2012 County Health Rankings


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland education officials say the state's graduation rate was 83.6 percent for the class of 2012, an increase of 1.5 percentage points over two years.

Officials are crediting Maryland's steady funding of education and efforts by local districts to address achievement gaps for the increase.

Maryland is outpacing the national graduation rate. Using 2010 data, the National Center for Education Statistics estimated this year that 78 percent of public school students nationally earned a diploma within four years of starting high school.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a gun-control measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The House voted 78-61 Wednesday for the bill.

It has a number of differences from a measure the Senate passed more than a month ago. The two chambers will have to work out the differences before the General Assembly adjourns at midnight Monday.


NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Representatives of energy giant Kinder Morgan are giving a presentation to the state board that oversees the Port of Wilmington.

Monday's presentation at a meeting of the Diamond State Port Corporation comes as the Markell administration continues negotiations with Kinder Morgan over privatizing operations at Wilmington port.

Last month, lawmakers approved a bill giving the General Assembly a say before any privatization deal is signed.

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Eastern Shore Virginians eat too much, drink too much and die too early.

That’s the conclusion of a new health survey that found Accomack County ranked 91 out of 131 counties under the 2012 County Health Rankings.


             New Castle is the healthiest county in the state of Delaware.

            That’s the conclusion of the 2012 County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

            Meanwhile, Kent County as in the past ranked the lowest for overall health…although residents do live longer than those in Sussex County.

            Paul Silverman with the Division of Public Health told the Wilmington News Journal that it was difficult to tell why Kent is less healthy than other counties.