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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor two deputies who were shot and killed by a gunman who opened fire inside a crowded restaurant when they became involved in a shootout.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said last night that authorities identified the shooter as 67 year-old David Brian Evans who was also killed in the shootout.

The sheriff said Evans had outstanding warrants for his arrest in Florida and Harford County. The sheriff added that a loaded handgun was recovered from him.

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The Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure that allows felons to vote while they complete parole or probation.

The key vote came from Democrat Craig Zucker who voted for the override first as a Delegate and then as a state Senator after his appointment.

The Senate vote was 29 to 16.

A similar bill now goes back to the House of Delegates where a second override effort will take place without his vote.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Conservancy says the Obama administration included $29 million in the fiscal 2017 budget for land conservation across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The conservation group says the funding will help protect significant wildlife habitat and historical sites in Virginia and Maryland. Under the proposed spending plan, the National Park Service and other federal agencies would receive the funding.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have a potential quandary on their hands that's rare, if not unprecedented: Can one of their own vote twice on the same bill?

At issue is a measure allowing felons to vote while on probation or parole. Supporters say the measure will help reintegrate felons into society, but opponents say those felons haven't yet paid their debt to society.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed it. The House barely overrode the veto.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is sounding a bipartisan tone in his annual State of the State speech.

"Let us blaze that new path for Maryland with the full knowledge that people of this great state stand firmly behind us. Let's work together to come up with real bipartisan common sense solutions. And let us continue to embrace that middle temperment."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Del. Craig Zucker to a vacant seat in the Maryland Senate.

Doug Mayer, a Hogan spokesman, said the appointment was made Wednesday.

Zucker, a Montgomery County Democrat, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former Sen. Karen Montgomery, D-Montgomery. Zucker is scheduled to be sworn in Thursday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to deliver his second State of the State speech.

The Republican governor is set to address a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday at noon.

The speech gives the governor a chance to pull together his goals for the legislative session and make a pitch to the legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is again pushing for tax credits for people and businesses that make donations to public and private schools.

The Republican governor released education initiatives Wednesday for the legislative session. The governor would phase in tax credits over three years totaling $15 million. They are aimed at boosting donations for kindergarten through 12th grade and pre-K programs.

The proposal ran into resistance last year in the Democratically-led General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says the state will provide scholarships to students who finish high school in three years or less.
The governor signed an executive order on Wednesday creating the $6,000 scholarships.
Hogan says it's a smart use of tax dollars. That's because the state can reallocate money it would have spent on the student's last year in public high school to help with the first year of college instead.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan wants to up the penalties for drug trafficking and tighten the state’s program that monitors prescription drugs.

One measure would bring the state’s anti-gang statute more in line with the federal racketeering law.

The second measure would make the prescription drug monitoring program mandatory in identifying and investigating drug abuse.

In his statement the governor said he wanted to bring the various stakeholders together in the fight against the increasing phenomena of heroin and opioid addiction.

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REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say they intend to pursue federal disaster assistance after this weekend's snowstorm.

Russell Strickland, the director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, announced Monday he has sent the letter of intent to seek assistance to federal officials.

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has directed the agency to work with the federal government and seek all available assistance to support recovery efforts.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president is bracing his colleagues about "very difficult" budget work after reviewing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's budget plan.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told senators Monday night he predicts the Democratic-led General Assembly will be arguing about the budget down to the last day of the session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to override some of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes.
 The Senate voted 29-17 on Thursday to override a bill to decriminalize the possession of marijuana paraphernalia and smoking pot in public. The Senate also voted 30-16 to override a veto of a bill designed to ensure third-party travel websites pay all of the state's sales tax.
The Senate postponed a vote to override a veto of a bill to allow felons to vote while on parole or probation until Feb. 5.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to consider overriding some of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes.

The measures to be considered Thursday morning include a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana paraphernalia and a measure that creates a $300 threshold before money can be seized in criminal procedures.

The Senate also will take up a veto of a statewide bill to ensure third-party travel websites pay all of the state's sales tax. The Senate needs a three-fifths vote, or 29 votes, to override a veto.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is releasing the state's budget for the next fiscal year.

David Brinkley, the Republican governor's budget secretary, is scheduled to discuss the roughly $40 billion overall budget on Wednesday morning. The state's general fund for fiscal year 2017 is about $17.1 billion.

The plan includes a budget surplus of about $449 million, and a Rainy Day Fund of about $1.1 billion.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is set to vote on overriding Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that would allow felons to vote while they are on parole or probation.

The House is scheduled to take up the override vote Wednesday.

The House has 91 Democrats and 50 Republicans. It will need 85 votes to override the veto. That's a three-fifths majority. The state Senate also would need a three-fifths vote. A Senate vote could come Thursday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says he is planning to hold votes to override some of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes this week.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced Tuesday that he is scheduling votes for Thursday.
The legislature controlled by Democrats is looking at trying to override a veto of a bill that would ensure third-party websites pay all of the state's sales tax. Lawmakers also are considering trying to override a veto of a measure to decriminalize the possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says the state will begin a new partnership with Pride of Baltimore II, using the schooner to promote economic development opportunities for Maryland.

Hogan, a Republican, said in a news release Monday that the state will commit $1.5 million to the nonprofit that owns and operates the Pride over the next three years.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland law enforcement leaders are urging lawmakers not to override two of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes relating to marijuana and the seizure of assets in criminal cases.

Groups representing states attorneys, police chiefs and sheriffs spoke against the measures Tuesday, a day before the legislative session begins.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference a day before Maryland's legislative session begins.

Hogan's news conference is set for Tuesday afternoon in Annapolis.

Doug Mayer, the governor's spokesman, declined to elaborate Monday on specifics about what the governor will discuss.

Last week, Hogan said he plans to propose about $400 million in tax cuts over five years to benefit working families, retirees and small businesses. The Republican said he would elaborate on the proposals this week.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan wants to take more control of the budget process as a way of steering Maryland toward long-term fiscal health.

The Republican governor outlined his spending priorities for his second year in office on Thursday. While not mentioning his Democratic predecessor, Martin O'Malley, by name, Hogan said the state's finances were chronically mismanaged for eight years.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is set to discuss some of his legislative priorities for his second year in office.

Hogan will hold a news conference in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon.

Polls indicate the Republican governor is widely popular despite Maryland's overwhelmingly Democratic electorate. Democrats also control both chambers of the legislature.

On Tuesday, Hogan announced that the state would commit $675 million toward revitalizing blighted neighborhoods in Baltimore, including the demolition of vacant homes.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The state of Maryland and the city of Baltimore plan to demolish thousands of vacant buildings in the city over the next four years, starting in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was fatally injured in police custody.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the plan Tuesday.

Gray's death prompted civil unrest that highlighted the urban decay.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered a review of state rules that make it hard for ex-offenders to find employment.

The governor announced Wednesday his administration will conduct a one-year review of the legal barriers ex-offenders face in Maryland. The work group will study regulations that penalize people with criminal records and make it hard for them for get professional licenses or student loans.

The group will be led by Christopher Shank, a former state senator who now heads the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed a new secretary for the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Hogan announced Wednesday that James Fielder, who has served as his secretary of appointments, will take the place of Jennie Hunter-Cevera,

Hunter-Cevera, who was initially named to the post but did not get a confirmation vote from the state Senate earlier this year, will take on a new role as science advisor at the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials at the Annapolis Yacht Club say they are looking to relocate after the club founded in 1886 was badly damaged by fire.

Rod Jabin, the club's commodore, said Sunday the club is more than just bricks and mortar. He says it's a community, and it'll rebuild.

Gov. Larry Hogan says the state will provide all assistance it can to help. Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides says a meeting has been scheduled to find temporary space to get the club up and running soon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is urging Gov. Larry Hogan to "explore every possible state action" to stop gun sales to dangerous individuals, particularly those on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, sent a letter to the Republican governor Thursday. He noted that Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, is pursuing a ban on gun sales to those on federal no-fly watch lists.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says the state of Maryland has been preparing for any disturbances in Baltimore related to the trials of six officers in the death of Freddie Gray ever since he called in the National Guard to help restore order after the unrest in April.

The Republican governor said Monday that a security team in his administration has been working with the city's police commissioner and the state police superintendent. He says his team has met almost on a weekly basis since April.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration plans to seek financial penalties and corrective actions against Volkswagen after the automaker admitted cheating on emissions tests with a piece of software.

Ben Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment, said in a news release Monday that the department estimates that about 10,000 Maryland vehicles were affected by Volkswagen's actions.

The Department estimates that the affected vehicles emitted more than 700 tons of nitrogen oxides, which contribute to smog, since 2009.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland task force on fighting heroin addiction is scheduled to release its final recommendations.

The report is set to be released Tuesday.

The task force was created by Gov. Larry Hogan in February. It is comprised of 11 members with expertise in substance abuse, treatment and law enforcement.

The panel has been working to improve public awareness, access to treatment and quality of care. It also has been looking at alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent drug abusers and law enforcement coordination.