Friday, March 06, 2009
Jobless rate bolts to 8.1 percent, 651K jobs lost

The nation’s unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening recession.

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Ceremony Scheduled for Opening of WSSC Water Connection

The Charles County Commissioners will hold a press conference and ribboncutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the WSSC Booster Station, located at 2150 Sawmill Place in Waldorf. Invited guests include representatives from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), the Prince George’s County Council, and the Charles County Water Resources Committee. The event will highlight the opening of an inter-County water line connection that will help to relieve aquifers and save well water in Charles County.
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In addition to purchasing water from WSSC, the County is looking into other alternative water sources, such as the potential for surface water treatment systems, water conservation programs including recycling treated effluent, and locating wells at points in the aquifers outside the development district, then pumping water back through new transmission lines.

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Sheriff’s Deputy Finds Rare Kidney Match in Partner

A Charles County sheriff’s deputy with a rare blood type finds a kidney match from his partner.

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This Week’s Historic Charles County Photo

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Hoyer Holds Firm On Earmarks
Guy Leonard ― Southern Maryland Online

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Mechanicsville) appeared to chide the Obama administration Tuesday by saying that the White House doesn’t have the power to tell Congress to curb member-sponsored earmarks.

According to a report in The Washington Times newspaper Hoyer was quoted as saying: “I don’t think the White House has the ability to tell us what to do. I hope you all got that down.”

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Party parity mandate for election judges scrutinized
ALAN BRODY ― Maryland Independent

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Legislation in the House of Delegates would allow for the nonpartisan hiring of all election judges; meeting the need to balance the judges has caused problems in partisan strongholds in recent elections. The measure would not change the requirement that one chief judge from each major party be assigned to every precinct.

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Sides continue Civista nurses’ contract talks
NANCY BROMLEY McCONATY ― Maryland Independent

Some members of the nurses union at Civista Medical Center in La Plata say the hospital is on shaky financial ground and the problems are severely impacting patient care at the hospital, but the administration is reluctant to talk about it.

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Driver checks fire, draws suspension
GRETCHEN PHILLIPS ― Maryland Independent

A Charles County school bus driver was suspended for making an unscheduled stop, leaving the bus and running into a burning home on his route.
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Stine said that Higgs entered the burning home to perform a preliminary check of the house before the first engine arrived on the scene from Cobb Island.

He said the school bus was on the scene for no more than five minutes and at the time Higgs had entered the building, there were some parents and a police officer around the school bus.

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County hits the jackpot with stadium receipts
JAY FRIESS ― Maryland Independent

County revenues from the 2008 baseball season at Regency Furniture Stadium exceeded the contractual minimum by nearly 45 percent, according to an announcement by Charles County government and its private partner.
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In its statement, the county attributed the surge in revenue to the 27 for-profit events held at the stadium in the eight months following opening day, not including regular season games. These events netted $66,990.

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Briefing: Department of Emergency Service’s Special Needs Database

Board Docs - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting - TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009

1.08 [1:15 p.m.] Briefing: Department of Emergency Service’s Special Needs Database (Mr. Bill Stephens/Ms. Jennifer Adams, Department of Emergency Services)

Emergency Services Special Needs Database.pdf

Sammy 06:43 AM | (0) Comments | Email this post | Permalink
Workers clobbered by relentless layoffs
JEANNINE AVERSA ― Virginian-Pilot

Cost-cutting employers are resorting to even bigger layoffs as they scramble to survive the recession, feeding insecurities among those who still have jobs and those who desperately want them.

The Labor Department on Friday is slated to release a report expected to show that February was an especially cruel month for America’s workers.

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2010 Census Still Imperiled by Technical, Other Troubles, GAO Says
Steve Vogel and Ed O'Keefe ― Washington Post

The accuracy of the 2010 Census remains threatened by computer problems and untested methods the Census Bureau plans to use for conducting the count, according to testimony yesterday from the Government Accountability Office.

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New Life for ‘Clean Coal’ Project
Kimberly Kindy ― Washington Post

Deep inside the economic stimulus package is a $1 billion prize that, in five short words, shows the benefits of being in power in Washington.

The funding, for “fossil energy research and development,” is likely to go to a power plant in a small Illinois town, a project whose longtime backers include a group of powerful lawmakers from the state, among them President Obama.

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No BPA For Baby Bottles In U.S.
Lyndsey Layton ― Washington Post

The six largest manufacturers of baby bottles will stop selling bottles in the United States made with bisphenol A, a controversial chemical widely used in plastics but increasingly linked to a range of health effects.
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Much of the new research suggests that BPA has an effect at very low doses—lower than the current safety standard set by the Food and Drug Administration. The most prominent finding was by the National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, which reported last year that there is “some concern” BPA may affect the brain and behavioral development of fetuses, infants and young children.

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‘Green’ Energy Plant Proposed for Loudoun
Tara Bahrampour ― Washington Post

Loudoun County would be powered by electricity generated in its back yard under a proposal to build an $813 million plant using natural gas, steam and solar energy.

Green Energy Partners is proposing to build the facility on 80 acres just east of Leesburg, on property with two existing natural gas lines. To create the steam, the plant would use up to 5 million gallons a day of treated wastewater it would purchase from Leesburg. The treated water is now discharged into the Potomac River.

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