Local Leads: 4/23/10

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

    ELECTRIC RATES DROPPING, WHAT GIVES?
    Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. customers are expected to save as much as $161 annually when rates begin to plunge this summer to their lowest level since a massive rate hike in 2006. (Baltimore Sun)

    FORMER REFEREE CONVICTED
    Richard L. Rockett, Jr., 45, of Alexandria, Va., was convicted on April 21, 2010, for attempting to entice a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity following a bench trial before United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Earl Cook, Alexandria Chief of Police; and Shawn Henry, Assistant Director in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington Field Office, made the announcement. (Alexandrianews.org)

    THE GREEN HORNET IS BACK!
    As Navy Secretary Ray Mabus looked on, a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet, partially powered by renewable biofuels, took to the sky Thursday afternoon over Patuxent River Naval Air Station in the first of many test. (The Enterprise)

    BACHELORS IN GAMING
    Who would have thought playing hours of video games a day in high school would better prepare them for college? For those with a love of video gaming, George Mason University is now offering a venue to take it to the next level: a bachelor's degree in video game design. While some universities discipline their students in the visual and performing arts of the past, George Mason professors have tasked their students to form the art of the future, combining creativity with technology. (Fairfax Times)

    800- ROAD HAZARD HOTLINE
    The Virginia Department of Transportation will set up a one-stop shop for you to request assistance and report road hazards.
    The move comes as VDOT reduces its workforce and works to address a $4.6 billion shortfall. About 360 VDOT employees leave the agency Saturday.(WTOP.COM)