Meat groups sue USDA over meat labeling rule
DES MOINES, Iowa — Eight meat and livestock groups have sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture in federal court in Washington to block implementation of a new meat labeling rule. The rule approved in May by the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, requires meat labels to detail where animals grown for meat were born, raised and […]
Catholic hospitals accept birth control compromise
NEW YORK — In a split with U.S. bishops, a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama’s administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers. “We are pleased that our members now have an accommodation that will not require them to contract, provide, pay or refer for contraceptive […]
Former judge admits flaws in secret court overseeing NSA programs
WASHINGTON — A former federal judge who served on a secret court overseeing the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs denied Tuesday that the judges act as “rubber stamps.” But James Robertson said the system is flawed because of its failure to allow legal adversaries to question the government’s actions. “Anyone who has been a […]
Regulators propose stricter rule for 8 big banks
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators took a step Tuesday toward making eight of the largest U.S. banks meet a stricter measure of health to reduce the threat they pose to the financial system. The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency proposed that those banks increase their […]
Dewey Beach defending business license fees
DEWEY BEACH, Del. — Dewey Beach is defending its business license fees against a class action lawsuit. The News Journal of Wilmington reports attorney and businessman Alex Pires filed the lawsuit against the town earlier this year. He says the town is treating its business license fee like a tax, and it is much higher […]
Mikulski pledges weather modeling funds
U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, said that she intends to use that power to improve U.S. weather forecasting.
Hagerstown finance director resigns, allegedly misused funds
HAGERSTOWN — A spokeswoman for the city of Hagerstown says the city’s finance director has resigned following an alleged “misuse of city money.” The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports Michelle Burker’s resignation was effective Monday. Hagerstown’s mayor, David S. Gysberts, told the paper it was Burker’s decision to resign. He said he couldn’t talk about [...]
Funding targets city youth training program
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will receive a federal grant of $1,050,160 for its YouthBuild Program from the U.S Department of Labor.
Coalition aims to intervene in Conowingo Dam relicensing
CUMBERLAND — he Clean Chesapeake Coalition hopes the Conowingo Dam’s relicensing process will create an opportunity to address concerns about the dam’s role in Chesapeake Bay pollution. The Cumberland Times-News reports that lawyers for the coalition have filed to intervene in the federal relicensing process, seeking to add conditions to help protect the bay. The […]
Former delegate turns to lobbying in new firm
A former state delegate is joining a trio of influential Annapolis lobbyists in a new firm, they announced Monday.
Top court invalidates Anne Arundel councilman’s ouster
The Anne Arundel County Council had no right to declare the seat of a council member vacant after he was sentenced to prison for five months, the state’s highest court has held.
Gas tax, tolls rising in Maryland next week
ANNAPOLIS — The cost of driving in Maryland is going up next week. The state’s first gas tax increase in two decades goes into effect, along with the second round of toll increases in less than two years. In another step designed to build infrastructure, the deadline for 10 of the state’s most populated jurisdictions […]