Local Leads: 6/27/11

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    NEWSLETTERS

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

    NUMBER OF TEEN FATAL CRASHES DOWN
    The Capital: " Serious crashes involving the youngest drivers have dropped significantly since Maryland tightened teen driving laws in 2009. According to preliminary state data obtained by The Capital last week, teen fatalities dropped 25 percent, from 48 deaths in 2009 to 36 in 2010. And teen injuries fell by 17 percent, from 5,479 in 2009 to 4,543 in 2010.

    While overall fatalities on Maryland's roads also dropped from 2009 to 2010, officials said the declines weren't as dramatic as in the teen statistics."

    FEWER TRAVELLING JULY 4TH
    wtop.com: "You may see fewer people on the road if you are traveling for the July 4 weekend, even though the price of gas has dropped in the last few weeks.  Gas in the D.C. metro region now averages about $3.66 a gallon for unleaded regular, down 7 cents from last week."

    LOCAL MEAT SALES
    Gazette: " A coalition formed to promote the sale of locally grown meat products in southern Maryland launched its Prince George’s County campaign Saturday at Miller Farms in Clinton. Southern Maryland Meats highlighted its new freezer space at the market, focusing on locally grown produce, with sample meatballs. Barbara Ouzts, 43, of Clinton, said the meatball sample tasted like “real beef,” as opposed to the beef grown in factory farms."