The Memo: Sept. 21, 2011

Good morning. Here’s your daily look at the Montgomery County headlines you may have missed.

Elkins Park native Josh Fattal and his hiking companion are more than likely on the verge of release from their months-long stint in an Iranian prison as you read this. [AP]

It literally took seconds. After my colleague Joe Di Stefano first reported news of a state study arguing there may be market share left for a fifth Philadelphia-area casino – possibly on City Line Avenue – Lower Merion, not surprisingly, blew up. No way. No how, a parade of local officials said at the prospect of putting a big traffic draw on an already congested thoroughfare. And for the record, the study does not describe an actual plan to put a casino on LM’s borders, just points out that its location would be prime for such an enterprise. Read the original story in the [Inquirer], reaction from [Patch] and [Main Line Media News]

Republican GOP commissioner candidates Bruce L. Castor Jr. and Jenny Brown laid out their platform Tuesday on ethics and transparency. Coming off a contentious fight over a county-wide ethics policy during the last administration, the duo proposes a slate of reforms such as allowing public comment before taking votes (instead of after) and not editing the telecasts of commissioner’s meetings that air on local cable channels. Castor says his political enemies have been editing him out. [Intelligencer]

Last month’s earthquake that shot up the East Coast could become a factor as the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission looks to renew the license of Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station. [Mercury]