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Md. health group wants legislation to attack high cost of prescription drugs

With EpiPens and other prescription drugs rising in cost, families who desperately need them but do not have health insurance coverage are bearing a huge financial burden, according to community advocates. The Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, a coalition of more than 1,200 religious, labor, business and policy groups seeking affordable health care, wants the state legislature to address that financial burden by overhauling some of the laws governing drug pricing.


Lazarick and Vatz on the debate: Few minds changed about candidates we know pretty well

Who won the debate? What right does the media have to decide an encounter where the scoring is vague and the goal posts are movable? The more important question : Whose minds were changed by the debate? Very few, probably, writes Len Lazarick. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were much as we’ve come to know them over more than a year of campaigning, and years in the public eye. Professor Rick Vatz gives the win to Hillary by a nose, with too many missed opportunities for Trump.

The Jones-Hall-Sims house sat in Poolesville, Maryland, for over a century where it housed the descendants of freed slaves. Photo courtesy of The Montgomery County Planning Department, Historic Preservation Office.

From Freedom House to Freddie Gray: Maryland well-represented in new African-American museum

Although the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Saturday in the heart of Washington, the state of Maryland from which D.C. was carved has a strong presence. From a freed slave house in Montgomery County to photographs of Baltimore’s unrest after Freddie Gray’s death, Maryland’s black experience throughout history is broadly represented. According to the museum’s online collection, Maryland was among the top 15 states with the most artifacts.

At the Board of Revenue Estimates Wednesday, from left, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Andrew Schaufele, chief of revenue estimates. Capital News Service Photo by Vickie Connor

State revenue estimates are down $783 million over the next two years, biggest write-down since 2010  

Maryland tax revenues are expected to be down $365 million this fiscal year and another $418 million in fiscal 2018, a $783 million drop in what the state can spend, eating up all this year’s projected budget surplus. The estimate revision is the largest projected write-down since 2010, when the state was in the midst of recession recovery and the panel was off by 5%. “These are significant reductions in our estimates, and reflect the volatility that Maryland’s economy continues to experience,” Comptroller Peter Franchot said.

Photo of Michael Phelps in Rio Olympics by Andy Miah with Flickr Creative Commons license

Wealth may be a factor in Maryland’s Olympic success

Athletes from Maryland – including Michael Phelps (Towson) and Katie Ledecky (Bethesda) – dominated at the 2016 Rio Olympics, bringing home 16 gold medals. Why did so many Olympic stars hail from Maryland? It might be because Maryland is one of the nation’s wealthiest states. And training for the Olympics is not cheap.

According to federal court records, German de Jesus Ventura and Kevin Garcia Fuertes once ran brothels in residential neighborhoods, including one in Annapolis at 1009 Madison Court, highlighted in red.

CNS human trafficking series wins national award

The multi-part Capital News Service series on human trafficking that ran last August in won Best in Show in the Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists at SPJ’s national conference in New Orleans Monday. The best in show award is chosen from more than 4,100 entries in SPJ’s 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards competition open to student journalists across the country. This story includes headlines, descriptions and links back to the six parts that ran here.


Bad words on license plates get reviewed by Md. high court

The Maryland Court of Appeals is considering whether the state’s Motor Vehicle Administration acted unconstitutionally in recalling vanity license plates sporting a Spanish scatological word. In 2009, John T. Mitchell of Accokeek, Maryland, requested and received vanity license plates from the Maryland MVA that read “MIERDA,” a Spanish term that translates to “s**t” or “junk.”