Biden treads carefully around Trump’s combative trade policy

President Joe Biden speaks about the economy in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Joe Biden has wasted no time in dumping a batch of major Trump administration policies. He rejoined the Paris climate agreement. He ended a ban on travelers from mostly Muslim countries. He canceled the Keystone XL oil pipeline. He reversed a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

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Some struggle with new bill testimony system in Maryland

The Statehouse building in Annapolis, (Maximilian Franz / The Daily Record)

Signing up to speak at a bill hearing or file written testimony got harder — and for some, maybe impossible — after the coronavirus pandemic shifted how the Maryland General Assembly accepts witness testimonies.

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Md. struggling to raise vaccination levels in minority communities

A "promotora" (health promoter) from CASA, a Hispanic advocacy group, tries to enroll Latinos as volunteers to test a potential COVID-19 vaccine, at a farmers market in Takoma Park, Maryland on Sept. 9, 2020. Minority enrollment in studies of two shots has inched up in recent weeks, but even more is needed this fall as additional vaccine testing gets underway over the next two months. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)

Maryland’s acting health secretary told lawmakers that residents seeking doses of a coronavirus vaccine should sign up on multiple waiting lists. The comments from Acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader irritated some state senators who said their constituents, particularly the elderly ...

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Maryland House overrides veto of major education measure

Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, stands outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, with cardboard cutouts of students before the House of Delegates voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a comprehensive K-12 education measure that will steer billions in new funding to schools over the next decade. The Maryland Senate will still need to override the veto for the measure to become law. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates voted Monday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a comprehensive K-12 education measure that would boost school funding by billions of dollars over a decade’s time. The House voted 95-37 to override ...

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Makerspaces could encourage workers to ‘stay local and flourish’

Former Verso Co. paper mill employees work on CNC lathe machines as part of Allegany College’s Advanced Manufacturing Program. A makerspace planned for the county is designed to help other displaced workers acquire new skills. (Submitted Photo)

Even though Western Maryland Works, a 30,000 square foot makerspace in Allegany County, couldn’t open as planned in early 2020 due to the pandemic, the space, packed with high-tech machinery and private offices, hasn’t gone unused over the past 10 months. ...

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Md. Senate approves $1.5B relief plan; measure goes to House

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

ANNAPOLIS — A $1.5 billion proposal to provide aide to low-income Marylanders, struggling businesses and those who have been stymied in receiving unemployment benefits during the pandemic now makes it way to the House from the Senate. The Maryland Senate Friday ...

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Howard County to offer additional $5M in HoCo RISE business grants


Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Friday announced the third round of HoCo RISE Business Grants of $5.1 million for small local businesses, restaurants and hotels. The funding includes $2 million in county funds for businesses, $1.5 million from the state for restaurants, and $1.6 ...

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