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Maryland officials announce $120M for K-12 behavioral health services

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials are highlighting the availability of $120 million in grants for mental health services to help K-12 students over the next year and a half. Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, described the funding at a news conference on Tuesday as a historic investment that is critical to the state's 900,000 school children at a time when kids are facing the stresses of the […]

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Maryland apologizes to man wrongly convicted of murder, agrees to $340K payment for years in prison

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The State of Maryland will pay more than $340,000 to compensate a man who spent five years in prison after being wrongly convicted of murder and assault. Maryland Gov. Wes Moore apologized to Demetrius Smith Wednesday at a meeting of the state board that approved the settlement. Smith was released in 2013 after spending five years behind bars for a murder and an assault he did […]

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Maryland’s schools superintendent withdraws his request to extend his contract

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's superintendent of schools is withdrawing his request for a second term "to pursue other opportunities." Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury and the state school board made the announcement Friday in a joint statement. Choudhury's contract expires in June 2024, and he had faced mounting scrutiny over his management style. The board says it intends to present plans for transition and a national search by its upcoming Sept. […]

today09/18/2023 4


Maryland’s highest court ending ban on broadcasting audio recordings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A ban on broadcasting court audio recordings in Maryland will end Jan. 1, after the state's highest court approved new rules regarding the release of court recordings. The Maryland Supreme Court approved the change during a meeting Tuesday. The Daily Record reports that starting next year, the public will be able to obtain copies of audio recordings and disseminate or broadcast them, though the recordings will […]

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Convicted of embezzlement, former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is running again

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is again running for office after her previous mayoral tenure ended in a criminal conviction. She announced her candidacy Thursday in an op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun. Dixon resigned from office in 2010 after a jury convicted her of embezzling donated gift cards that were intended to be distributed to poor Baltimoreans. This marks her third bid for mayor following two […]

today09/07/2023 7


Blood on Board: Equipping Maryland’s Air Medical Response With Whole Blood To Save Lives

This week, the Maryland Department of State Police (MDSP), Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) announced a new public-private collaboration for lifesaving trauma response for Marylanders. Whole blood is used for emergency transfusions when minutes are critical, and is now available on board MSP’s fleet of “Trooper” helicopters used in prehospital air medical response for critically injured patients. Whole blood, which […]

today08/24/2023 6


Stop For School Buses: What Are The Laws In Maryland?

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Maryland State Police and the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) remind motorists to stop for school buses as students return to class next week. Drivers must stop at least 20 feet from a school bus with the stop arm extended and the red lights flashing. Do not pass the bus from any direction until the stop signals are off and the bus is moving again. Motorists in Maryland […]

today08/24/2023 4


Maryland reports locally acquired malaria case for first time in more than 40 years

BALTIMORE (AP) — The State of Maryland has confirmed a case of locally acquired malaria in the state for the first time in more than 40 years. The health department said Friday that the individual, who was hospitalized and is now recovering, did not travel outside of the United States or to other U.S. states with recent malaria cases. Maryland Department of Health Secretary Laura Herrera Scott says the department […]

today08/21/2023 9


Updated criteria for new FBI headquarters announced, boosting Maryland locations

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The General Services Administration has announced changes in criteria for choosing a location for a new FBI headquarters. It has boosted two potential places in Maryland. The state has been competing with Virginia for the bureau’s new home. The new criteria announced Friday gives more weight to cost and social equity concerns than proximity to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Three sites are under consideration, […]

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