Questions mount for Maryland’s next General Assembly session

General Assembly leaders in Maryland ended the 2020 session early and declined a special session due to pandemic and presidential election concerns. But they have yet to announce plans, particularly regarding legislative voting, as the next session draws near.

Maryland ballot drop box locations

Maryland has designated 281 ballot drop box locations for the 2020 general election. Maryland residents who have elected to vote by mail have the option to drop off their ballot at one of these locations.

Substance-abuse deaths in Maryland spike during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a spike in methamphetamine, alcohol, cocaine and opioid-related overdose deaths in Maryland in the first half of 2020, according to a state health department report.

Annapolis

Questions mount for Maryland’s next General Assembly session

General Assembly leaders in Maryland ended the 2020 session early and declined a special session due to pandemic and presidential election concerns. But they have yet to announce plans, particularly regarding legislative voting, as the next session draws near.

Substance-abuse deaths in Maryland spike during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a spike in methamphetamine, alcohol, cocaine and opioid-related overdose deaths in Maryland in the first half of 2020, according to a state health department report.

Hogan’s political future tied to Maryland’s economic recovery

Grappling with the greatest test of his term, Gov. Larry Hogan has been lauded for his leadership by experts who say his focus on facts and the future have saved lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Collegiate coaches moving forward through coronavirus concerns

Athlete eligibility and scholarship availability are two of the biggest questions college coaches are now tasked with moving forward as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States.

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Washington D.C.

Public pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – Becki Bass and her daughter Sky came to the Supreme Court on Wednesday to bid farewell to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last Friday at the age of 87. “I’ve always been a humongous Ruth fan.…

How to cast your vote in Maryland, D.C. or Virginia before — or on — Nov. 3

Capital News Service has assembled the following guide on voter registration, voting by mail, and early and Election Day voting in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. 

Smoke from western fires leaves D.C. area as winds arrive – but it may return

The smoke that hung over much of the East Coast this week may be dissipating with the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Sally, but the fires in California are still burning and the smoke may be back.

As globe warms, costs rise for Alaska military bases

The detrimental effect of global warming is pushing up the cost of ongoing operations at three of Alaska’s four major U.S. military bases: Eielson, Fort Wainwright and Clear Air Force Base.

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Maryland

Failure to pass relief package is hurting businesses

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Restaurants, such as The Board and Brew, are feeling the impact of Congress’ failure to pass another coronavirus relief package.

Legacy of slavery, segregation influences debate over removing Confederate statue in Maryland

When residents here describe their town, they describe a paradise. There’s no crime and everyone—black and white—gets along in neighborhoods just a few miles from the banks of the Eastern Shore’s Tred Avon River in Talbot County.

A decade after Great Recession, home values in some communities remain underwater

The Great Recession that fueled a mortgage and housing crisis more than a decade ago has faded from memory for most Americans. But not for millions of homeowners – mainly in rural and minority communities – who continue to struggle with depressed home values and underwater mortgages.

Maryland sees spike in poison control calls amid COVID-19 pandemic

“What we’ve seen is an increase in calls to the Maryland Poison Center about products like hand sanitizer, bleach products, detergents, etc. over the past six weeks or so,” said Bruce Anderson, executive director of the Maryland Poison Center.

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