Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Charles County Commissioners Meeting Video

Date:  10/21/2014

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Charles County Board of Fire and Rescue Meeting Video

Date:  10/16/2014

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Nov. 1

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens the next household hazardous waste collection will be held Saturday, Nov. 1.  The household hazardous waste collection site is the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, located at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercury thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Please remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.

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New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans
MARCY GORDON ― WTOP

Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week.

With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country’s still-recovering housing market.
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The regulators have dropped a key requirement: a 20-percent down payment from the borrower if a bank didn’t hold at least 5 percent of the mortgage securities tied to those loans on its books. The long-delayed final rules include the less stringent condition that borrowers not carry excessive debt relative to their income.

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Stewart looks to outlast Posey challenge in Dist. 3
Jeff Newman ― Maryland Independent

GOP nominee Tillman hopes to benefit from write-in run

One of two races for Charles County commissioner to feature an intriguing write-in candidate, the contest for the District 3 seat pits Democratic primary winner Amanda Stewart against Republican nominee Marcus Tillman and local activist Cornell Posey.

With early voting set to begin Thursday, Stewart said her campaign has “a host of different ways that we’re reaching out to residents” in the run-up to the Nov. 4 election.

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Schools grapple with test changes
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf ― Maryland Independent

The Charles County public school system is struggling to regain its balance as it phases out a longtime state test that for years served as a high school graduation requirement and replaces it with another test, one that aligns with the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, which are rooted in the federal Common Core State Standards.

The Maryland High School Assessments, which are incrementally falling by the wayside, were enacted as a graduation requirement for the class of 2009 and tested students in four content areas: algebra, biology, English and government. Initially established in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act, HSAs and HSA scores are benchmarks for Maryland schools, allowing administrators and teachers to establish school goals.

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Board opposes moves to start school after Labor Day
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf ― Maryland Independent

Though the Charles County Board of Education has yet to officially vote on its opinions on legislation that the General Assembly might tackle in the upcoming session, board members expressed opposition last week to a growing call to start the school calendar after Labor Day.

Charles County Public Schools attorney Eric Schwartz presented the board at its Oct. 14 meeting with proposed 2015 legislative opinions, with the understanding that though the sitting board would vote on the opinions in a coming meeting, a new board, whose members start their terms in January, would be addressing political matters that emerge in the 90-day General Assembly session, which begins Jan. 14.

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Economist chides Charles over ‘unacceptable’ jobless rate
Jeff Newman ― Maryland Independent

A leading Baltimore economist called the 6.5 percent unemployment rate in Charles County “unacceptable,” given local residents’ levels of education and affluence, during his speech Tuesday morning at the county’s 17th annual economic development summit at the Jaycees center in Waldorf.

Sage Policy Group Chairman and CEO Anirban Basu said a well-educated and affluent workforce such as the county’s should not translate into an unemployment rate higher than the nation’s 5.9 percent. He also said the state’s economic mantra of “Feds, Eds, Meds and Beds” is no longer working with federal spending stagnating.

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Port Deposit goes all out to protect its endangered map turtles
Rona Kobell ― Bay Journal

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In the Chesapeake Bay region, the northern map turtle lives only in the Susquehanna River basin. In Maryland, its range is a small area between Garrett Island and Deer and Broad creeks in Harford and Cecil counties.

The turtles can live up to 70 years, and the females have decades of potential nesting seasons, with broods as large as a dozen eggs at a time.

Typically, the turtles hibernate from November until April. Then, they emerge from their underground nests to breed in the rivers. From May to July, the females emerge from the water looking for nests — typically sandy or loamy soils.

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U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber
Aruna Viswanatha ― REUTERS

The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions.

The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States.

As part of the shift, the Justice Department has created a new position in the senior ranks of its national security division to focus on cyber security and recruited an experienced prosecutor, Luke Dembosky, to fill the position.

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U.S. to scrap trade deal on Russian steel duties
REUTERS

The U.S. Department of Commerce will terminate a 15-year-old deal sheltering Russian flat-rolled steel producers from high import duties, it said in a letter to Russian authorities.

In the letter published on Monday, the United States gave Russia 60 days notice of the termination and said anti-dumping duties would then apply.

The so-called suspension agreement has sheltered Russian steelmakers from anti-dumping duties as high as 184.56 percent on hot-rolled, flat-rolled, carbon quality steel, instead setting a cap on imports and a minimum price.

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Pentagon to create medical support team for U.S. Ebola response
REUTERS

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the creation of a 30-member expeditionary medical support team to be able to provide emergency help in the event of an Ebola crisis in the United States, a Pentagon spokesman said on Sunday.

The team of five doctors, 20 nurses and five trainers could respond on short notice to help civilian medical professionals, a statement from Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

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U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws
Jim Finkle ― REUTERS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.

The products under review by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, include an infusion pump from Hospira Inc and implantable heart devices from Medtronic Inc and St Jude Medical Inc, according to other people familiar with the cases, who asked not to be identified because the probes are confidentia

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GPS satellite launch set for Oct. 29 in Cape Canaveral
James Dean ― USA TODAY

United Launch Alliance is preparing for an Oct. 29 launch from Cape Canaveral of a new Global Positioning System satellite, the eighth in the newest series of 12 built by Boeing.
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More than 30 GPS satellites orbiting about 11,000 miles up provide highly accurate positioning, navigation and timing data to military and civilian users.

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DOT website has snafu on air bag recall info
Chris Woodyard ― USA TODAY

Consumers trying to find out more about whether their cars are covered by the Takata air bag recalls were having trouble Tuesday if they turned to the federal government’s official auto-safety website.

The part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site that allows consumers to look up their cars through the vehicle identification number, or VIN, was on the blink. The trouble on the site, SaferCar.gov, came a day after the government issued a release saying owners need to “act immediately” on the air bag issue.

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