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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's transportation secretary says he believes a light rail in the suburbs of Washington will be built to meet more cost-effective stipulations.

Pete Rahn briefed lawmakers Tuesday on decisions announced last month by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Rahn says the state still needs to see proposals from four teams vying for the project for the more cost-effective plan Hogan supports. Those are due in November. Rahn also says negotiations between officials in Montgomery and Prince George's counties to contribute more to the Purple Line have been fruitful.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are scheduled to get a briefing on changes to the state's transportation program.

A joint hearing is set for Tuesday in Annapolis with members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Last month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on roads and bridges.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says the state will contribute $168 million to the planned Purple Line rail system in the Washington suburbs instead of nearly $700 million.
 
The governor says the counties of Montgomery and Prince George's will have to put up more money for the 16-mile light-rail project. The total cost is estimated at $2.45 billion.
 
Hogan gave a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss transportation infrastructure.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference to discuss transportation infrastructure in Maryland.

The news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Annapolis. It will be the first public appearance by the governor since he announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The governor's office declined to comment on details about the announcement ahead of time.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says a Pittsburgh man was arrested with a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The arrest occurred on Wednesday. The TSA says officers found the .25-caliber gun as the man went through airport security. The TSA says the gun was loaded with six bullets. The man was planning to board a flight to Miami.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland will continue to give out free paper state road maps to residents and visitors this year.

A Maryland State Highway Administration representative told The Cumberland Times-News the state map includes the latest changes to Maryland's transportation system, tourist attractions, historical sites and county boundary lines. About 1,100 towns and destinations in the state are highlighted.

The map is also available online, though the organization says the paper maps remain popular.

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Delaware transportation officials say they would like to speed up several major road projects despite this year’s tight budget.

These include $5.6 million for an auxiliary lane along Delaware Route 1 easing the merging of traffic from northbound US Route 40 to Delaware Route 273.

The new Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan laid out their plans for state legislators yesterday afternoon.

Due to a lack of funds amounting to $600-million Cohan said that the department had to cut back on needed projects.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore says more people are using public transportation in the region.

The council's Shore Transit Division announced it saw a 6.8 percent increase over fiscal year 2013 in residents using its transportation services. For fiscal year 2014, the division says 453,111 passengers used its fleet of 42 buses, four vans and two cars as a means of public transportation. That's an increase of almost 20,000 passengers.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President Barack Obama traveled to Wilmington on Thursday and announced a new program to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridges and highways around the nation.

The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local governments and private-sector investors, expand the market for public-private partnerships and make greater use of federal credit programs.

Obama argued that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge to other countries that spend freely on infrastructure upgrades.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Weekend motorists on state Route 1 in Delaware will be paying higher tolls starting on Aug. 1.

State transportation officials said Monday that the weekend tolls will increase starting at 7 p.m. that day. The current weekend toll of $2 for regular passenger vehicles will increase to $3.

Drivers of all other vehicle classes, except oversize loads, also will see weekend tolls increase by a dollar.

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Dover (AP) - Governor jack Markell is asking state lawmakers for $2 million to leverage federal funds aimed at boosting scientific research in Delaware.

In his State of the State address yesterday, Markell touted work being done at the University of Delaware's Science, Technology and Advanced Research, or STAR campus. 

To encourage more research efforts, Markell asked lawmakers to create a $2 million matching grant program that would leverage federal research dollars and help create jobs.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is swearing in a new transportation secretary.

Jim Smith, the former Baltimore County executive, will be sworn in at a ceremony in Annapolis on Tuesday.

The position had been vacant since Beverley Swaim-Staley resigned a year ago.

The governor also will be swearing in Abby Hopper as the director of the Maryland Energy Administration. Hopper has been O'Malley's energy adviser since 2010. She

will continue in that role.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A legislative committee has agreed to give $8 million to Delaware's casinos as it wraps up work on a capital budget for the fiscal year starting July 1

The committee voted unanimously Thursday for a capital spending plan that is tens of millions of dollars higher than the $423 million plan proposed by Gov. Jack Markell in January.

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ANNAPOLIS (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is poised to vote on a measure to raise taxes on gasoline in the state for the first time in more than two decades.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Friday. A majority vote would send the legislation to the Senate.

The House has made some changes to the proposal made by Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this month. The measure would still raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually, but more gradually than under the governor’s plan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is scheduled to take up a transportation funding measure.

The House is set to take up amendments on Wednesday to the bill, which would raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually in new revenue for roads, bridges and mass transit.

A House committee already has made changes to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to phase in a sales tax on gasoline over a longer period of time.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on lawmakers to take up the tough challenge of addressing transportation funding this session.

O'Malley is giving his seventh State of the State speech of his administration on Wednesday.

The Democratic governor also is touting investments in his budget to improve public education and build new schools. The governor's budget proposal includes $336 million for school construction.