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Senators concerned about nitrogen pollution from Pa. in the bay

May 28th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

U.S. senators from Maryland and Pennsylvania are raising concerns over the nitrogen levels in the Susquehanna River, which in turn threatens the health of the Chesapeake Bay. They are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase aid to watershed states


New law aims to protect oyster farms from poachers

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


Rascovar: Move the Preakness to Laurel? No way

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


Scenes from the Naval Academy graduation

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


Free meals program will expand to more Maryland schools

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


Ex-gov. Mandel, 95, feted as ‘architect of modern Maryland’

May 18th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

If you live long enough in politics, all may not be forgiven, but most is forgotten, and if you're lucky, only the good stuff is remembered. That's certainly true of former Gov. Marvin Mandel, who turned 95 last month and was feted Wednesday at a birthday celebration organized by his old friend and sometimes unofficial ‘chauffeur,’ lobbyist Bruce Bereano


Gov. Hogan picks a fight with Speaker Busch

May 17th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Larry Hogan will have plenty of reasons to face off with House Speaker Michael Busch over spending and policy issues in the next four years. But why the Republican governor chose to pick a fight with the Democratic leader of the House of Delegates on Friday make little sense



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