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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is among 24 states working toward a standardized system of government-funded behavioral health care.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen said tuesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Maryland about $982,000 to develop a plan for certified community behavioral health clinics.

After the plans are competed next year, the federal agency will fund demonstration programs in a as many as eight states.

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Governor Larry Hogan had been scheduled to speak at the Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City today.

But while he won’t be there because of the chemotherapy he is undergoing for cancer the Maryland Republican was not forgotten.

At the convention hundreds of local and state officials signed a huge get well card set up by the entrance into the convention center.

In addition, WBOC reports that green wrist bands were handed out imprinted with words such as survivor, faith and hope.

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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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KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been endorsed by Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner in his bid to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

The endorsement was announced Thursday.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, also was endorsed by former Rep. Beverly Byron, as well as Democratic members of the Frederick County Council.

Van Hollen already has received endorsements from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

He also has been endorsed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

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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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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.

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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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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She has become a legend on Capitol Hill as the longest serving woman in congress.

But yesterday Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not seek a sixth term next year.

The Maryland Democrat told reporters that the decision was a hard one but noted that she would still have nearly two more years before giving up the long held post.

During that time she said she wanted to give her constituents 120 percent of her time.

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Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris says he is against extending emergency unemployment insurance without a job creation plan.

Congressman Harris told the Capital News Service that he would favor a project like the Keystone pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada and the northern U.S. to Texas.     

Meanwhile, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen is pushing for an extension of jobless benefits and paying for them with cuts in agriculture subsidies.

The long term unemployment benefits ran out in late December affecting around 23-thousand Marylanders.