Wednesday, April 23, 2014
IRS’s summons power faces test in Supreme Court
Patrick Temple-West ― REUTERS

The Internal Revenue Service will go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to defend the way it enforces its power to issue legal summonses to obtain sensitive documents from taxpayers who refuse to cooperate with audits.

The IRS is squaring off against Michael Clarke, a West Palm Beach, Florida, investor who is arguing that the U.S. tax agency in 2011 improperly issued a summons “as retribution” against him and his business partners for resisting an audit.

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Pilot would allow student devices
Gretchen Phillips ― Maryland Independent

Three schools are piloting a new program that would allow students to bring their own electronic devices such as cellphones and computer tablets to school for instructional use in classrooms.

A Bring Your Own Device committee was formed to help develop a policy to help integrate technology in the classroom for instruction. Thomas Stone High School Principal Michael Meiser lead the committee, and last month, he and other members presented information about the program to the Charles County Board of Education.

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Wellness programs grow more popular with employers
CATHERINE LUCEY ― WTOP

That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul.

More companies are starting or expanding wellness programs that aim to reduce their medical costs by improving their employees’ health. They’re asking workers to take physical exams, complete detailed health assessments and focus on controlling conditions such as diabetes. Along with that, many companies also are dangling the threat of higher monthly insurance premiums to prod workers into action.

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Union protests postal counters in Staples stores
WTOP

Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees.

Last year, Staples office supply stores began providing postal services under a pilot program that now includes some 80 stores. The American Postal Workers Union objects because the program replaces well-paid union workers with low-wage nonunion workers.

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Tax-Free scratch-off win amazes Calvert trucker
THEBAYNET.COM

A Chesapeake Beach truck driver who rolled into Lottery headquarters in Baltimore last week is amazed at his good fortune! He claimed a $50,000 all-taxes paid prize won on a Biggest Taxes Paid Ever scratch-off.

The Calvert County man found his Lottery luck close to home at a Chesapeake Beach retailer.

“I stopped by a store to cash in a Keno winner and decided to get a scratch ticket,” our winner said. “I saw the game with the tax-free prize and pointed to it.”

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Charles County Board of Appeals Meeting Video

Date: 04/22/2014

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Red Flag Warning
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Charles County Update Quick Take - “Sam Grow, Guitars…

... and Stripes Country Fest”

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Visit the Crain Memorial Welcome Center

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Planning board sends Docket 90 changes on to commissioners
Rebecca J. Barnabi ― Maryland Independent

The Charles County Planning Commission unanimously approved sending changes to Docket 90 to the Charles County commissioners for approval at a work session Monday.

At the planning commission’s regular April 7 meeting, its members did not vote on proposals to streamline the agreement between The St. Charles Cos. and Charles County after a public hearing and discussion.

Elizabeth Theobalds, deputy county attorney, made a presentation to the commission at Monday’s work session in which she reviewed revisions proposed for Docket 90 by county staff and the county commissioners in the past two years, as well as the history of the agreement.

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Housing Authority Board of Charles County, Maryland - Agenda


Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Spring Marks the Start of Tornado Season

Now that tornado season is here, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services encourages residents to be prepared.  Tornadoes are violent by nature and capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects like deadly missiles.  A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour.

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Many questions about hiring of WURC manager
Maryland Independent - LTE

What’s going on? I just read the article in the Maryland Independent about the Waldorf Urban Revitalization Corridor [“Faulcon excited to get to WURC,” April 18].

Why are we paying the new WURC manager more than $97,000 and leasing private office space for her away from the rest of the people in Charles County government? Why has she been on staff for three weeks and not even met the commissioners? Why does her resume include a project in Savannah where two elected officials were critical of her work? Or a $100 million grant project in Norfolk and Portsmouth that only received a quarter of its funding and shut down early. Neither of these sound like big successes. How does her most recent experience in human resources make her qualified for a position in land use development?

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Budget requests top $30M
Jeff Newman ― Maryland Independent

The Charles County school system and sheriff’s office both asked the county commissioners Tuesday for double-digit budget increases in fiscal 2015.

The Charles County Board of Education is requesting a fiscal 2015 operating budget of $342.7 million, up from its current $322 million budget. Of the total request, $178.7 million would come from the county, a $19.7 million and 12.4 percent increase of its fiscal 2014 local funding.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is asking for $87.5 million, up from the $76.9 million it received for the current fiscal year, a 13.9 percent increase.

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Franchot’s wind bill veto request irritates So. Md. lawmakers
Jeff Newman ― Maryland Independent

The Southern Maryland delegation has expressed its displeasure with Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot urging Gov. Martin O’Malley to veto legislation delaying the construction of a Somerset County wind farm that locals fear will interfere with radar testing systems at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

As chairwoman of the delegation, Del. Sally Y. Jameson (D-Charles) wrote Thursday to Franchot (D) “to express our dissatisfaction” with the comptroller’s own April 16 letter to O’Malley (D) urging his veto.

The legislation would impose a 13-month moratorium on building windmills within the base’s radar test range to allow time for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to complete a $2 million study on how to best mitigate the effect of the turbines.

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