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Maryland Del. Ron George Plans To Run For Governor

Maryland Del. Ron Orange is planning to announce his run governor in Annapolis early June.
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Maryland Del. Ron Orange is planning to announce his run governor in Annapolis early June.

Maryland Republican Del. Ron George says he plans to run for governor. George says he'll formally announce his bid on June 5 in Annapolis.

George is currently serving his second term in the Maryland House of Delegates.

The 59-year-old small-business owner began his first term in 2007, and says he wants to build a better Maryland with true economic growth, according to the Associated Press. The jewelry storeowner says Maryland relies too much on federal money. He says the state needs to increase its tax base, and that Maryland can't just continue raising taxes.

George says he wants to emphasize economic development in the state, particularly in Baltimore. He also says he wants to focus on being economically competitive with neighboring Virginia.


Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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