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Local roundup: Legislation targeting Holocaust ties fails in Md.

Legislation targeting Holocaust ties fails

Legislation to block a company from winning a Purple Line light-rail contract until a French railway paid reparations for taking people to camps during the Holocaust stalled before the Maryland General Assembly session that ended Monday.

The proposal threatened $900 million in federal aid for the 16-mile line planned between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. A Federal Transit Administration attorney said it could have violated procurement rules. Maryland officials have said they can’t afford the $2.37 billion project without aid.

The legislation would have banned Keolis from winning a contract until its majority owner, Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF), paid reparations. The government-owned railway transported 76,000 Jews and other prisoners to Nazi death camps.

— Katherine Shaver

Money scattered after lone bank robber flees

Prince George’s County police are looking for a man they say robbed a bank Tuesday morning and left cash in the streets of Upper Marlboro while fleeing.

At about 10 a.m., a man walked into a Bank of America on Church Street, pulled out a gun and demanded money, according to Cpl. Nate Lewis, a spokesman for county police.

The tellers complied, and the robber sped away in an “older-model gray station wagon,” police said. A dye bag with the cash exploded and an “undisclosed” amount of money flew out of the car, Lewis said. The money was recovered.

— Rachel Weiner

Burglaries continue at Subway stores

Fairfax County police believe a single man may have robbed 27 Subway sandwich shops.

The most recent burglary occurred Monday about 2 a.m., when someone broke open the door to a Subway restaurant in the 8900 block of Burke Lake Road and made off with cash, police said. It was one of nine recent burglaries in Fairfax.

The description of the suspect is similar to a string of other burglaries in Alexandria and Montgomery and Howard counties in Maryland that began in November, police said.

The suspect was wearing a light hoodie and dark pants.

— Justin Jouvenal

House, Senate fail to resume budget talks

Virginia’s House and Senate returned to the Capitol on Tuesday but failed to resume budget talks that stalled more than a month ago over expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The Senate passed a two-year, $96 billion budget but didn’t vote on the House’s competing plan, normally required to get the rival proposals back to budget negotiators.

By late Tuesday afternoon, the House and Senate had both gone home without setting a date to return. The impasse could lead to a government shutdown if it is not resolved by July 1.

— Laura Vozzella


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