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    The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

    SURVIVOR OF HELICOPTER CRASH SUES
    Baltimore Sun: "The sole survivor of a 2008 Maryland medevac crash is suing the federal government for $50 million. The suit filed on behalf of Jordan Wells last week in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt alleges Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers provided outdated weather information. It also says they didn't dispatch an adequate search and rescue response after the crash."

    LET IT SNOW, WE'RE READY
    Gazette: "With the winter's historic snowstorms fresh in mind, Montgomery County residents this season will be able to follow the progress of snowplowing from the comfort of their dens — as long as they don't lose power. County officials Tuesday announced a Web-based storm operations map that will allow residents to view in real time the county's plowing progress."

    "AT" WAS ADDED...
    Loudoun Time: "It took 40 years for the General Assembly to find out you can’t stop a school bus when you’re driving the car behind it. Del. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), has pre-filed a bill to close a loophole in the law relating to passing a stopped school bus that causes a cockamamie definition of the law when read literally. It all started in 1970 when the General Assembly changed what is now State Code 46.2-859, which charges reckless driving to anyone who doesn’t halt at a stopped school bus. Or so they thought. Somehow, both houses in the state legislature and the governor missed the omission of two crucial letters- “at.” The law should read, “A person is guilty of reckless driving who fails to stop, when approaching from any direction, [at] any school bus which is stopped …” (Word in bracket added)."

    RECESSION LOWERED HIGHWAY DEATHS
    wtop.com: "Not all facets of the economic downturn have been negative. A new report indicates the recession has contributed to a significant drop in the highway death toll since 2005.  Fatalities around construction zones have dropped 30 percent as budget-conscious states cut back on road improvements, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute."