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Bipartisan group will propose omnibus anti-crime bill, Md. lawmakers say

Sen. Robert Zirkin, a Democrat, talks about measures aimed at protecting Maryland residents from gun violence during a news conference with Democrats in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Del. David Moon, far right in front, is sponsoring a bill to ban bump stocks, devices that enable rapid-fire shooting similar to fully automatic weapons. Sen. Richard Madaleno, left of Moon, is sponsoring a bill to repeal the state's Handgun Permit Review Board, which is comprised of five members appointed by the governor, and turn decisions over appeals for wear and carry permits over to administrative law judges. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

ANNAPOLIS – A bipartisan group of legislators is working on an omnibus crime bill that would permit enhanced penalties for illegal gun possession and increase funding for witness relocation programs, among other law-and-order provisions, according to those involved in the ...

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New housing numbers send Maryland mixed signals

In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, new home construction is underway in a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa. It’s lining up to be another strong year for investors who own homebuilding stocks as a proxy bet on the health of the U.S. housing market. Housing market trends are expected to remain favorable for builders, but those focusing on first-time buyers could be the safest bet for further gains. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Federal government figures found the number of new homes under construction increasing nationally last month while dropping in the northeast, as Maryland continues to navigate a supply-constrained single-family housing market. Nationally, seasonally adjusted privately owned housing starts in January, which ...

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