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

    ROAD CLOSING AT UMD
    College Park and Prince George's County officials -- as well as students at the University of Maryland, College Park -- have criticized the university's plan to partially close the campus' busiest street this summer, arguing the move will inconvenience public bus passengers who use the route on their way to school or work. (Gazette)

    WHO USES ROAD MAPS?
    Virginia's road map has had its first major facelift since 1995. The map, available at state rest stops and online at the Virginia transportation department website, is to help drivers find their way to many of the commonwealth's attractions. The map features new fonts and enhances the display of elevation. The map also features multiple attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs from the North Carolina—Virginia border to near Waynesboro, when it becomes Skyline Drive—in honor of the road's 75th anniversary. (Insidenova.com)

    PEE IN THIS CUP
    Four little words can strike fear in the most seasoned of criminals: Pee in this cup.
    For the thousands of people monitored by the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, the urinalysis program is a reality they face on a regular basis. And the program is central to the division's goals, said George V. Kirk, supervisor of the division's field office at the Frederick County Courthouse. (Frederick News Post)

    TAXIS STRUGGLING IN ALEXANDRIA
    Alexandria taxicab drivers say city laws are putting drivers and dispatch companies out of business.  "It's time for a meter increase," said taxi operator Chand Dodhy, who argued the city's current rates and regulations are choking the local taxi industry.  The city implemented new taxicab laws in 2005, which required that each driver respond to at least two dispatch calls per day. The rules were meant to ensure residents could rely on taxis to show up when called. But problems persist.
    (Washington Examiner)

    VDOT NEEDS GRASS CUTTERS
    The Virginia Department of Transportation wants community do-gooders to pick up where it's leaving off -- mowing state roads.
    VDOT is seeking volunteers to help keep the grass cut along some state roads after the department's annual mowing budget was slashed nearly in half, to $22 million from $42 million. (wtop.com)