- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 12, 2008

REGION

House passes Metro funding

The House passed a measure Wednesday that would provide long-term funding for Metro.

The provision was tacked onto an Amtrak bill.

The amendment would authorize $1.5 billion for the system over 10 years, provided Maryland, Virginia and the District contribute dedicated funding.

Supporters of Metro have long said the federal government should play a role in maintaining and improving the transit system because it is in the capital and so riders are federal employees.

In the Senate, Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is blocking a bill on Metro funding. He says taxpayers from other parts of the country shouldn’t have to pay for transit in the District.

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS

State gathers Currie files

State officials are arranging to turn over eight boxes of documents requested by federal authorities in an investigation involving Sen. Ulysses S. Currie, Prince George’s Democrat, according to the state Attorney General’s office.

The subpoena from the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore was sent May 30 to the state’s Department of Legislative Services, which provides administrative and technological support to members of the General Assembly.

The subpoena is seeking a wide array of documents, focusing on the legislative activities and financial records of Mr. Currie. The deadline in the subpoena for the information was Wednesday.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Study: Drug funds unspent

Millions of dollars allocated to fight substance abuse are not being spent, and agencies are not held accountable for more than $100 million that is being used, a legislative study found.

Substance abuse cost state and local governments at least $613 million in 2006, mostly for public safety, and they spent an additional $102 million providing treatment, according to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report.

Meanwhile, more than $9 million budgeted for Medicaid participants enrolled in substance abuse programs was not used. Nearly $18 million generated by sales at state-run liquor stores that is mandated for substance abuse treatment was diverted to other uses, said the report, which was released Monday.

ROANOKE

Sweep nets 626 fugitives

A weeklong roundup that targeted violent offenders in western Virginia resulted in the arrest of 626 fugitives wanted on more than 900 charges, federal authorities said Wednesday.

The sweep, led by the U.S. Marshals Service, was part of a nationwide initiative. Nationwide, 2,353 suspects were arrested, Deputy U.S. Marshal William Fallon said .

Marshal Fallon said 239 local law-enforcement officers were sworn in as special deputy marshals, allowing them to cross jurisdictional lines to make arrests.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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