Author Archives: Capital News Service

Toll from pandemic could change Md. oyster industry for good

Robert T. Brown, right, president of the Maryland Waterman's Association, dredges for oysters with Matt Bernd on the Chesapeake Bay near Ridge in November 2019. Both watermen and oyster farmers have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

The pandemic-affected oyster season has been difficult for the industry in Maryland, causing farmers and watermen to rethink how they sell their product and changing how programs conduct oyster restoration. After restaurants reduced their capacity and a stay-at-home order was ...

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Maryland legislation would combat menstrual inequities

Del. Kirill Reznik, D-Montgomery, House sponsor of the bill, said menstrual products are an essential item that are relatively expensive.
(The Daily Record/File Photo)

Maryland health departments and social service agencies would distribute free menstrual hygiene products to low-income households should a bill in the state Legislature pass this session. Saara Khan, a 13-year-old activist, brought this bill forward in hopes that it will ...

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Bills seek to limit implicit bias in Md. judicial system

General Assembly leaders have yet to decide how to structure the 2021 legislative session (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Maryland legislators have introduced a pair of bills that could mandate police, judges, state’s attorneys and public defenders undergo implicit bias training in order to recognize and counteract any potential biases they may carry against specific groups. Implicit bias is ...

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What’s next for the struggling U.S. Postal Service?

Inside the lobby of a post office in Raritan, New Jersey, on Feb. 22, 2021. In many communities across the U.S., postal delivery rates have been abysmal. (Capital News Service/Jennifer Mandato

Almost two months into the new year, the U.S. Postal Service is still juggling massive delays, budget issues and operational challenges, compounded by the many obstacles of 2020. Under fire from congressional critics and the general public, Postmaster General and ...

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Taxes on digital ads, cigarettes among House veto overrides

Annapolis Statehouse building. (File photo)

A digital advertising tax that would pay for Maryland’s sweeping education reform was among Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes that the House of Delegates overrode Thursday. The state predicts revenue as high as $250 million in the first year after implementation ...

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ICE detention centers could leave Maryland for good


The Dignity Not Detention Act would prevent the state’s detention centers from renewing existing contracts with ICE or private prison companies and prevent the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from coming into Maryland in the future to build new detention centers.

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