Hagerstown will not charge property owners stormwater fee

The city of Hagerstown will not charge its property owners a stormwater fee to help cover the estimated $210 million cost of complying with the state’s plan to reduce nutrient and sediment discharges to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, but how to fund the mammoth mandate remains a mystery. (Herald-Mail)

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Maryland hospitals spent $1.4B on community benefit programs in '12

Maryland hospitals spent a total of $1.4 billion on community benefit programs and services in fiscal 2012, up from $1.2 billion the year before, according to the state. Of the $1.4 billion hospitals spent on community benefit programs, 47 percent of the money was factored into the rates hospitals get paid, which essentially means the costs were passed through to insurers and patients. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Talks on land for new Prince George's hospital focus on two sites

Prince George's County officials trying to secure land for a $650 million hospital are focusing two locations: the old Landover Mall site and a plot at Largo Town Center. Initial exchanges of offers with landowners and a tally of needed infrastructure improvements made those two sites the best choices, county officials said. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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New Easton regional hospital delayed

Shore Health System officials announced Tuesday plans to build a new Shore Regional Medical Center in Easton have been put on hold indefinitely. The move comes after weeks of public speculation about the center's fate following Shore's recent budget cuts to staff and services at their Mid-Shore locations, including Dorchester General Hospital and Memorial Hospital at Easton. (Star-Democrat)

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Frederick ranks No. 1 among safe communities in U.S.

Frederick continues to move up on a list of safe places to live, according to Farmers Insurance Group. The Frederick-Gaithersburg-Bethesda area moved from fifth to first place on the list of secure places to live among metropolitan areas with a population of 500,000 or more, according to the insurance rating. (News-Post)

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Bill to protect county’s trees heads for council approval

Members of a county committee working on a tree canopy conservation bill are hoping the fifth time is the charm in crafting a bill that both protects the environment and homeowners’ rights. Montgomery County is one step closer to passing the tree canopy conservation bill after a county committee OK’d a revised version. (Gazette)

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Police settle suit claiming racially motivated stop 

The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a $55,000 settlement with a Philadelphia man who claimed state troopers stopped him three times in two months because he is black and then pursued trumped-up charges that cost him 20 days in jail after he filed a Public Information Act request for details of the traffic stops. (Daily Record)

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Running Dirty in Frederick 

Despite reports of injuries and even a recent fatality at an out-of-state “Tough Mudder” competition, a Howard County firm is betting that mud runs and obstacle races will continue to grow in popularity among those who want a serious challenge. (Daily Record)

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