Lead poisoning cases continue to decline in Maryland

The number of Maryland children poisoned by lead fell to a new low again last year, even as state officials expanded their effort to deal with a much larger pool of youngsters harboring lower levels of the harmful substance in their blood. A report released Tuesday by the Department of the Environment said 364 children statewide were found in 2012 to have dangerous levels of lead in their blood. Last year's tally of 452 had been the lowest since testing began in 1993. (Balt. Sun)

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City to expand Circulator bus line to north Baltimore

Baltimore City plans to expand the Purple Route of the free Charm City Circulator bus line to University Parkway in north Baltimore, starting in fall 2014. The north-south Purple Route currently runs between Federal Hill downtown and Penn Station. Plans now call for a 3.3-mile expansion that would bring the bus route to north of Charles Village, about a 22-minute ride from Penn Station. (Patuxent)

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Farm lobby likely to appeal Chesapeake Bay pollution diet ruling

The farm lobby that sued the Environmental Protection Agency over the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan is likely to appeal a federal court ruling that upheld the agency’s so-called “pollution diet.” The decision was handed down Sept. 13 affirming the agency has the authority to set the pollution limits. (Capital)

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Bridge Columbia advocates expand plan for Route 29 bridge

When a study published last September concluded a transit bridge connecting the Columbia villages of Town Center and Oakland Mills was too costly, proponents of the plan, called Bridge Columbia, were not deterred. While some groups may haven taken the report as a signal to scale back, Friends of Bridge Columbia did the exact opposite. (Patuxent)

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Frederick Municipal Airport gets $3.8 million grant to extend runway

Frederick Municipal Airport will receive $3.8 million to extend its runway via a grant announced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. John Delaney's office. The money will allow the airport to buy land and remove obstructions. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation via the Federal Aviation Administration, Delaney spokesman Will McDonald said Tuesday. Announcement of the extended runway comes about 16 months after the airport opened a new control tower. (News-Post)

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'Baltimore Bill' the crab predicts mild fall weather

Punxsutawney, Pa., has Phil; Baltimore has Bill. And Bill said Tuesday morning that winter will take its time in arriving this year. In a promotion for Old Bay, the iconic blend made by Sparks spice maker McCormick & Co., Bill is sent down a plank into the Inner Harbor. If he scuttles the the pier's right flank, an early winter is ahead; a path to the left indicates a warm fall. Bill, in a reversal from a year ago, headed left. (Balt. Sun)

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Tests show Md. horse did not have herpesvirus

 

Oficials at the Bowie Training Center say blood samples from a euthanized horse at the Bowie Training Center show the animal was not infected with equine herpesvirus. A hold order placed Saturday on 27 horses in Barn 16 at the training center has been lifted. Horses stabled in the barn will be allowed to train beginning Wednesday morning. (AP)

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Montgomery County tells Foulger-Pratt to proceed with transit center fixes

Montgomery County officials are pressing on with work at the Silver Spring Transit Center, even while the project’s main contractor on the job disagrees with the fixes to the transportation hub. The county is filing for permits Friday that will allow them to get started preparing the center for a latex-modified concrete overlay that is touted by the county and its ad hoc working group as the fix for the center’s concrete problems. (Gazette)

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