Thursday, July 10, 2008
Conservation Meeting to Discuss Farm Bill Budget
Daniel Gross ― The Bay Net

On Monday, July 14, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will hold a public hearing on how the 2008 Farm Bill will affect the Chesapeake Bay. Discussion will involve what new actions can be taken to reduce pollution in the bay and how to further improve the condition of the ecosystem.  The hearing is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. in the Lowes Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St. 

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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown getting more national looks
Janel Davis ― Gazette

With the political spotlight shining on the candidacy of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, party members nationwide are benefiting from the attention, including Maryland’s Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.

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Taxes could be next frontier for health care
Sean R. Sedam ― Gazette

New taxes on tobacco, alcohol and business could be among proposals for further expanding health care during the 2009 General Assembly.

As state officials and health care advocates this week celebrated the July 1 Medicaid expansion that makes 100,000 Marylanders eligible for health care, advocates pushed the federal government for more reform. They are preparing a plan for the next step toward expansion in Maryland.

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Friday Cat Blogging - July 11, 2008


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Another County Department Head leaving?

That’s the rumor, over on the Looney Bin!

Another one bites the dust! Margie Cheseldine, Director of Community Services and the last of the original Department Heads, has left Charles County Government. Rumor has it that her and Paul Comfort got into it and was given the choice of resigning or being fired.

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Commission Tasked with Studying Death Penalty in Maryland

Governor Martin O’Malley today, joined by Speaker of the House Michael Busch, announced Benjamin Civiletti, former U.S. Attorney General, as Chairman of the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment. Governor O’Malley today also announced the 22 other members of the Commission, which is tasked with studying all aspects of capital punishment as currently and historically administered in the State

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Governor Announces New Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the development of the Maryland State Communications Interoperability Program, and signed an Executive Order that establishes a statewide communications interoperability plan, which will enable emergency first responders, public safety officials and all law enforcement agencies to communicate reliably, rapidly and instantaneously thus enhancing public safety across the State. 

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Alternative Energy Conference Draws Thousands
Andrea Shiell ― Southern Maryland Online

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe seemed to be in his element this past weekend, trolling around in casual clothes with tools, covered in sawdust, and sweating in the hot sun as he and many others showcased what they are hoping will be the future of energy in the US. “This is what I do,” he said. “When people want to find me as a county commissioner, they can come here and find me building something.”

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PSC weighs shift in utilities’ way of buying power
Paul Adams ― Baltimore Sun

The Public Service Commission wants to gauge whether Maryland utilities could lower electric bills by owning their own power plants or entering into long-term contracts with power generators, a new regulatory filing shows.

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Home prices in region continue to slide
Jamie Smith Hopkins ― Baltimore Sun

Home prices were back in negative territory last month as sales continued to fall in the Baltimore metro area.

The average home sold for about $322,200 in June, down 4.4 percent from a year earlier, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems said this morning. The Rockville-based multiple-listing service said that just over 2,300 homes changed hands in the city and five surrounding counties, down 31 percent from a year ago.

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Police agencies debating who takes charge of homicide cases
JOHN WHARTON ― The Enterprise

State police may alter five-year truce with sheriff’s office

An understanding at the heart of an agreement five years ago to end turf wars in St. Mary’s between sheriff’s deputies and state troopers could be swept aside.

The original agreement combined detectives in the two agencies to solve major crimes, and is now being renegotiated.

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The old man who farms with the sea
Marla Dickerson ― Los Angeles Times

A few miles inland from the Sea of Cortez, amid cracked earth and mesquite and sun-bleached cactus, neat rows of emerald plants are sprouting from the desert floor.

The crop is salicornia. It is nourished by seawater flowing from a man-made canal. And if you believe the American who is farming it, this incongruous swath of green has the potential to feed the world, fuel our vehicles and slow global warming.

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Schools cutting bus service because of fuel prices
Gwen Purdom ― USA TODAY

School administrators are spinning their wheels trying to cope with the soaring costs of fuel for school buses. The bottom line: More students will walk farther this fall.

“All the less drastic measures have pretty much been exploited,” says Robin Leeds of the National School Transportation Association. “All that sort of easy-picking fruit has been picked.”

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The Capital - Our Opinion: Local voters have last word on slots A promising idea

Slot machines should never be forced into any jurisdiction that doesn’t want them. And that’s a point with which we’d hope even advocates of slots would agree.

So we would have been happier if Maryland’s Nov. 4 referendum item on legalizing slots were explicitly worded to bar them in any county where they are rejected by a majority of voters. But a provision in the referendum proposal requires that any slots facility “comply with all applicable planning and zoning laws of the local jurisdiction.”

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Allegany County trims take-home vehicle perks

Allegany County is taking away some take-home vehicles to cut fuel costs.

The county commissioners voted to eliminate the perk immediately for workers living outside the county. The move affects seven sheriff’s department employees and one in public works.

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