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Maryland Early Voting

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WUSA)-- For the general election, early voting centers will be open starting Friday October 22, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010, except for Sunday, October 24th when early voting centers are closed.

Early voting centers will be open from 10 am until 8 pm each day of early voting. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

Where can I vote early?

You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. From the list below, select the county where you live to find out where the early voting center or centers are in your county.

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County

Rushern Baker To Focus On Education And Jobs In Prince George's

(WUSA) -- Prince George's County's presumptive next county executive has his top two priorities in order: education and job creation.

Democrat Rushern Baker visited 9NEWS NOW Wednesday morning. He is not facing a Republican challenger in the November 2 election, and is expected to succeed Jack Johnson as county executive.

Baker said during the recent primary campaign, the top question he got was about improving schools and education in Prince George's County. "It's the reason I ran for county executive," he told 9NEWS NOW's Andrea Roane. Baker said he wants to "make sure we focus on quality teachers in every classroom. That's what we need to have in Prince George's County. That would improve the quality of education throughout the county."

Candidates Among Mourners For Mega-Church Founder

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA) The candidates running for Governor of Maryland were among the thousands of mourners who turned out for the "homegoing" funeral of Apostle Betty Peebles.

Peebles was the first woman to lead one of America's 100-largest churches.

The Jericho City of Praise in Landover boasts 15-thousand members, a bible college, a school and a senior housing complex.

Peebles founded the church with her husband, Bishop James R. Peebles Sr. in 1966. At the time, the couple and six members worshiped in the basement of a Washington D.C. social hall.

Peeble's husband died in 1996, only a year after the couple announced plans to move their fast-growing church to a site near Fed Ex field in Landover.

Betty Peebles oversaw the development of what is now the Jericho City of Praise.

Wegmans Grocery Store Comes To Prince George's County

LANHAM, Md. (WUSA) - - Construction crews are busy building the future of Prince George's County.

Wegmans, a family run chain named one of the best 100 places to work by Fortune Magazine, is an anchor store at the future Woodmore Town Plaza, located off 495 and Landover Road. 

The grocery store will open its second Maryland location Sunday at 7am.  Six hundred local residents have already been hired at the store. 

Jim Estepp with the non profit group, Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable, said the county has the space, resources, and demographics best suited for an economic boost.  "We have the highest educated population and the highest income of any majority African American county in the nation, to not serve us with a high quality retail would just be missing the boat."

Prince George's Council Members Vote to Raise Their Pay

The Gazette reports that the Prince George's County Council voted today to increase its $96,417 annual salary — the highest amount earned by council members in Maryland — despite sharp criticism from at least one presumptive councilman and two current members who said they should scale back the pay hikes.

"This is a really bad idea," said Mel Franklin, the presumptive District 9 county councilman, who is unopposed in the general election.

County Resolution 105, which was introduced and approved immediately by the council today after members agreed to suspend normal legislative procedure, sets new salary terms to start in December 2011 for the nine council members.

Prince George's County Bus Strike Ends After 5 Weeks

Upper Marlboro, MD (AP)- Bus drivers in Prince George's County have ended a five-week bus strike and are returning to work.

Tommy Ratliff, president of the union that represents drivers and mechanics, said union members approved a three-year contract with the bus operator Veolia Transportation on Monday. Ratliff says the union sought better job security and health insurance, higher wages and changes to a disciplinary policy.

The new contract includes a $1-an-hour pay increase, an additional holiday and continued pension contributions and health care options.

Valerie Michael, a spokeswoman for Veolia, says employees will start returning to work on Tuesday.

Veolia had run limited service for weeks. The company employs 136 full-time and 26 part-time workers in the county.

Prince George’s County Voters Can Vote Early Beginning October 22 Through October 28

The Prince George’s County Board of Elections announces Early Voting!!  In addition to Election Day, now, Prince George’s County voters will have six additional days to vote.  Early voting begins on Friday October 22 through Thursday, October 28.  The early voting centers will be closed on Sunday, October 24 2010. 

“The Board of Elections is excited about early voting.  This will give Prince George’s County voters an opportunity to vote at their convenience.  Nearly three percent of the voters in the county voted early for the Primary Election.  I challenge the voters of Prince George’s County to take advantage of the opportunity” said Elections Administrator Alisha Alexander. 

Prince George’s County has five early voting centers: