HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The operator of an airplane mechanic school in Hagerstown says job-fair registration numbers indicate strong demand for aviation industry workers.

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is playing host to the job fair Wednesday at its campus near Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Campus Director Butch Adams says in a statement that the event has attracted more employers than available students for hire. He says that's a strong indicator of career trends for the region.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Small-town pride has a new meaning in rural America.

Now that victories for same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights have made it easier for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to live openly, many more small towns are getting LGBT resource centers and pride festivals, including Saturday's event in downtown Hagerstown, Maryland.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Hagerstown's new police chief is pushing ahead with a body-camera program.

The agenda for Tuesday's City Council work session includes a request from Chief Victor Brito (BREE'-toh) for the purchase of 60 cameras from Taser International Inc. The department began a pilot program with six body cameras in February.

The documents show the cameras will cost $52,000, with maintenance and storage costs of about $16,000 a year.

Brito took over earlier this month. The program was begun by his predecessor, Mark Holtzman.

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The Macy’s store in the Centre at Salisbury will be spared after the chain released a list of closures.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that stores in Hagerstown, Maryland along with ones in Hampton and Norfolk Virginia will be shutting their doors.

The paper reports that 36 stores will be gone by early this year.

Another 4 were shuttered last year.

The company said that the decision is based on closing those stores that are no longer productive and no longer shopping destinations.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A medical marijuana company has won site-plan approval for a proposed facility near Hagerstown.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports that Washington County officials approved plans Monday for Green Thumb Industries LLC's medical marijuana center. The center would be built in the Hopewell Valley Industrial Park, west of Hagerstown.

The company says it will be able to begin construction immediately if awarded one of the state's 15 cultivation license after this year.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - More Potomac River communities are taking steps to protect their drinking water from last week's chemical spill at a western Maryland paper mill.

Treatment plant operators announced precautions Tuesday as a preliminary analysis indicated the nonhazardous, synthetic latex is not breaking down into potentially harmful components.

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BioCannatix wants to locate a medical marijuana site near Hebron in Wicomico County.

The company hopes to be one of the 15 companies that the state of Maryland chooses to grow medical marijuana.

WBOC reports that County Executive Bob Culver is neither for nor against the facility.

He told the television station that he is aware of at least six  outfits looking to locate in the county.

The company says the facility could cost up to $8 million to build and could provide 40 to 50 jobs.


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with 16 companies for cleaning up the Central Chemical Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The EPA said in a news release Monday that the agency and the state of Maryland have reached agreement with the companies for more than $14.3 million contain contaminated soils and waste on site of the Central Chemical Corp. facility.

The companies will reimburse EPA $945,000 for past costs and additional funds for future costs.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Washington County prosecutors are weighing a report on the death of a man after he was shocked by a police stun gun in Hagerstown.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says it recently gave its findings to the state's attorney's office. Deputy First Class Carly Hose said Friday that prosecutors will hold a news conference when they are ready to announce results of the investigation.

Thirty-one-year-old Darrell Brown of Upper Marlboro died April 24 after Hagerstown city police were called to a home he allegedly had broken into.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The blues are back in Hagerstown.

The Western Maryland Blues Fest opens Thursday night with a free performance by Paul Pfau (fow), who competed on the NBC show "The Voice" this year.

The music continues with regional, national and international acts Friday and Saturday in the city center, and Sunday in City Park.

Saturday's headliner is British guitarist Matt Schofield; Sunday's is the Kansas-born harmonica-and-guitar duo Moreland & Arbuckle.

The festival is in its 20th year and has become the city's biggest tourism event.