The Night Note: 01/27/09

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

Snow Sparks Dozens of Crashes

Snow keeps falling throughout the region and area road crews said traffic is moving slowly, but steadily. The snow began falling early this morning and has kept on a steady pace ever since. Despite the road crews’ efforts, police say they have worked dozens of car crashes this morning. Prince William County police have reports of 67 crashes since 6 a.m., all due to road and weather conditions. (

State Officials Hail Obama Decision on Auto Emissions

Maryland officials hailed a decision by President Barack Obama that would lead to cleaner cars on the state's roads. In published reports, Obama was said to have directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its past denial of requests by 14 states, including Maryland, to regulate automobile emissions. (

D.C. Voting Rights Act gets Another Chance

Supporters of the long effort to secure D.C. voting rights will return with renewed optimism Tuesday to Capitol Hill, where new legislation faces its first vote. With a Democrat as president and more Democrats in Congress, the legislation should pass the House easily, but it still faces a close vote in the Senate. (Washington Times)


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High Lead Levels Found in D.C. Kids

A new study concludes that hundreds of young children in the District experienced potentially damaging amounts of lead in their blood when lead levels were dramatically rising in the city's tap water. In some high-risk neighborhoods, the number of toddlers and infants with blood-lead concentrations that can cause irreversible IQ loss and developmental delays more than doubled after harmful levels of lead began leaching into the city's drinking water in 2001, according to the findings. (Washington Post)

Clooney Joins His Dad in D.C. to Talk Journalism

George Clooney is joining his father, veteran journalist Nick Clooney, in Washington for a screening of the famous bachelor's 2005 film "Good Night and Good Luck." The 47-year-old actor wrote and directed the film about legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. His father is now using the film to teach journalism students at American University. (AP/WTOP)

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