Jack Chavez
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Jack Chavez is a journalist in the Capital News Service Annapolis bureau. He formerly contributed to The Greenbelt News Review and is a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @ChavezJM3.

February 22, 2017
Deforestation, fracking bills draw protesters before hearing

By Jack Chavez Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – Support for forest protection and opposition to hydraulic fracturing sparked two different rallies Wednesday, just before the House Environment and Transportation Committee heard testimony on three related bills. Two of the bills would ban and criminalize hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The other would require developers to […]

May 20, 2017
High-tech system blocks inmates’ cell phones in Md. prisons

Since the rise of mobile communications, inmates have found at least one way to take back a bit of the privacy they were forced to give up – by smuggling in cell phones.

March 31, 2017
Hogan signs budget, teacher retirement plans; Pugh visits

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed two bills on Friday, Baltimore mayor discusses veto of minimum wage increase, Maryland Senate urges Hogan to oppose Trump’s budget cuts.

February 10, 2017
Irish firm brings renewable energy to Md. poultry industry

RHODESDALE, Maryland – Bob Murphy’s Double Trouble Farms may be the most cutting-edge poultry operation on the Eastern Shore right now. But the significance of the farm in Rhodesdale, Maryland, is not the poultry itself. It’s the technology used to repurpose chicken manure. The Maryland Department of Agriculture and Irish agri-tech company Biomass Heating Solutions […]

February 15, 2017
Lawmakers seek to protect bee colonies from bears

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – House lawmakers and Western Maryland beekeepers are seeking protection for apiarists who use deadly force to protect their bee colonies from black bears. Currently, using deadly force against black bears in defense of livestock is legal, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources does not recognize bees as such, instead classifying them […]

March 8, 2017
Lead-paint bill would let Baltimore sue for past damages

The Maryland General Assembly is hearing testimony for bills that would determine the source of high lead levels in drinking water and hold accountable manufacturers of lead-based paint.

March 11, 2017
Maryland Terps mauled by Northwestern Wildcats in Big Ten showdown

WASHINGTON – The Big Ten tournament will continue Saturday before wrapping up Sunday, and Maryland will be watching from home, having dropped its first game after a double bye, 72-64 to the Northwestern Wildcats. Maryland was up by as much as 10 points early in the second half, but Northwestern, just as it did in […]

March 17, 2017
Oyster sanctuary bill finds support in House of Delegates

The House of Delegates voted 102-39 on Thursday in favor of a bill that would keep intact existing oyster sanctuaries on the Chesapeake Bay.

February 10, 2017
Protesters rally in front of State House to oppose fracking

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – With a state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — set to expire in eight months, Maryland legislators and activists are throwing their support behind a permanent ban. Activist group Don’t Frack Maryland on Wednesday held a rally in front of the State House in Annapolis, and attracted supporters from Maryland […]

January 25, 2017
Ravens, state to spend $144 million on stadium improvements

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 Wednesday to allow the Maryland Stadium Authority to accept $120 million from the Baltimore Ravens to upgrade several areas of M&T Bank Stadium, and granted permission for the stadium authority to commit $24 million of its own earnings for infrastructural renovations. With the improvements, however, […]