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MarylandReporter.com: State Roundup Jan. 28, 2010

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The Baltimore Sun's Paul West kept an eye on what you didn't see on TV from the Maryland delegation during the State of the Union address. He also reports on how President Barack Obama will meet with House Republicans tonight in Baltimore. The Washington Post blog has more local reaction to the president's speech.

Same-sex marriage advocates don't anticipate any big victories in the General Assembly this year, reports Annie Linskey with the Sun.

State lawmakers hope to get tougher on sex offenders with a variety of bills strengthening regulations, writes Liam Farrell in The (Annapolis) Capital. Julie Bykowicz with the Sun blogs about the release of details to activate the dormant Sexual Offender Advisory Board.

Shantee Woodards in the Capital writes on the renewed push for medical marijuana. The Sun's Linskey has a blog post on Senate President Mike Miller's optimism for medical marijuana.

The president of a planning firm that consults with local governments statewide plans to challenge Republican Sen. Richard Colburn. Greg Latshaw with The (Salisbury) Daily Times has details on challenger Christopher Jakubiak.

In the first court hearing since the Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance regulations, an appellate court seemed skeptical of rules to limit money in politics, writes The Associated Press.

WYPR's Tom LoBianco has an audio report on how former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry is eyeing a possible gubernatorial bid.

The funeral for former U.S. Sen. Charles "Mac" Mathias Jr. is slated for next Tuesday, reports The Frederick News-Post.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced a bill in Congress that would provide loans to small businesses using $20 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, reports Heather Harlan Warnack with Baltimore Business Journal.

The Daily Times editorializes about two bills proposing license plate changes, one to be proud of and another that could bring about shame.

A tobacco company will be paying the state $150,000 in a settlement over its "Camel Farm" cigarette marketing campaign, writes Baltimore Business Journal's Heather Harlan Warnack.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is testing hybrid electric vehicle charging. The company is anticipating the cars hitting Baltimore streets later this year, writes Scott Dance with Baltimore Business Journal.

Baltimore's incoming mayor, City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, says a council bill would curb her ability to "move the city forward," reports Robbie Whelan with The Daily Record. WBAL-TV reports Rawlings-Blake said she'll put an end to some of the perks current Mayor Shelia Dixon refused to give up.

A Maryland wind-farm developer will not build 24 turbines and will abandon 31 proposed wind farm sites in West Virginia to settle a bat protection lawsuit, reports The Associated Press.

The University of Maryland is shelling out close to $12 million to buy The Washington Post's production plant in College Park, writes Scott Graham with The Daily Record.

Sand will be sprayed on sections of eroded Ocean City beach dunes in the next two months, even before this year's beach replenishment project, writes Jenny Hopkinson with the Daily Times.


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