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10:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Wife of Rep. Andy Harris Dies Suddenly

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The wife of Congressman Andy Harris has died.

Sylvia Cookie Harris passed away yesterday after being taken to the hospital.

There were no immediate details but a spokesperson for Harris said that they were waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

But one media outlet is reporting that she died from a sudden heart attack.

Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Diana Waterman issued a statement last night expressing shock and deep sadness at her death.

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7:58 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Cover Crop Enrollment to be Announced Today in Maryland

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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials will be announcing the state's latest cover crop enrollment figures.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance will be attending the Maryland State Fair on Thursday.

The new cover crop numbers are scheduled to be announced at the fair.

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8:33 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Upgrading Regulations for Somerset County Wind Farm Project

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The Pioneer Green Energy wind farm project will take center stage over the next two weeks as the Somerset County Planning Commission reviews an ordinance drawn up two and half years ago for regulating wind energy.

Planning director Gary Pusey says the commissioners want to see if the ordinance is still appropriate for the project.

Among other issues is a provision that requires each turbine to be reviewed by the county’s Board of zoning Appeals.

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7:33 am
Tue August 26, 2014

O'Malley PAC Staffers Travel to New Hampshire and Iowa

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley's political action committee says about two dozen staffers are being sent to several states, including New Hampshire and Iowa.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's PAC, said Monday the move is part of the Democratic governor's push to elect more Democrats this year. She says they will be paid by the governor's PAC. She declined to mention other states where staffers are heading.

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11:48 am
Mon August 25, 2014

MD Awards Nearly $7 Million for School Breakfast

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Department of Education says it's awarding $6.9 million in state funds to 481 schools to supplement a federal school-breakfast program.

The state agency says the state funds will provide in-classroom breakfast to more than 240,000 students this school year.

The state supplement is $1.7 million more than last year. 

Gov. Martin O'Malley says he's committed to ending childhood hunger in Maryland by 2015.

He says better nutrition means better learning, and better learning means a better future.

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11:53 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Governor O'Malley Comments on Events in Fergeson

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, shows divisions in the country that will require more than just government policies to repair.

The Washington Post reports that O'Malley commented on Ferguson during an appearance Sunday at a Democratic picnic in New Hampshire. O'Malley, a Democrat, is considering a presidential run. His visit to New Hampshire was his third to the state that holds the nation's first presidential primary.

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7:52 am
Thu August 7, 2014

U.S Labor Secretary Joins MD Governor to Support Minimum Wage Hike

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez is scheduled to join Gov. Martin O'Malley for a minimum wage event.

Perez, who was O'Malley's labor secretary in Maryland from 2007 to 2009, is scheduled to talk about increasing the minimum wage at an event in Bethesda on Thursday.

Perez has been urging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

O'Malley pushed through a minimum wage hike in the Maryland Legislature this year. It will rise in steps over several years from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

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9:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Martin O'Malley Backs Changing Redskins Team Name

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he believes it is "probably time" for the Washington Redskins football team to change its name.

O'Malley made the statement on his Facebook page Tuesday.

The Democratic governor who is mulling running for president posted: "I was asked earlier today and answered that I do believe it is probably time for the Washington Redskins to change their team name."

The team plays in Landover, Maryland, at FedEx Field.

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1:45 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Mikulski Amendment Could Delay Somerset Wind Project

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A proposal to build a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River could still be delayed until a study is complete, despite Gov. Martin O'Malley's veto of a bill that would have created a similar delay.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski has included an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would require the Navy-commissioned study to be completed to further evaluate how radar use at the base could be affected by the wind turbines.

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9:38 am
Mon July 28, 2014

O'Malley Meets Again with Clergy on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to meet with clergy leaders for the second time to talk about how to help some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have come across the border from Central America

WBAL Radio reports the meeting will be on Monday in Annapolis.

Leaders of Catholic Charities, the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland are among those due to meet with the governor.

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12:48 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Dramatic Rise in Heroin Related Deaths in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland had a 33 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the first quarter of this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a new report on Thursday that shows the increase over the same period last year is being driven by fentanyl-laced heroin.

The report says there were 252 total drug overdose deaths from January to March, and 148 are related to heroin.

The state also has seen a big increase in heroin-related emergency department visits in recent years. There were 1,200 in Maryland last year, compared to 871 in 2012.

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8:47 am
Thu July 24, 2014

LNG Pier Approved by MD Panel for Cove Point

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a wetlands license for Dominion Resources to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.

The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the license to enable Dominion Resources to build a pier on the Patuxent River. The company needs the pier to bring in equipment to build the facility.

Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.

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8:15 am
Thu July 24, 2014

MD Governor Pushes Locally Grown Food

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging Maryland residents to buy locally produced food.

The governor and the first lady will host a buy local cookout at the governor's residence in Annapolis on Thursday.

It is the seventh annual cookout that is being hosted at the residence.

The cookout highlights healthy recipes made with locally grown foods. It also aims to help farmers to calling attention to food produced in Maryland.

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8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

O'Malley Meets with Faith Leaders on Immigrant Children

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is meeting with Maryland faith leaders to discuss how to help unaccompanied immigrant children who have been coming across the border from Central America.

O'Malley held a meeting on Monday in Annapolis with dozens of representatives from religious groups.

Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says they are discussing possible partnerships the state could form with them to help the children.

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10:25 am
Thu July 17, 2014

O'Malley/White House Immigration Spat, Carper Immigration Plan Criticized

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is working to find temporary shelter in Maryland to help immigrant children who have been crossing the border from Central America without due process.

The Maryland Department of Human Services issued a statement of need on Monday to locate licensed providers who could care for unaccompanied children. It will be published on July 25 in the Maryland Register. That's an official state government publication that is issued every two weeks to temporarily supplement the state's code of regulations.

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8:26 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Gov. Martin O'Malley Raises Big Money for his PAC

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering running for president in 2016, has reported raising about $796,000 in the second quarter of this year for his political action committee.

O'Malley, a Democrat, released his latest fundraising report from April through June on Tuesday.  The second quarter amount is significantly higher than the $104,200 he reported raising in the first three months of the year, when he did not solicit money during Maryland's 90-day legislative session, which ended April 7.

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7:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Maryland Panel Begins to Review Bail Reform

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel devoted to overseeing a program providing all criminal defendants in Maryland with an attorney during initial appearances met on Tuesday to discuss a game plan for developing reforms.

The 23-member Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System met Tuesday afternoon to establish subcommittees to study specific areas of pretrial systems.

Those subcommittees will study efficiency and cost, how to preserve fundamental rights of defendants and maintain public safety.

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9:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Somerset Wind Project Encounters Local Delay

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There’s another hurdle for the Great Bay Wind Energy project in Somerset County.

The wind turbine effort still has to get approval from the County Commissioners before it gets underway.

In the last legislative session Governor Martin O’Malley vetoed a measure that would have delayed the project for over a year.

After meeting with the county commissioner last Tuesday Commissioner Charles Fisher told WBOC that the board needed more time to come up with an ordinance.

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9:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Auction for Commercial Wind Development Off Maryland Coast

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 80,000 acres off Maryland's coast will be offered for commercial wind energy development.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the auction Wednesday.

Officials say 16 companies have qualified to participate in the August 19 auction of the Maryland Wind Energy Area, or WEA.

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8:40 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Former PG County Executive Wayne Curry Dies

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry has died.

Curry died at his Upper Marlboro home. He was 63 and had lung cancer.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement Wednesday that Curry oversaw a "transformative" period for the county, with "explosive population and economic growth." He says Curry was "fearless" in advancing causes that helped Maryland's African-American community.

Curry, a Democrat, was elected in 1994 as the county's first African-American executive and served for eight years.

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8:25 am
Thu July 3, 2014

MD Board of Public Works Cuts Spending

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has voted to cut about $77 million from the state budget to address underperforming state revenues.

The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the cuts.

The board, which includes Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, also approved about $7 million in fund transfers to make up for less-than-expected revenue.

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7:51 am
Wed July 2, 2014

O'Malley Proposes $80 Million in Budget Cuts

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to submit nearly $80 million in state budget cuts to the Board of Public Works.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/TC8YnK ) reports that O'Malley will ask the board to approve the cuts on Wednesday.

The reductions add up to about 0.5 percent of the planned $16.1 billion in general-fund spending in the current fiscal year, which began Tuesday. The newspaper reports that the cuts are an acknowledgement that tax revenues are not likely to be as strong as projected.

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8:43 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Bail Hearings Require Defense Attorney in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A requirement for an attorney to be present at initial bail review hearings before a district court commissioner is taking effect.

The requirement ordered by the state's highest court begins Tuesday.

The Court of Appeals ruled 4-3 last year that having an attorney at an initial bail hearing is a constitutional right. Lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on how to overhaul the state's bail system in the last legislative session to address the ruling. Instead, lawmakers put $10 million in the budget to pay for attorneys.

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8:32 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Maryland Mulls High Court Decision on Home-Care Workers

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor says the state will review its collective bargaining arrangement for home-care workers after a Supreme Court ruling on those workers and union costs.

The court ruled 5-4 on Monday that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining.

Maryland is one of at least nine other states that have allowed home care workers to join unions.

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11:53 am
Fri June 27, 2014

MD's Largest Education Union Signs Deal on Teacher Evaluations

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland education officials and a diverse group of organizations representing educators announced a unique partnership Friday to develop an important part of teacher evaluations.

The agreement focuses on making teachers and principals more effective and comes as states struggle to develop new teacher evaluation systems and work to implement student achievement into the reviews.

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9:07 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Region's Governors Meet on Cleaning Up the Bay

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is hosting the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council.

The council is meeting Monday in Annapolis. The council is scheduled to sign an agreement to update a 14-year-old plan to guide restoration and conservation in the bay's six-state watershed.

Among the issues the plan covers is how the states and the federal government will address the impact of climate change on the nation's largest estuary.

A meeting is scheduled in the statehouse. That will be followed by a news conference at the Annapolis City Dock.

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7:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Assessing Damage from Western Maryland Flood

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CLEAR SPRING, Md. (AP) - Officials have been assessing the damage from a massive flood that damaged dozens of homes in the western Maryland community of Clear Spring last week.

Town Councilman Theodore Hovermale tells The Herald Mail he had never seen water come up so quickly. He says he doesn't remember flooding as severe since the 1940s or 1950s.

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11:52 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Governor O'Malley's Celtic Rock Band's Saturday Night Gig

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's semi-retired Celtic rock band has a gig this weekend after the governor spent time moonlighting as a street musician on Memorial Day.

The Washington Post reports O'Malley's March is booked as the opening act Saturday for Black 47 at Sound Stage. The New York-based Black 47 is on a farewell tour.

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9:07 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Will Not Face MD Voters

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An effort to repeal a bill banning discrimination against transgender people in Maryland has fallen short.

Backers of a petition to repeal the bill conceded Sunday that they gathered about 1,000 fewer signatures than they needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

The bill would ban discrimination against transgender people on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

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8:42 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Cybersecurity Roundtable to Expand Industry in Maryland

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HANOVER, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Gov. Martin O'Malley are attending the launch in Hanover of the Maryland Cybersecurity Roundtable, aimed at expanding the state's computer security industry.

Thursday's event is the first meeting of the industry-led group. It springs from a state panel's recommendation last year for capitalizing on the federal government agencies and military installations that play a big role in the state's economy.

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