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State Roundup, August 25, 2014

August 25th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Unaccompanied immigrant minors present educational challenge to local schools; new Common Core-aligned testing to prove harder than earlier ones; Open Meeting Compliance Board rejects, delays support of proposals to change legislation regarding meetings by public bodies; state reveals firing -- two-years ago -- of high-ranking official with a $774,000 conflict of interest; Housing chief Raymond Skinner to retire; group challenges 15,000 names on voter rolls in both Virginia and Maryland; long delays at BWI’s Southwestern hub; Arundel police take in lots of surplus military vehicles, weapons; cold water thrown on politicians participating in ice bucket challenges; Hogan asks stations to yank latest Brown attack ad; Robert Flanagan, former Transportation secretary, runs for Howard delegate; Baltimore City casino ready to open; fact-checking in race for Frederick County executive; Michael Anthony Peroutka explains why he is running for Arundel Council; and Seat Pleasant mayor, ousted from his physical office, pitches a tent


State Roundup, August 22, 2014

August 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Maryland’s recent ban on the sale of grain alcohol was intended to stop binge drinking on campus. But it has also made life more difficult for two types of businesses; fracking task force hopes to issue its report by year’s end; voters will get the opportunity to approve a transportation fund “lockbox” constitutional amendment; the union for Arundel County Police is sending money to help defend the Missouri officer who killed Michael Brown; Senate Prez Miller says no to expanding number of committees; number of English non-speakers rises in Talbot schools; Towson University President Loeschke takes leave of absence; Sun wants to draft Freeman Hrabowski for university chancellor; Anne Arundel schools switch suspension policy focus to one of rewarding good behavior; and Howard group seeks reforms in referendum system


State Roundup, August 21, 2014

August 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Baltimore Immigration Court pushing through reviews to decide on children’s deportations; UM chancellor search sends out wide net; U.S. leases 80,000 acres off Maryland coast for off-shore wind development; saving Maryland blue crabs isn’t as simple as a moratorium on harvesting; gubernatorial candidate Hogan says government doesn’t need to be involved in private pension plans; Baltimore City diverts casino funds to fix steam pipe problem; Carroll County seeks to lure more business; and Seat Pleasant mayor, ousted from physical office, creates a moveable one


State Roundup, August 20, 2014

August 20th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The O’Malley administration says its rebuilt health website will be ready by November; audit finds state social services agencies failed to monitor local agencies involved with fostering children; positive economic impact of starting school later called into question; gubernatorial hopeful Hogan expands tax-free pension plan to all retirees; UM to guarantee athletic scholarships; O’Malley asks Congress not to cut Social Security; and Young and Gardner face off in Frederick County exec candidate forum


State Roundup, August 19, 2014

August 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Fracking report says procedure could impact air quality, burden health care system Washington County leads state in solar energy production capacity; Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in June; court orders Nordstrom subsidiary to pay state back taxes; U.S. Rep. Harris seeks to lead Republican policy making committee; no one is talking about it, but WYPR-FM may unionize; Hogan hires fund-raiser fired from national party after controversial event; and Hogan continues to raise money to retire primary debt


State Roundup, August 18, 2014

August 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Local jurisdiction likely will foot some of the costs of providing attorneys at initial bail hearings; average of 4.5 police SWAT raids daily in Maryland; former Del. Mary Conroy dies at 82; gubernatorial candidates criticize each other’s possible administration, as ice buckets abound; gov candidate Hogan beats drum for arcade business owners over new regulations; three Democratic county execs finally come out for Brown; O’Malley speaks in Mississippi, New Hampshire; Neverdon misses the mark on signatures in run for Baltimore City state’s attorney; group forms PAC to fight secessionist Peroutka’s run in Anne Arundel; and services for George Manis this morning


State Roundup, August 15, 2014

August 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Environmental groups urge Sen. Mikulski to remove language that could kill Somerset County wind project; Franchot kicks off post-Labor Day school initiative in Ocean City; pension officials says recent reforms put state plan on more sound footing; judge green lights blind voter lawsuit; District 1B delegate candidates attend labor forum; former District 12 candidate Brian Bailey sentenced for failing to put authority line on campaign literature; pundits roll out the advice for Hogan, Brown; and O’Malley pops up, then out at MACo.


State Roundup, August 14, 2014

August 14th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

BPW OKs $16 billion in state health contracts, covering 200,000 employees, retirees and families; more counties seeing opioid abuse as dual health and safety issues; lawsuit over providing online voting for blind and disabled voters goes to court; Post editorial board urges end to state tax holiday; after 12 years of backing Republicans, Maryland Fraternal Order of Police backs Brown for governor; and while minorities are a majority in Montgomery, leadership is majority white


State Roundup, August 13, 2014

August 13th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Federal judge upholds new state ban on assault rifles, some magazines; state study into school system financing could mean more money for some; Republican House members ask governor how state will manage illegal immigrant children; court strikes down special zoning for Cove Point Liquid Natural Gas facility; Hogan proposes tax-free pensions for retired law officers; Hogan campaign manager was paid $35,000 by Change Maryland; state Democratic Central Committee to look into chapter voting procedures; and Seat Pleasant mayor ousted from his office -- but not his job and vows to pitch tent outside city hall.


State Roundup, August 12, 2014

August 12th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Advocates to ask state for improved services for LGBT youths; state’s autopsy technicians seek higher wages; gambling advocates fight against federal ban on Internet gaming; legislation improving access to recreational waterways in Maryland; Mikulski, Cummings push for more federal transportation funds for Maryland; Franchot continues tour of state to encourage spending during tax-free week; after 12 years as delegate, Susan Lee says its time to run for the state Senate; District 1C candidates clash over issues as they seek to gain LeRoy Myers seat; Superintendent Lowery advocates individual student growth over “benchmarks;” and Carroll commissioners, candidates clash over filling administrator vacancy



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