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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is endorsing former NAACP president Ben Jealous for governor of Maryland.

The New Jersey Democrat endorsed Jealous on Tuesday. Jealous is seeking the Democratic nomination in a crowded primary to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan next year.

Booker is scheduled to attend a campaign meet and greet on Thursday in Prince George's County.

Jealous' campaign is highlighting the announcement as the latest from progressive individuals or groups. Jealous also has been endorsed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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BALTIMORE (AP)- Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a policy consultant and wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, says she'll seek the Democratic nomination for governor in Maryland.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is seeking a second term in next year's election.

Rockeymoore Cummings says she's concerned about economic inequality in the state.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The union representing Maryland correctional officers is warning that staffing levels in state prisons are at dangerously low levels.

The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown reports that the Maryland chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) held a press conference Saturday to call for more hiring.

They directed their remarks to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

State officials say they have hired 120 officers in the last 18 months to try to fill vacancies in the system.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is making national guard resources available to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The governor's directive on Friday came after conversations with the Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, and other communications between staff-level officials.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A manufacturer of natural food additives for livestock feed is opening a facility in Salisbury.

Canadian-based Nat-Phen International expects to invest $10 million in the new facility over the next five years and create up to 25 new jobs. More jobs could be added once the site is fully operational.

Gov. Larry Hogan met with the company on Thursday in Montreal as part of a regional economic development mission to Canada.

The company produces plant-based additives to enhance the feed given to swine, poultry, cattle and livestock.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that $11.7 million will be allocated in federal highway funds to increase highway safety.

The funds will be handed out to 90 agencies and organizations across the state aimed at cutting down on crashes and related injuries and deaths.

WBOC reports that the money will be handed out by the state Highway Safety Office.

Among the local recipients are the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office which will get $10,500 while the Worcester County Sheriff’s office will receive $2-thousand.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of Washington are headed to Canada together for a trade mission.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser are on a two-day trip to Toronto where they plan to promote tourism in the U.S. capital and surrounding area.

They plan to meet Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and U.S. Consul General Juan Alsace, among other meetings.

Canada is a major trade partner with all three jurisdictions. Hogan plans to extend his trip with a visit to Montreal.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a $9 billion plan to widen Interstate 270, the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in the suburbs of the nation's capital.

Hogan said Thursday the work on the three major state highways will reduce congestion for millions of drivers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor says a revived Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act won't work for Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Tuesday the Graham-Cassidy health care bill would "cost our state over $2 billion annually while directly jeopardizing the health care of our citizens."

The effort to repeal the health care law in Washington has taken on new life after it seemed all but dead earlier this summer.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice won't bring federal charges against six police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in Baltimore.

The officers were charged by state prosecutors after Gray's neck was broken in the back of a police transport wagon in April of 2015. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled at the time, but he was unrestrained by a seat belt.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says Congress needs to act on immigration reform in light of President Donald Trump's plan to phase out a program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Republican governor gave his first direct remarks Thursday about Trump's decision. 

The governor adds he "personally" opposes the plan. He says he thinks the focus should be on criminals, not "innocent children that came here through no fault of their own."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Most students in Maryland are heading back to school for the first year since Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order requiring public schools to start after Labor Day.

Tuesday marked the first day of classes for students statewide, unless their school was granted a waiver under the order issued last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel will consider Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to cut $68 million from the state's $43.5 billion budget.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Board of Public Works will vote on the governor's request on Wednesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan has met with South Korea's first lady to discuss opportunities for collaboration with the country's new presidential administration.

Hogan's office announced Monday that she visited with Kim Jung-sook at the president and first lady's official residence in Seoul. The meeting comes amid a trade and diplomatic mission led by the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Maryland Secretary of State's Office.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration will bring tens of millions of dollars in mid-year budget cuts to a state board next week.

David Brinkley, Hogan's budget chief, said Thursday the actions are being taken to start addressing an estimated $742 million shortfall in the next fiscal year.

A total of $86.2 million in total savings will be brought to the Board of Public Works. Of the total savings, $67.2 million will be budget reductions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing an expansion of the Severn River Bridge in Annapolis.

The governor said Wednesday the bridge is heavily used and often experiences serious bottlenecks, especially in summer months when people are trying to reach the Eastern Shore.

The $22.8 million project includes adding an eastbound U.S. 50 bridge lane by shifting the existing median and restriping to provide seven through-travel lanes. Four of them will be eastbound and three of them will be westbound.

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With Maryland state elections looming next year Republican Governor Larry Hogan is riding high with an approval rating of over 60 percent in the public opinion polls. In our final segment Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about the prospects for his Democratic party going int0 2018.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state senator wants the chamber to censure Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller over remarks about Roger Taney.

A monument to the late U.S. Supreme Court justice, who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans, was removed Friday from the Maryland State House grounds in Annapolis.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The family farmhouse of the third-largest chicken producer in the United States has been named a landmark after it was built a century ago.
 
The Daily Times reports the two-story home that has been depicted on packaging and delivery trucks of Perdue Farms since 2005 was named to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties on Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan and local dignitaries.
 

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order to create a new statewide development plan.

Hogan made the announcement Saturday in a speech to the Maryland Association of Counties.

The Republican governor says he has repeatedly heard from local officials who have asked for changes to PlanMaryland, which was put in place by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A statue of the of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African-Americans has been removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House.

The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. Friday. It was lowered into a truck and driven away.

A panel voted by email Wednesday to remove the statue, which was erected in 1872.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican governor has criticized President Donald J. Trump's comments blaming "both sides" for racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hogan made the remarks Wednesday after a meeting of the Board of Public Works, of which he is a member. He says he thinks Trump "made a terrible mistake."

The Baltimore Sun reports that the governor says Maryland will continue to condemn hatred, bigotry and violence. On Tuesday, he called for the removal of a Confederate monument from the front lawn of the State House.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is asking for the removal of a statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the state house.

Hogan said in a statement on Tuesday that he believes removing the Roger B. Taney (TAW-nee) statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do.

The Republican governor's statement comes a day after Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, a Democrat, said the Confederate monument doesn't belong at the state house in Annapolis.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Two top aides to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have signed off on a state official's participation in President Donald Trump's panel investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Baltimore Sun reports emails provided by government watchdog group Common Cause Maryland show both Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and former Hogan chief of staff Sam Malhotra approved Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda's involvement in the Trump administration's presidential election probe.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Authorities in southern Maryland have charged eight people with murder in connection to eight drug overdose deaths.

Gov. Larry Hogan attended a news conference on Wednesday in Leonardtown, Maryland, where local authorities in St. Mary's County announced the indictments.

The Republican governor says investing in prevention and treatment can only work if the state eliminates the threat posed by drug traffickers across the state.

Hogan noted that more than 2,000 people died from overdoses last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to attend a news conference in St. Mary's County, where officials plan to announce separate indictments against drug dealers relating to about a half dozen overdose deaths.

County law enforcement has scheduled an announcement Wednesday morning in Leonardtown.

St. Mary's County Sheriff Timothy Cameron and State's Attorney Richard Fritz are scheduled to attend, as well as Col. William Palozzi, the Maryland State Police superintendent.

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DARLINGTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning to make an announcement after the second Conowingo Dam Summit.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday in Darlington.

The Hogan administration has been focusing on ways to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution that comes by way of the dam. The Republican governor highlighted the significance of addressing sediment overflows at the dam during his 2014 campaign.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is commemorating the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hogan will deliver remarks at the Maryland Department of Disabilities on Friday in Annapolis. The governor will deliver a keynote address that gives a Maryland perspective on the ADA.

The department has been hosting a traveling tour throughout the state that runs through August in celebration of the anniversary.

Karen Goss, director of the mid-Atlantic ADA Center, is scheduled to speak at the reception.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health secretary and the head of the Maryland Department of Planning are suing the state treasurer for their salaries.
 
Health Secretary Dennis Schrader and Wendi Peters, who heads the planning department, filed the lawsuit against Treasurer Nancy Kopp on Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
 
The lawsuit stems from a long-running dispute between Gov. Larry Hogan and a state Senate committee over the Senate's role in the appointment process.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for blocking people who disagree with him on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments.

The ACLU sued Tuesday on behalf of four people, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

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