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LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) - - The first time you're caught driving in Maryland with your cell phone to your ear it will cost you $40.00 every violation after that carries a penalty of $100 and a point on your driving record.

"People really get distracted when they're on their phone," said Tia Goodwater.

MORE: 9NEWS NOW's Great Hang Up Campaign

But admit it. We've all done it before.

Roger Sullivan said, "I feel a need to see what's happening in my other world when i'm driving so it is a temptation."

"Yes, I have and it's dangerous because i have a kid and i shouldn't be doing it," admitted Sherreen Tolliver.

"It's going to be difficult to enforce." 

Natasha Pettigrew’s Mother Will Take Her Place as Green Party Senate Candidate

Kenniss Henry, mother of deceased Green Party Senatorial candidate Natasha Pettigrew, filed her certificate of candidacy Monday afternoon to fill the nomination left vacant by the death of her daughter last week. Pettigrew was bicycling along the shoulder of Route 202 in Prince George's County when she was hit early last Sunday morning by an SUV. She died last Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident.

The party's Coordination Council unanimously approved Henry's nomination on Sunday and has submitted nomination papers on her behalf. "The Maryland Green Party is grateful to Natasha's mother Kenniss Henry for filling the vacancy left by Natasha's untimely passing", said Brian Bittner, Co-Chair of the Maryland Green Party.

Prince George's Leader Backs County Worker Raises

UPPER MARLBORO, MD. (AP) — The top elected official in Prince George's County is recommending raises for county workers that could cost $12 million a year, despite ongoing budget problems.

County Executive Jack Johnson made a recommendation this month to increase pay by 2 percent for roughly 6,000 union and nonunion employees.

The county has had severe budget difficulties; school system workers took a day of mandatory, unpaid leave Friday and have several more furlough days scheduled. Other county workers have had 20 furlough days in the past two years.

Term limits prevented Johnson from running for re-election and he will have left office by the time the county would fund the increases.

Transportation Concerns are a Priority in Southern Prince George’s County

Many of the residents who drive in Oxon Hill have experienced what has become a very high volume, and somewhat dangerous daily commute during the evening rush hour.  How many times have we seen congestion along Indian Head Highway at the Wilson Bridge Drive and Livingston Road/Kerby Hill Road intersections? 

How many times have we seen the Oxon Hill Road main corridor congested with Rivertowne Shoppers as well as workers traveling home for the evening?  With the addition of the National Harbor, the BRAC re-alignment that is due next year, as well as growing communities in Oxon Hill, Fort Washington, Accokeek, and areas in Charles County, now is the time to address this matter. 

Comptroller Franchot Tours Prince George’s School and City of Laurel

                   Comptroller Peter Franchot will join Prince George’s County Public School System administrators as they tour Deerfield Run Elementary School.  Comptroller Franchot will recognize the school for its good maintenance practices during his visit.  He is touring schools with outstanding maintenance records as a way to highlight institutions working hard to save state tax dollars through stellar upkeep.

The Comptroller will then head to the Laurel police department where he will be met by Mayor Craig Moe to participate in a walking tour.

WHEN:          Monday, September 27, 2010

WHERE:       Deerfield Run Elementary School

Prince George’s County will Benefit from $115 Million in Federal Stimulus to Boost Internet Speed

Prince George’s County’s elementary schools and other public buildings will soon have some of the fastest broadband Internet connections in the nation, thanks to a $115 million federal grant awarded to the One Maryland Broadband Network.

Over the next three years, the grant will enable the construction of high-speed fiber optic broadband connections to 115 County facilities, including every public elementary school and many libraries, fire stations, and other municipal facilities. The fiber network will also serve as a platform for private-sector companies to build “last-mile” connections to homes and businesses in areas of the County where residents are currently underserved.

Laurel Boys & Girls Cheerleaders’ Community Groove Fair

On October 30th from 10am-4pm, visit the Vendor Mall, Basketball Slam Jam, Workshops for girls ages 5-17.

Enjoy the family fun of music, face painting, moon bounce and much more...

Admission - $5.00 ages 4 & up, $4.00 with a non-perishable food item (donations Maryland Food Bank)

The event takes place at 701 Montgomery Street, Laurel, MD. 20707.