for highway safety laws. D.C. received the highest marks for keeping its roads safe, while Maryland ranks somewhere in between.

A safer Metro? Metro workers are headed to safety school.

Fewer bullies in Maryland schools? Across the Potomac, where the legislative session gets underway this week, Maryland legislators are considering a change that would allow principals to share information about troubled students with the police -- a practice not currently allowed because of student privacy issues. The report is in The Examiner.

Two bits of news regarding the troubled Prince George’s Hospital system. The Gazette reports that a committee charged with finding a buyer for the system had concluded that no entity is likely to purchase the medical facility and that officials must seek other ways to preserve medical care in the community. The Post notes on its Maryland Politics blog that the hospital system may partner with the University of Maryland medical system to explore whether a teaching hospital could be built in the county. Officials believe such a facility could attract top notch medical talent.

U Va. gets new president. We mentioned in yesterday afternoon's news roundup, but just in case you missed it: University of Virginia has a new president. Teresa A. Sullivan, currently provost at the University of Michigan, will be trading her Wolverine wear for a Caveliers cap.

More amenities on Acela. Train travelers will be happy to hear that the Acela, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is adding several amenities to its trains, including free wireless lnternet, leather seats and improved tray tables, NBC 4 reports.
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Coming up. Post reporters will be looking into reports of the body of a young man found on a road in rural Montgomery County early this morning. Here’s our initial report. Third wave? Health officials are preparing for a third wave of H1N1 flu infections, WUSA reports.

Thanks for reading and have a good day!
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By Washington Post editors  | January 12, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
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