DAYBREAK DAILY: Senate upholds McAuliffe veto of school-prayer bill
ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 60s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Officials to announce new Silver Line construction details; University of Maryland seek new safety measures for notorious U.S. Route 1 near Knox Road; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
NO PRAYER ZONE: At least for Virginia public schools, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The state Senate has upheld Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto of a bill intended to protect religious expression in public schools. McAuliffe has said the legislation could infringe students’ right to be free of “coercive prayer and religious messaging” at school events.” http://bit.ly/1jF3Ipo
WAYNE CURRY: Just the facts, per the Washington Post, “Former Prince George’s county executive Wayne Curry, 63, has been diagnosed with lung cancer according to two people who heard a recorded announcement that Curry sent friends and business associates this week. In the audio message, Curry — who did not return phone and e-mail messages from The Washington Post on Wednesday — said he has a hard fight ahead of him.
“As county executive from 1994 to 2002, Curry (D) led Prince George’s through a demographic shift that included the departure of many white families and a transformation into one of the most affluent majority African American jurisdictions in the country. As the first African American elected to lead a county in the Washington region, he helped fashion the deal that brought FedEx Field to Landover, making sure no county tax money was spent and minority business owners could participate.” http://wapo.st/1lHQWgP
MARYLAND RACE 2014: More jabs, per the Baltimore Sun, “Democrat Douglas F. Gansler sharpened his public attacks against rival Anthony G. Brown, charging Wednesday that his chief political opponent "did absolutely nothing" during his tenure as lieutenant governor and failed at the two main tasks he was given.
“During a radio interview on "The Marc Steiner Show," Gansler called the state's work to prepare for an influx of military workers "an unmitigated disaster" and again criticized Brown for the failed rollout of Maryland's health insurance website, two projects that Brown oversaw.” http://bsun.md/1f6kSjY
MARK MAYO: Of a medal, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The Navy on Friday will posthumously award Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo the service's highest noncombat medal. Officials announced Wednesday that Mayo, who was killed last month in a shooting aboard the destroyer Mahan, will receive the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.
“Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, will present the award to Mayo's family in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery before Mayo is buried at 1 p.m. The 24-year-old from Hagerstown, Md., was shot by a civilian truck driver the night of March 24 on the deck of the Mahan, which was moored at Norfolk Naval Station.” http://bit.ly/1tFytCR
TOBACCO: And the feds, per the New York Times, “The Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers.
“The regulatory blueprint, with broad implications for public health, the tobacco industry and the nation’s 42 million smokers, would also cover pipe tobacco and cigars, tobacco products that have long slid under the regulatory radar and whose use has risen sharply in recent years. The new regulations would ban the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco to Americans under 18, and would require that people buying them show photo identification to prove their age, measures already mandated in a number of states.” http://nyti.ms/QAiB5p
UKRAINE: The latest, per The Hill, “President Obama said Thursday that Moscow was not abiding by “the spirit or the letter” of an agreement struck by foreign ministers last week in Geneva designed to deescalate unrest in Ukraine. The president warned that the U.S. had “teed up” additional sanctions against Russia, and said Moscow had “days, not weeks” to publicly renounce the actions of “malicious and armed” pro-Russian separatists who continue to hold government buildings in eastern Ukraine.” http://bit.ly/1rnNfdz
POLITICO PLAY: “Some of the country’s biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull their party — and the country — to the left. The setting is the annual spring meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of wealthy liberals that’s the closest thing the left has to the vaunted Koch brothers’ political network.” http://politi.co/1ft65ug
GONE FISHING: Or something like that, per City Paper, “Washingtonian editor Garrett Graff, who took over in 2009, will leave the magazine in June, publisher Cathy Merrill Williams announced today.
“Hired at only 28 to replace his 75-year-old predecessor, Jack Limpert, who'd run the place for decades, Graff presided over a reinvention of the monthly magazine's front-of-the-book section, which he'd edited before taking over. Washingtonian won a Livingston Award for national reporting last year and is up for more than a dozen awards from the City/Regional Magazine Association this year; it won for "general excellence" and "online excellence" last year.” http://bit.ly/1iheYwY
‘FAR FROM DONE’: Of a P.G. wish list, per Gazette.Net, “Strengthening public schools, continued focus on reducing crime and tackling the county’s foreclosure problems are the next steps to continue making Prince George’s County the “place to be,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker III during his State of the County speech. “We have built a foundation that has given us an opportunity to soar,” Baker said. “But our work is far from done.”
“Baker spoke at a Comfort Inn in Bowie on Wednesday at the State of the County Breakfast, an event sponsored by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. The chamber holds the event each year as a fundraiser and invites other county leaders to attend, said Kelly Pierce, chamber executive director.” http://bit.ly/1f9hqoy
DEADLY WORK ZONES: Literally, per the Frederick News-Post, “. . .Five highway workers have been killed by drivers in Maryland since January 2013, according to the State Highway Administration. Four were killed in work zones. Eight people people died in work-zone crashes last year in Maryland — half of those were workers, and the other half drivers and passengers. Across the country, 28 people died in work-zone crashes.” http://bit.ly/1hnfxnb
GAY MARRIAGE: A cash cow?, per the Associated Press, “Legalizing gay marriage in Virginia could create hundreds of jobs and generate up to $60 million in spending over three years as same-sex couples spend thousands on their nuptials and out-of-town guests come to celebrate with them, according to a study by a UCLA think tank.
“In February, a federal judge in Norfolk struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages. The decision has been stayed while it is appealed, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Richmond on May 13. Lawyers for both sides expect the issue to ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, either in the Virginia case or one like it from another state.” http://bit.ly/1rnS74f
SKIM SCAM FOILED: Ah, credit cards, per the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “A New York man was arrested this month after a customer discovered the suspect was "skimming" from the credit cards of customers at a South Riding restaurant.
“Yaoliang Gao, 22, worked at Moca Asian Bistro in Eastern Marketplace Plaza in South Riding. A customer confronted Gao at the restaurant April 8, feeling Gao had done something suspicious with his credit card. The customer and the owner of the restaurant kept Gao at the scene until Loudoun County Sheriff's Office deputies responded.” http://bit.ly/1mHbjuh
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat L.A. Angels 5-4.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Sunflower Bakery isn't your typical bakery. Inside this Gaithersburg kitchen is a school for teens and young adults with cognitive disabilities. Monday through Friday, students arrive at 7:30 a.m. and learn how to follow a recipe, measure ingredients, and scoop cookie dough. The training program offers structure and an opportunity to learn employable skills. http://wj.la/1f4SEWP
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- With two months to go until the primary, former Maryland state Senator David Harrington looks at the race for governor.