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Potential Delay Looms Over Start Of Purple Line Construction

Maryland's governor wants to give private companies a five-month extension on Purple Line bids in hopes that they can lower the costs, but supporters of the project say that push back the timeline and potentially compromise federal funds.

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Purple Line Delay Has Supporters Worried That Light Rail Line Won't Get Built

Construction of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is supposed to start by the end of the year, but another delay has supporters questioning the light rail system's future in Maryland.
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The Next Health Danger Targeted In Maryland: Sales Receipts?

A Montgomery County lawmaker is pushing a bill that would ban the use of sales receipts coated with the industrial chemical BPA, associated with negative health effects on unborn and infant children.

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In Maryland, A Move To Change Who Approves Parole For Prisoners Serving Life Sentences

Maryland is one of just a few states where the governor must still approve parole for those who are serving life sentences. Supporters of changing that are pushing a bill during this year's General Assembly that would give that power to a commission.
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Maryland Senate Approves Bill To Raise Speed Limit On Some Roads

Some roads in Maryland may soon have speed limits of 70 miles per hour.
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Maryland Environmentalists Want To Get Serious About Rising Sea Levels

Mike Tidwell, the head of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, calls rising sea levels "a huge problem" for Maryland.
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The Isolation Of Homelessness For Latino Day Laborers In The D.C. Area

Latino day laborers, many of them illegal immigrants, are among the least visible homeless residents in the D.C. region.

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Maryland Legislator Wants To Expand Access To Protective Orders

Under current law, people in dating relationships don't qualify for protective orders. Prince George's County Rep. Victor Ramirez is sponsoring a bill that would change that.
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Education Could Prove To Be Flashpoint Between Hogan And Maryland Democrats

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrats in the General Assembly are already feuding over funding cuts to public schools, and it looks like both sides will be battling over expanding charter schools in the state too.
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Maryland Lawmakers Explore The Idea Of Having Graduates 'Pay It Forward'

A Montgomery County lawmaker wants to explore the idea of giving students at state universities free or reduced tuition that they can then pay back with a portion of their future earnings.