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Fire up the corn stove, and pay less for heat

MOUNT RAINIER — On a brisk fall night here, Brent Bolin fires up his corn-burning stove. “It’s great you can have some heat while you’re sitting in your living room or doing whatever,” said the 33-year-old National Institutes of Health ...

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State revenues may finally be on the rise

ANNAPOLIS — State revenues may be on the rise after plummeting over the last two years, according to the Maryland Department of Legislative Services. Although still lagging, revenues over the last month have started to move in the right direction. ...

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Md., Va., Del. agree to wind partnership

The governors of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware have agreed to a partnership to encourage the deployment of offshore wind energy in the region, hoping to capitalize on the mid-Atlantic’s enormous offshore wind resources. Govs. Martin O’Malley, Tim Kaine and Jack ...

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Hopkins health system faces pension funding rule issues

WASHINGTON — Unless Congress reforms pension funding rules, Johns Hopkins Health System will have to divert resources from patient care and lay off personnel to meet its pension obligations, system President Ronald Peterson told Congress Thursday. Peterson testified at a ...

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Harsh weather to be harsh on Western Md. budgets

While snowfall to some means outdoor winter fun and time off from school, to county governments it requires big spending on equipment and overtime pay to clear roads and ensure safety. For counties across the state already teetering financially, a ...

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Trial pits bats against wind farm project

GREENBELT — Lawyers for organizations opposed to a wind energy project in West Virginia told a federal judge Wednesday that it could violate the Endangered Species Act by harming a rare species of bat — one the defense claims is ...

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Shelter dogs become wildlife detectives

LUSBY — The shining black Labrador retriever’s tail snapped back and forth like a flag in the wind as he jumped happily in the tall grass. Blu completed his mission and gleefully attacked a black Kong toy in a victory ...

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