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Officials announce largest tobacco bust in Md. agency’s history

Boxes of contraband tobacco products recovered in a bust crowd a storage room in the Louis L. Goldstein Treasury Building in Annapolis on Wednesday. (Eric Myers/Capital News Service)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on Wednesday announced the agency’s largest tobacco bust ever, resulting in more than $450,000 worth of seized contraband tobacco products. The raid, which took place Nov. 5, recovered 521 packs of untaxed cigarettes, 1,246 ...

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Van Hollen, Beyer propose surtax on millionaires

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. (Julia Schmalz / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The richest 1% of Americans control more wealth than the entire middle class combined, according to the Brookings Institution - a striking sign of income inequality that has accelerated since the Great Recession.

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Deadline nears for Maryland uninsured-motorist debt amnesty

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, traffic makes it's way across 42nd Street in New York City. One promise of ride-hailing companies was a drop in the number of cars in urban areas and an easing of clogged city streets. But a survey by an urban planning group suggests the opposite: That ride-hailing companies may be pulling riders off buses, subways and bicycles and putting them in cars. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

ANNAPOLIS — Time is running out for uninsured motorists in Maryland to take advantage of a program that forgives 80 percent of uninsured-driving debts that became delinquent before 2017. Debtors have until Dec. 31 to register for the program and ...

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Maryland black bear hunt numbers are up with growing population

Carl Lee of Swanton, Maryland, harvested a 539-pound bear in Garrett County — the largest bear taken in Maryland’s annual black bear hunt — on Oct. 21, 2019. (Courtesy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources.)

ANNAPOLIS — Starting with a chance in a lottery, black bear hunting in Maryland can be a long process. After winning a license, carefully choosing a location and days outside hunting the bear, the payout can sometimes be as simple ...

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Supreme Court to weigh move to end program for young immigrants

The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is due to hear arguments next week over the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate a program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, 165 educational institutions (including ...

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E-scooters on college campuses look like they have a bumpy road ahead

Bird e-scooter parked outside of a library at the University of Maryland campus. (Photo: Rachel Bucchino/CNS)

Electric scooters are making their way onto college campuses across the country. But with this new alternative transportation method comes e-scooter-related accidents that campus officials expect to rise. The University of Maryland welcomed an electric fleet at the beginning of ...

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