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Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that some $632-thousand in federal money will be going to the Visitor Center STEM in Action Project at Wallops Flight facility.

The Maryland Democrat said she hopes this grant will inspire a generation of space enthusiasts.

The money will go toward the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math areas of study.

WBOC reports that the program is a collaboration that includes the Virginia Space Flight Academy, the Wallops Education Team and the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $800,000 to Maryland to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the award in a news release Tuesday.

The award to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will go to producing and planting 1.5 billion hatchery seeds in three years.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski capped her political career last night by nominating the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

Declaring that Hillary Clinton wants to break down barriers the Maryland Democrat placed the former Secretary of State’s name into nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

The longtime senator whose congressional career stretches back to 1976 was chair for Clinton’s first run for the presidency in 2008 against then Senator Barak Obama.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The port of Baltimore has welcomed the first-ever mega-container ship to arrive at its docks through the newly expanded Panama Canal, marking what officials call a "new era" for the port.

Media outlets report that Tuesday the Ever Lambent, a 1,095-foot Taiwanese cargo ship that can carry more than 4,200 40-foot shipping containers, arrived in Baltimore. Thanks to years of work dredging the port, it can now handle the large ships, creating a new boom for the port.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal grant is bringing long-distance care to children with social, emotional and behavioral problems in three rural Maryland counties.

U.S. senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced $300,000 in funding Monday from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Baltimore-based Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The Maryland senators say in a statement that the institute will partner with hospitals in Garrett and Worcester counties, and with school-based health centers in Dorchester County, to screen patients and deliver specialized care.

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$112 million is coming Maryland’s way as part of a 2017 Senate bill funding Energy and Water Development that was approved this week.

The money will be will go to projects by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers involving the state’s waterway and infrastructure.

The projects range from $62 million for Poplar Island environmental restoration and $1 million for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration program to $1.9 million for the Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive restoration plan and $2 million for maintenance dredging of the Wicomico River.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland is expected to be heavier than normal, because the nominations for president haven't yet been determined.

Adding to voter interest, a high-profile U.S. Senate race is being decided Tuesday. There are also two strongly contested U.S. House primaries.

In the Senate race, Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have been battling in a contentious Democratic primary, as Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.Both candidates represent

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards' campaign says Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will endorse Edwards in the Democratic primary for Senate.

The campaign said in a news release that Mosby, who is prosecuting six police officers in the death a year ago of Freddie Gray, will announce her endorsement Tuesday at the Edwards campaign's Baltimore office.

Edwards and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen are the front-runners for a rarely open Senate seat when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.

Maryland's primary is April 26.

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The Washington Post is endorsing Rep. Chris Van Hollen, saying he has the "potential to be a very good senator."
    
The Post's editorial board endorsed Van Hollen in Monday's newspaper, calling him a "talented successor" to Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who announced last year that she wouldn't seek re-election. The primary is set for April 26.
    

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated the longtime head of Baltimore's library system as the next Librarian of Congress.

would be the 14th Librarian of Congress in the institution's 214-year history and the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. Obama announced her appointment on Wednesday.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new poll shows that U.S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards are very close in the number of people likely to vote in Maryland's Democratic primary in April.

Van Hollen, who represents Maryland's 8th District, got was favored by 38 percent of likely voters in the primary. Edwards, who represents the 4th District, got 36 percent. Twenty-four percent were undecided, according to the Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies poll released early Tuesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Chrys Kefalas, who worked as an attorney in former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's administration, says he is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Kefalas made the announcement Tuesday.

Kefalas advised Ehrlich on clemency issues, which was a priority of the Republican governor during his tenure from 2003 to 2007.

Kefalas, 36, is from Parkville in Baltimore County. He has worked for the Justice Department and the National Association of Manufacturers since his job in the Ehrlich administration.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Del. Kathy Szeliga is scheduled to make an announcement about plans regarding a potential run for U.S. Senate.

Szeliga, a Republican who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, has scheduled a news conference at the City Dock in Annapolis on Tuesday.

She has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2011. She has been the House minority whip since 2013.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat, announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election in 2016.

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Maryland cities will be getting nearly $3 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The money comes through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants program and will be used by local municipalities for support public safety and reduce violent crimes.

In addition, some funds will be aimed at dealing with crimes against children.

Over $1 million will go the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to help defray the costs of the overtime by police during the riots in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A campaign spokeswoman for Maryland Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger says he will not run for Senate.

Jaime Lennon, the spokeswoman, said Tuesday Ruppersberger plans to seek re-election to Maryland's 2nd Congressional District instead.

Ruppersberger, a Democrat who represents parts of Baltimore city and parts of the surrounding area, will be running for his eighth term in Congress.

Ruppersberger had been mulling running for the Senate seat that will be open when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires next year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A pastor who was highly visible during the unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death says he's running for Congress.
 
Jamal Bryant announced Monday that he will seek to represent the 7th District.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

In her statements, the Maryland Democrat said that while no deal is perfect,  "especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime, I have concluded that this is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich says he isn't running for president, and he has no plans to run for U.S. Senate, either.

Ehrlich, a Republican, had made several trips to the early nominating state of New Hampshire, but he said Monday in a telephone interview that he hasn't been thinking about entering the crowded GOP presidential primary for some time.

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Maryland’s senior Senator Barbara Mikulski wants to put the image of Harriet Tubman on the ten dollar bill.

The Maryland Democrat along with New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen has introduced a measure that would do just that.

Mikulski said that it would honor the trailblazing role of women in American history.

Tubman was born in Dorchester County and escaped slavery in 1849 and then returned to the Eastern Shore to lead others slaves to freedom.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The government's first estimate of damage from rioting last month in Baltimore puts the cost at $9 million.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office said Tuesday the preliminary estimate comes from a Small Business Administration survey of 284 businesses and two homes damaged during riots following the death of Freddie Gray.

Mikulski's office says the agency found that 30 businesses and one home sustained major damage. Another 254 businesses and one home sustained minor damage.

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FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (AP) - Rep. Donna Edwards has been endorsed by seven members of the Prince George's County Council in her bid to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

The endorsements were announced Wednesday in Fort Washington.

The endorsements came from Mel Franklin, Derrick Davis, Danielle Glaros, Andrea Harrison, Mary Lehman, Obie Patterson and Karen Toles.

Earlier this week, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun endorsed Edwards.

Edwards is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen for the Democratic nomination to run for Mikulski's seat.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign says Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker will endorse Hollen for U.S. Senate.

Baker is expected to announce his endorsement Wednesday at a news conference Wednesday in Colmar Manor.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, is running for the Senate seat currently held by Barbara Mikulski, who will retire. He has raised more than $1 million for his campaign.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Texas energy company says it's shelving plans for a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore amid opposition from state and federal lawmakers concerned about protecting jobs at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station across the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to "unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks." Vice President Adam Cohen cited U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's efforts to stall the project pending further study.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is flexing his fundraising muscles.

The Democratic congressman reported Wednesday that he has raised more than $1 million in the four weeks since Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced she won't seek re-election in 2016. Maryland's primary is set for April of next year.

Van Hollen is reporting that he raised more than $1.15 million in the first quarter of 2015. That brings his cash-in-hand total to more than $2.5 million.

Van Hollen was quick to announce his candidacy for the Senate seat.

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Great Bay Wind says it’s turning to solar power instead.

Pioneer Green Energy has announced that the obstacles to erecting a large wind farm in Somerset County have led to an indefinite suspension of its plans.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in a letter sent to the Somerset County Commissioners last week the company said that with language in the federal defense legislation last year delaying the project had caused too much uncertainty to move ahead.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says $41 million in federal funds approved by Congress will help clear rape kit backlogs across the country and solve crimes.

Along with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Biden toured a Maryland State Police forensic laboratory in Pikesville on Monday and addressed the importance of clearing the backlog of an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested throughout the U.S.

Biden said the federal funding will help local and state law enforcement agencies test the kits and train personnel.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A state delegate who represents parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties is the latest candidate to announce a bid for Congress in Maryland's 4th District.

Democratic Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk told The Associated Press in an email on Sunday that she plans to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Donna Edwards. A formal announcement is expected on Tuesday.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden will join Senator Barbara Mikulski in Pikesville to highlight funding directed toward clearing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits.

Biden and Mikulski will meet at the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Laboratory Monday and discuss a $41 million fund earmarked in the federal spending budget for reducing rape kit backlogs.

The funding will go toward testing current kits, avoiding future backlogs and providing training and personnel.

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Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he is going to run for a seat on congress after his defeat by Republican Governor Larry Hogan in last year’s November elections.

The Maryland Democrat will seek Representative Donna Edwards’ seat who has decided to run for U.S. Senate now that Barbara Mikulski has announced her retirement next year.

Brown said that he believed he still had something to give to back to his community.

The district sits next to Washington D.C. and includes a portion of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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