Local Leads: 9/16/10

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

    SLOTS REFERENDUM
    It's shaping up to be one of the hottest issues of the election: Will voters say yes or no to a casino with 4,750 slot machines at Arundel Mills mall? At least a few residents thought their voices would be heard during yesterday's primary election, not realizing that Question A - the referendum on whether slots should be allowed at the Hanover mall - will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. (The Capital)

    METRO THEFT UP
    Thefts of mp3 players, smart phones and other electronic devices on the Metro transit system surged during the first six months of the year, compared with the same period in 2009. Metro Transit Police recorded 1,074 assaults, thefts or other criminal offenses during the first six months of 2010, a 24 percent jump from the same period last year, and nearly double the number of crimes reported during the first half of 2006, according to a report submitted to the Metro Board's safety committee.
    ( Washington Examiner)

    UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DOWN
    The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week to its lowest level in two months, a sign that employers are cutting fewer jobs. The Labor Department says new claims for jobless benefits fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 450,000, the third decline in four weeks. Many economists had expected an increase. (AP/Richmond Times Dispatch)