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Environment

Oysters fish by MdGovPics on Flickr

New law aims to protect oyster farms from poachers

Published on May 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

As oyster farming grows in Maryland, legislators moved to protect the product that protects the Chesapeake Bay by enacting HB 287, to help leaseholders of aquaculture plots -- oyster beds suspended in open water cages -- to recoup damages from poachers. Those caught poaching would be subject to pay three times the cost of their illegal harvest directly to aquaculture farmers, who are collectively leasing 4,000 acres of the Maryland Bay... Read More


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State Roundup, May 26, 2015

Published on May 26th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan vetoes bill to allow felons to vote after release, decriminalization of pot smoking among others; new protections for LGBT communities to take effect without Hogan’s signature; UM-Baltimore to seek $82 million power plant upgrade; despite lack of budget, Prince George’s cops set sights on body in the fall; Baltimore City Police quit taking military surplus in 2013; two in Baltimore City administration depart; former Gov. O’Malley heads toward May 30 announcement; and Ben Carson wins straw poll... Read More


Commentary

Prekness Woodlawn vase

Rascovar: Move the Preakness to Laurel? No way

Published on May 25th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

The Stronach Group, which owns Maryland's two thoroughbred one-mile tracks, is making noise about moving the crown jewel of Free State racing, the Preakness Stakes, to Laurel Race Course. It's a non-starter -- and the Stronach folks probably know it. Legally such a move can't take place without General Assembly approval, which won't happen... Read More


News

Naval Academy arms in air

Scenes from the Naval Academy graduation

Published on May 25th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

The annual Naval Academy graduation took place Friday. Vice President Joe Biden gave the commencement speech, with the second half of the speech emphasizing the role of the United States as a Pacific power, countering the increasing naval pressure from China. Here are some scenes from the graduation... Read More


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State Roundup, May 22, 2015

Published on May 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to embark on 12-day trade mission to South Korea, China and Japan; MTA’s Mobility system for the disabled faces myriad complaints, lawsuit; grand jury hands down indictments of six Baltimore Police officers in Freddie Gray’s death with some changes to Mosby charges; U.S. Rep. Harris helps hammer out bipartisan compromise on NIH grants bill; U.S. Rep. Van Hollen hopes to help states stop predatory towing; and losing Maryland candidate Dan Bongino moves to new home on Florida's Atlantic coast... Read More


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State Roundup, May 21, 2015

Published on May 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

State’s new environmental chief says he’ll push to improve bay health and business relations; MGM National Harbor calls minority business suit frivolous; residents of State Center see redevelopment as neighborhood revitalization tool; MVA pulls parallel parking from driving tests; Maryland’s U.S. reps, Baltimore City mayor meet at White House over Baltimore problems; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards had backed Senate rival Van Hollen to replace Pelosi as House Dem leader; and former TV news anchor quits Marriott job, may run for Congress from the 8th... Read More


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State Roundup, May 20, 2015

Published on May 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan finds that moving money in Maryland is more difficult than he expected as State Police will have to find money to reopen Annapolis barrack; Senate panels to convene over Hogan’s toll cuts; three named to Open Meetings Compliance Board; Maryland joins nationwide fraud complaint over cancer charities; Coppin State gets new president; and Baltimore City minority business group complains of treatment by City Hall... Read More


Education

School lunch by USDAgov with Flickr Creative Commons License

Free meals program will expand to more Maryland schools

Published on May 19th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Through expanding a free meals program, legislators hope to come up with a simple solution for the complex question of enhancing student performance. “Being able to reach your full potential during the course of the day, studying in school, is so dependent upon having school meal,” said bill sponsor, Del. Keith Haynes, D-Baltimore City... Read More


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