Friday, May 22, 2015
MDE Earth Week 2015

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Teachers, green groups, police press budget priorities
Joel Davis ― Maryland Independent

With county departments and the school system requesting $40.4 million more than available revenues of $348.6 million, and a staff-generated “baseline” budget that raises expenditures only by state-mandated levels coming in $7.9 million above the revenue number, the Charles County commissioners face a daunting task to deliver a budget that must balance by state mandate.

Teachers, parents, representatives of the business community and other interested county residents packed the hearing room at the government building in La Plata to give the commissioners input as to how that revenue should be spent.

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La Plata Bed Race Video 2015

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Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes


April 14 15.pdf (180 KB)

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection June 6
Charles County Government

The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind citizens that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, June 6.  The household hazardous waste collection site is located in 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 lab

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This Memorial Day, remember generations who served
Maryland Independent - Editorial

They are in their 80s and 90s now, the mostly men and some women still alive who served in U.S. military uniform during the war in Europe that ended 70 years this month. Their comrades in arms in the Pacific had another three months of combat ahead of them before the Japanese surrender ended World War II.

During that war, 16 million Americans served in the military. About 850,000 of them survive today, according to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. But more than 400,000 have been dead for 70 years or more. They were killed between 1941 and 1945.

Those who served with them remember them still. As this Memorial Day approaches, so should we all.

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Guilford project, airport are a bad combination
Maryland Independent - LTE

I have read several letters to the editor expressing concerns about the proposed Guilford project in Bryans Road. They all have been very legitimate as to why this land speculation proposal should not be approved to move forward. Some of the concerns are obvious — additional school overloading and the added traffic congestion from this high-density proposal, all not in the best interest of the existing population.

The concern I want to address is the geographic relationship of the housing proposal to the newly expanded Maryland Airport. There is an ongoing land use study for the area surrounding the airport. The study is not completed.

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Residents oppose tax increases at hearing
Joel Davis ― Maryland Independent

The three Charles County residents who spoke at a public hearing Wednesday night in La Plata on the constant yield tax rate were adamant in opposition to any increases in the county property tax or a proposed increase in the real estate transfer tax.

Dave Eicholtz, director of the county’s fiscal and administrative services, told attendees at the hearing that the assessed value of property in Charles County had gone down 0.3 percent, meaning that to raise the same amount of revenue as it did last year, the property tax rate would have to go up from $1.205 per $100 of assessable value to $1.209.

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Hogan to embark on 12-day trade mission in Asia next week
Josh Hicks ― Washington Post

Gov. Larry Hogan will embark Tuesday on a 12-day trade mission to three of Asia’s economic powerhouses, meeting with business organizations, heads of state and diplomats in an attempt to strengthen Maryland’s economic ties to the region.

The Business and Economic Development Department announced the plans in a conference call Thursday, saying Hogan (R) will visit South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during stops in Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo, in that order.

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Senate expected to act on NSA collection of phone records
KEN DILANIAN ― WTOP

The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken.

The Senate is expected to decide Friday what to do with the oft-debated measure.

The House has left town, having passed a bill to end NSA’s collection of domestic phone metadata, while replacing it with case-by-case searches and extending two other expiring surveillance provisions used by the FBI to pursue suspected spies and terrorists. The president and his top law enforcement officials are urging the Senate to pass the House bill, known as the USA Freedom Act. So are Democrats and Republicans in the House.

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California water cuts move to those with century-old rights
FENIT NIRAPPIL and SCOTT SMITH ― Yahoo News

California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country’s most productive agricultural state.

After telling cities and towns to slash water use by 25 percent and cutting deliveries to some farmers and others, state officials said Wednesday that they would start mandatory cuts this week to the state’s oldest rights holders, who are historically spared from water restrictions.

Regulators said the first orders Friday will affect those holding century-old water rights in the watershed of the San Joaquin River, which runs from the Sierra Nevada mountains to San Francisco Bay and is one of the main water sources for farms and communities.

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Florida takes another plunge to clean up massive tire reefs
Zachary Fagenson ― Yahoo News

Florida officials have resumed raising some of the hundreds of thousands of tires dumped off its shores decades ago during an unsuccessful attempt to create an artificial reef.

Between one and two million tires were piled in the waters around Florida in the 1970s, but coral and fish never took to them as hoped, according to Allison Schutes manager of the Trash Free Seas program at the Washington-based Ocean Conservancy. Now they are causing other problems.

“The ocean has ever-changing currents and storms, and they’re moving around and smothering and killing natural coral,” she said.

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Apprehension grows as EPA prepares to issue new rules for clean fuels
John Siciliano ― Washington Examiner

The oil and biofuel industries are both expressing fears that the Environmental Protection Agency may be getting it wrong, as the agency prepares to issue its latest attempt to redesign its flagship renewable fuels program.

The Renewable Fuel Standard is slated to be re-proposed June 1 after months of delays that both biofuels and oil industry groups complain have led to extreme uncertainty.

In the case of the biofuel industry, the delay has caused plants to close. Oil refiners say the delays interfere with their business planning form one year to the next, as they need to purchase ethanol and other renewable fuels that EPA requires them to blend.

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U.S. bird flu causing egg squeeze, emergency measures
P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot ― REUTERS

As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives.

A spokeswoman for grain giant Archer Daniels Midland Co said that, as egg supplies have tightened and prices risen, the company has received numerous inquiries from manufacturers about the plant-based egg substitutes it makes.

And with a strong dollar bolstering the buying power of U.S. importers, some companies are scouting for egg supplies abroad.

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Nine surprising facts about passports
Christine Sarkis ― USA TODAY

Did you know the U.S. government recommends you send your passport application in a special envelope? Or that losing a lot of weight may trigger the need for a renewal? Would you be surprised to find out that some people’s passports are longer than short novels? Here are nine impressive, surprising and vital facts about U.S. passports. You never know when one might apply to you.

Passports are on the rise

In 1996, the U.S. Department of State issued 5.5 million passports. In 2014, that number jumped to 14 million passports. Even when you factor in the population increase, that’s a heartening jump in the number of people eager to get out and explore the world.

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