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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered that a panel study pretrial reform in Maryland.

O'Malley issued an executive order on Tuesday to create the Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System. It will be charged with issuing recommendations to the governor by Dec. 1.

The panel has been created in response to a ruling last year by Maryland's highest court that defendants have a right to legal counsel at every bail hearing. Lawmakers failed to agree on a solution in the last legislation session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley spent part of his Memorial Day strumming a banjo as a street musician in Annapolis.

Photos of the governor playing a six-string banjo emerged Monday on the Twitter account for the blog Eye on Annapolis. O'Malley's Twitter account later posted the photo along with the words "I love that as governor of MD I can still play street music in Annapolis." In the photo O'Malley is wearing a Baltimore Ravens T-shirt, cargo shorts and flip-flops. He seems to be accepting tips in his banjo case.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is giving his blessing to more Sunday hunting in western Maryland despite opposition from birdwatchers and horseback riders.

The Democratic governor signed two bills Thursday enabling state game managers to allow Sunday deer hunting for the first time on designated public land in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

Sunday deer hunting on private land was already allowed in those counties but Sunday deer hunting on public land was prohibited statewide.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to sign a measure aimed at stopping discrimination against people who are transgender.

O'Malley has a bill signing ceremony scheduled for Thursday in Annapolis, where he will sign other measures as well. The law will prohibit discrimination on matters relating to housing, employment, credit and use of public accommodations.

The law would take effect on Oct. 1. However, a group of opponents hopes voters will get the last say. Opponents contend the measure would allow predators into opposite sex restrooms.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The CEO of drugmaker Pfizer Inc. is telling the governors of Delaware and Maryland that it's premature to speculate about the potential jobs impact of a merger with British rival AstraZeneca PLC.

Govs. Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O'Malley of Maryland sent a joint letter to Pfizer chief Ian Read last week expressing concerns about the possible acquisition of AstraZeneca. The company employs some 2,600 people in Delaware and 3,100 in Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has created a task force to study how Maryland can improve retirement security for private-sector employees.

O'Malley on Monday announced that former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will chair the task force. Townsend is the managing director at Rock Creek Group, an investment firm, and founder of the Center for Retirement Initiatives at Georgetown University.

The task force will make recommendations on steps the state can take to secure retirement for employees in the private sector.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Post editorial board is endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in Maryland's Democratic primary race for governor as the best candidate to attract and retain jobs.

In an editorial Sunday, the Post editorial board writes that Brown is "a conscientious public servant with broad experience" as a lawyer, legislator and in the executive branch under Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The editorial notes much of Maryland's electorate remains undecided in the June 24 primary. The winner is likely to become the next governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to be in South Carolina to campaign for state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic candidate for governor there.

O'Malley has a meet and greet in Charleston on Friday afternoon. The two also have a media availability scheduled.

O'Malley campaigned for Sheheen last year, when he was the keynote speaker at a convention for South Carolina Democrats.

The campaign stop will bring O'Malley to an early primary state. The term-limited Maryland Democrat is considering a run for the White House in 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of Maryland and Delaware are voicing concern about Pfizer Inc.'s efforts to acquire AstraZeneca PLC.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell sent a letter on Thursday to Ian Read, the chief executive officer of Pfizer

The two governors say they are concerned about the potential impact such a deal could have on jobs in Maryland and Delaware. AstraZeneca employs about 3,100 people in Maryland and about 2,600 in Delaware.

O'Malley and Markell also sent letters to several federal officials in the United States.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O' Malley has ordered a study on school construction funding in Maryland.

The governor announced Monday he was directing the Interagency Committee on School construction to work with the Department of budget and Management and the Department of legislative Services to conduct the study.

O'Malley has made school construction funding a top priority of his tenure in Annapolis. The state has made $2.7 billion in school construction investment under the O'Malley administration.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure to increase the state's minimum wage in steps over several years.

O'Malley, a Democrat who made the bill a priority of his last legislative session as governor, signed the measure Monday in Annapolis.

The state's minimum wage will rise from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January. The hourly wage will reach $8.25 in July 2015 and $8.75 in July 2016. It will go up to $9.25 in July 2017 and $10.10 in July 2018.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure banning the retail sale of alcohol that is 190-proof and stronger.

The new law signed Monday by the Democratic governor had strong backing from leaders of colleges and universities.

Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University, says grain alcohol is seen as a cheap and reliable way to get drunk quickly. He says that makes it a popular option for students, who don't realize how intoxicated it can make them very quickly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

The governor is traveling first to Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of a congressional delegation led by the Faith and Politics Institute examining the historic divides on the island and peace and reconciliation efforts.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor says a state jail in Baltimore will no longer automatically comply with federal requests to hold immigrants past their release date for possible deportation.

Gov. Martin O'Malley says the Baltimore City Detention Center will now consider the severity of the charges a person is facing when reviewing U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement requests to hold immigrants through the "Secure Communities" program. O'Malley notified Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson of the change in a letter released last week.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new law that will decriminalize marijuana in October involves some ambiguities that police and prosecutors are just beginning to confront.

Under the law, possession of rolling papers, pipes and other marijuana accessories will remain a criminal offense, meaning a person could still be arrested for it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republicans in the governor's race agree the state government is essentially a business and the top administrator is an executive.

During a formal debate Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins University, the Republicans' fifth since January, they repeatedly accused Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration of making Maryland unfriendly to investors.

Ronald George and Charles Lollar both touted their business experience as a credential for leading the state. David Craig compared his position as Harford County Executive to managing an enormous business.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he still has misgivings about a bill to set a 13-month moratorium on the development of tall wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in southern Maryland.

O'Malley wouldn't say Monday if he would veto legislation that has been sent to his desk. But the governor, who is a strong supporter of wind energy, says, "I have yet to conclude that windmills are quite the threat to Naval air radar that those advocating for this ban have concluded."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislature has given final approval to a bill that would eliminate criminal charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana and the governor says he plants to sign it.

The Senate voted Monday to accept several compromises the House added over the weekend.

The bill would keep marijuana use illegal but make it akin to a traffic violation. The House opted to require all teen offenders to be evaluated for treatment. It also voted to raise the penalties to $20 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense, up from a maximum of $100.

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