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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is running for governor of Maryland.

In a campaign video released Wednesday, Baker said he's running "to build a future that works for all of us." In the video, Baker discusses his work as county executive in the state's second-largest jurisdiction, touting crime reductions and progress in education and economic development.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Leaders of states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have signed a resolution calling for continued federal support of the nation's largest estuary.

The Chesapeake Executive Council signed the resolution Thursday. The council also elected Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as its new chairman.

Hogan, a Republican, says he will remain committed to protecting the bay.

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Former president of the NAACP Ben Jealous has launched his bid to become governor of Maryland.

He made the announcement yesterday and he is the second Democrat join the race to unseat incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

The 44 year-old Jealous has been an outspoken progressive who backed Bernie Sanders last year in the Democratic presidential primary.

Taking aim at Hogan he charged that the governor has aligned himself the extreme members of the President Trump’s administration.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous is scheduled to announce his run for governor of Maryland.

Jealous has scheduled a news conference Wednesday at Baltimore Blossoms, a flower store opened by his cousin Rachelle after the unrest in Baltimore following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

The 44-year-old Jealous was the youngest person ever elected to lead the nation's largest civil rights group. He was president of the Baltimore-based NAACP from 2008 to 2013.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A package of measures in Maryland to battle opioid overdoses are scheduled to be signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan.

The governor has a bill signing ceremony scheduled Thursday with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

One measure is called the HOPE Act. It requires hospitals to set a new protocol for discharging patients treated for substance abuse disorders. It also increases access to the overdose-reversal drug known as naloxone. The bill also provides added funding for community behavioral health providers.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is launching a new economic development strategy focusing on further developing the life sciences and cybersecurity industries.

Hogan announced the plan called Excel Maryland at the first Governor's Business Summit on Thursday in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan will deliver remarks at the first Governor's Business Summit.

It's scheduled for Thursday in Baltimore.

The governor's opening address is called: "Maryland is Open for Business."

Leaders in business and education are scheduled to attend.

They will be gathering to discuss topics like entrepreneurship and the future of manufacturing in Maryland. They also will talk about redefining urban centers across the state and the next generation of learning environments.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's Cabinet secretaries will be touring Carroll County.

The heads of Maryland agencies will make multiple stops in the county on Thursday.

Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder will attend a Chesapeake Bay Cabinet meeting at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, along with Ben Grumbles, the secretary of the Department of Environment, and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a large contract for the lottery's central monitoring and control system.

The Board of Public Works voted 2-1 Wednesday for the contract, which could run as high as $341 million over 11 years. Gov. Larry Hogan and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted for the contract for Scientific Games International. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a congressional redistricting reform bill he says is "phony."

The Republican governor said Monday the bill passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature is a "smoke screen." That's because it requires five other states to agree before Maryland would turn the task of drawing congressional districts over to an independent board.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. says he'll run for governor of Maryland.

The Washington Post reports that the Montgomery County Democrat announced Sunday that he will seek the party's nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018. He made the announcement during a rally around dedicated Metro funding.

Hogan has said he'll seek a second term, but hasn't formally launched his campaign.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - A regional summit of local governments to address opioid abuse is taking place in Maryland.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is holding its Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, on Tuesday.

Officials will talk about aspects of understanding and fighting the opioid crisis. They also will discuss public safety response, treatment and other topics.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic Party leaders have elected Kathleen Matthews to serve as state party chair through the 2018 general elections.

Members of the Democratic State Central Committee elected Matthews as chair on Saturday. She had been elected interim party chair on March 1, replacing D. Bruce Poole.

Matthews says the job of Maryland Democrats includes resisting President Donald Trump and defeating Governor Larry Hogan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to create greater protections for Maryland taxpayers from tax fraud and identity theft.

It was one of the 207 bills the governor signed on Thursday.

The measure strengthens the ability of the comptroller's office to stop tax fraud, protect taxpayer information and hold fraudulent filers and tax preparers accountable.

Comptroller Peter Franchot says: "It's the missing piece of the puzzle for fighting tax fraud."

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. John Carney has joined 11 other governors in writing a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change.

Carney says the effects of climate change are already taking a toll on Delawareans, and that as a low-lying coastal state, Delaware is vulnerable to damage from sea level rise, stronger storm surges, and routine flooding.

Carney says the threats will only increase without a concerted effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan plans to eulogize his father at a funeral this weekend.

Lawrence Hogan Sr.'s funeral will take place Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis. Interment will be private in the city of Frederick.

The former Maryland congressman died last week following a stroke. He was 88.

The elder Hogan served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975. He represented Maryland's 5th congressional district, which included Prince George's and Charles counties near Washington.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An author on innovation in business has entered the Maryland governor's race.
 
Alec Ross announced Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nomination. He's the first Democrat to say definitively he is running.
 
The senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University advises startup and tech companies.
 
Ross says Republican Gov. Larry Hogan can't be defeated by using ideas from the same old politicians. He says his campaign will be about innovative ideas to better prepare students for the new economy and to make government more transparent.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland Medical Examiner's Office is searching for additional examiners to help handle a surge in opioid overdose deaths.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the office said earlier this month that it was struggling to perform autopsies in a timely manner and was at risk of losing its accreditation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawrence Hogan Sr., a former Maryland congressman and father of Gov. Larry Hogan, has died at age 88.

His death was confirmed by Governor Hogan's spokesman Doug Mayer.

The Republican served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975. He represented Maryland's 5th congressional district, which included Prince George's and Charles counties near Washington. In 1974, Hogan became the only Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to support all three articles of impeachment against then-President Richard Nixon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a number of bills that aim to make it easier to prosecute rape cases and protect victims.

The governor signed 211 bills into law Tuesday during a ceremony at the state house. Among them was one that's become known as the "no means no" bill. The Baltimore Sun reports it eliminates the requirement that victims prove they tried to physically resist their assailants.

Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach praised the growth that the institution has seen since the year 2-thousand.

She noted that enrollment has risen from around 64-hundred students to just over 87-hundred.

In addition, she noted that minority and nonresident alien students she said has jumped by 227 percent over the last 17 years.

But, she added, the university needed to make a greater effort to bring more diversity to the campus.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Democratic Party is complaining about a fundraising email for Gov. Larry Hogan sent during the legislative session, but Hogan's campaign treasurer says the complaint is "baseless."

Interim party chair Kathleen Matthews has filed a complaint with the elections board.

She writes that an April 2 email forwarded to the party was sent by Maryland Insurance Commissioner Alfred Redmer, a Hogan appointee. The email is an invitation "to play a leadership role" for a July fundraiser.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an ethics reform bill in the aftermath of ethics and criminal investigations of state lawmakers.

The Republican governor called it "the first meaningful ethics reform in 15 years" during a bill signing ceremony Tuesday, where he penned more than 100 bills.

The bill more carefully describes the definition of a conflict of interest. It also expands disclosure requirements for state officials.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a legislative session that has been full of measures aimed at countering President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress.

The Democrat-led legislature, which adjourns at midnight Monday, has passed legislation aimed at protecting health care from cuts in Washington.

It also has empowered the attorney general to sue the federal government without the governor's permission. And the attorney general will get an extra $1 million a year in future budgets to help pay expenses to do that.

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The Maryland legislature has voted to allow craft breweries to sell more beer.

On a vote 119 to 15 lawmakers sent Governor Larry Hogan a bill on Saturday that would increase the annual allowable output from 500 barrels a year to 2-thousand.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the measure also allows the breweries to buy another 1-thousand barrels annual from distributors for sale in their taprooms.

The bill also allows them to keep their current hours of operation which had been threatened earlier in the session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have approved a measure tightening state ethics laws.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who proposed the bill, praised the legislature on Saturday for working in a bipartisan fashion. The Republican governor says he looks forward to signing the bill.

The measure increases financial disclosure requirements for state elected officials, state public officials and lobbyists. It also expands the definition of a conflict of interest.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to require Maryland's five largest electric utilities to provide customers with energy-efficiency programs and services to cut energy consumption by 2 percent a year has been enacted.

It's one of 15 bills that went into law Thursday, after Gov. Larry Hogan decided not to veto or sign them before a midnight deadline.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of Maryland's blueprint for identifying and assisting struggling schools.

The Senate voted 32-15 Thursday for the override. The House voted 90-50 for it earlier in the day

Supporters say the bill takes a creative approach to provide a big-picture view of how schools succeed and protects public schools from privatization.

Hogan and other Republicans who oppose the bill say it's too lax on academic performance standards and makes it difficult to fix struggling schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has become the first state to enact legislation to mitigate any federal cuts to Planned Parenthood.

The measure was enacted Thursday after Gov. Larry Hogan decided not to veto the bill. Like 14 other bills, it went into effect after a midnight deadline without the Republican governor's signature. The Democrat-led Legislature passed the bill with enough votes to override a veto.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has voted to require five paid sick leave days at businesses with 15 or more employees.

The House voted 87-53 on Wednesday to agree with changes made by the Senate.

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