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Tweaks To Marijuana Decriminalization Draw Debate In Maryland Legislature

State lawmakers in Maryland are learning that decriminalizing marijuana isn't as simple as passing a law ending the potential of jail time for possession.

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ACLU: 70 Percent Of People Killed By Police In Maryland From 2010-14 Were Black

Over the past four years, 109 were killed in police encounters in Maryland, and nearly three-quarters of them were African-American, according to the ACLU.

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What Does Metro Need More: A Transit Specialist Or A Financial Guru?

Maryland’s new transportation chief, Pete Rahn, is adding his voice to the growing number of public officials who say Metro should hire a "financial whiz" instead of a transit specialist as its next general manager.
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Comptroller Reacts To Maryland Lawmakers' 'Raid' Of Pension Fund: 'You Just Can't Do That'

The Maryland House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to a budget plan that restores cuts to public education. But to do that, lawmakers made a move that has one top official shaking his head in disbelief.
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4 Takeaways From Talk With Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn

One of the most-watched members of Larry Hogan's senior administration is Pete Rahn — the state's new transportation secretary. In an interview, he discusses many hot-button topics, including potentially cancelling the Purple Line and how to pay for transportation.

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Bill In Maryland Would Impose Strict Liability Standards On Drilling Companies

The Maryland Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on a bill that would impose some of the strictest liability standards in the U.S. on drilling companies in the state. Opponents call it an attempt to stop fracking, which has yet to start in Maryland.
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Before MoCo Police Get Body Cameras, Chief Says Privacy Laws Must Be Amended

Montgomery County is exploring a pilot program to put body cameras on 100 patrol officers, but the county police chief says privacy laws make current implementation complicated.

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For Spanish Bagpiper, 'Celtic Connection' Crosses Borders And Millennia

For gaita player Carlos Núñez, there's an undeniable bond between Celtic sounds and the music of his native Galicia region in Spain.

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Property Taxes Due For A Change In Montgomery, Prince George's Counties?

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants to raise property taxes to help fund schools, and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wants property taxes down — for now.
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Maryland Legislator Wants State To Have An Official Tartan

Maryland has an official state drink, state exercise, state dance, and state dessert. But unlike 30 other states, it doesn't have a state tartan. That could soon change.