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- Perry Hunt, 35, of the 6500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue (20747), arrested on January 6, 2006, for the November 25, 2005, murder of Melvin Curtis Rouise, 25. Sources and details.
- Civil Trial Is Underway For Pr. George's Officer; Student's Family Sues Over 2000 Killing
- Police still have not publicly identified one of the January 6 homicide victims; neither January 6 homicide is yet documented on the police website.
- More money for schools? Lawmakers eye bigger slice of pie for Pr. George's
- $8 million for transit-oriented development
- $5.6 million to upgrade and expand the Bus service
- $5 million for Suitland Manor redevelopment
- $5 million for the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District in the Port Towns
- $3 million for the McGuire Senior Public Housing Development in Oxon Hill
- $3 million for a multicultural service center to serve Hyattsville/Langley Park
. . . Schools topped the list of five priorities in the county's 2006 legislative agenda County Executive Jack Johnson detailed Monday at James Madison Middle School in Clinton.
"Last year we got more money for education than any county in the state," Johnson said. "This year we have a greater opportunity to do even better because we have a surplus."
Johnson said the county will ask for $99.7 million for new school construction and $19.9 million for renovations and repairs. He proposes matching that with $69.7 million in county funds.
County legislators will also ask the state to reimburse Prince George's for $39.2 million in school construction projects it funded last year.
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"Out of the education committee we'll be doing everything we can to help these fine young men and women," said Del. James Proctor, D-Prince George's, gesturing to a dozen Madison students in the audience.
Sen. Ulysses S. Currie, D-Prince George's, said he would also work to improve teacher pensions, which currently pay retired educators about $28,000 a year.
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Other initiatives included creating violence-free school zones, matching apartment owners' security expenses with tax breaks, and charging 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for car theft.
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