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Off-shore drilling decision sparks outrage

WASHINGTON — Maryland environmental groups were outraged over President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday lifting the 20-year ban on offshore drilling, saying the move could have disastrous effects on the Chesapeake Bay. “At a time when we need to tackle both ...

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Fishermen decry new scallop rules

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland fishermen say new federal regulations on sea scallops benefit large fishing companies in New England — and put small boats out of business. Last year, about 40 scallop boats worked out of Ocean City each day, said ...

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Bill targets public health risk from sale of used underwear

ANNAPOLIS — Sometimes the stuff everyone thinks should be against the law, well, isn’t. For instance, Maryland retailers can legally place used underwear back on the racks and sell it as new. A bill working its way through both chambers ...

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Census response varies widely in Md.

There are a number of identifiers that can distinguish the towns of Bladensburg from Chevy Chase — racial makeup, income and poverty levels — but none more timely than their census mail-back rates. Chevy Chase in Montgomery County is just ...

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Md. tanning industry hot over new tax hike

Indoor tanners and tanning businesses nationwide are outraged over the recently signed health care reform’s 10 percent federal tanning tax that’s expected to start boosting prices this summer. “I think it [stinks],” said Scott Magnus, owner of College Park’s Beach ...

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Small businesses anxious over health law

WASHINGTON — Rick Mollica, owner of the Wishy Wash Laundromat in Silver Spring, searched for affordable health insurance several times in the last few years for his eight employees without any luck. He said he doesn’t know yet if the ...

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UB gets committee’s approval for public affairs college

COLLEGE PARK — The University of Baltimore moved one step closer to establishing a public affairs college with approval Wednesday from the Education Policy Committee of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Meeting at the University of Maryland, ...

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Opponents back goals of juvenile health care bill, but not its cost

ANNAPOLIS — Advocates of a bill that would guarantee continuous medical assistance for recently incarcerated youth reentering their communities say their legislation would help minors and save the state money. Currently, incarcerated youth who use Medicaid or the Maryland Children’s ...

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Troubled Waxter center will remain open

ANNAPOLIS – The House Judiciary Committee has heard testimony on a bill that would close Laurel’s state-run Thomas J.S. Waxter Center for female juvenile offenders. But Delegate Kathleen Dumais, D-Montgomery, who sponsored the bill, says she did not expect it ...

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Md. renewable energy goals face obstacles

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland has an ambitious goal of producing 20 percent of its electricity with renewable resources by 2022. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as energy companies, agree that it’s important to bring the renewable energy ...

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