Owings Mills resident places in Top 10 at Miss America pageant

Miss Maryland Christina Denny is proud of her Top 10 finish at Sunday night's Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, where she was among the finalists who participated in talent, evening gown and swimsuit categories. (Balt. Sun)

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Proposal on the table to bury power lines in Chevy Chase

The cost of burying power lines in the Town of Chevy Chase could run as high as $2.4 million per mile, according to a report discussed at a town meeting on Sept. 11. The report also recommends hiring an expert to look into the issue further. (Gazette)

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Six sworn-in to serve on troubled police review board

Six city residents were sworn-in Monday to take seats on Baltimore's police civilian review board, part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's effort to remake a panel described as irrelevant and ineffective. The civilian board, which is tasked with reviewing police misconduct complaints, has sat half-vacant for years, and the panel's recommendations are rarely followed, according to reports in The Sun. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County and Foulger-Pratt trade barbs over transit center fix

Montgomery County could withhold payment or demand money back from the contractor of the Silver Spring Transit Center because of the cost of repairing mistakes to the facility. (Gazette)

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Sept. 16 // State owes $21 million for faulty Medicaid claims, report says

A federal investigator has found that Maryland's Medicaid program had a 95 percent error rate in seeking reimbursement for room and board for the developmentally disabled and thus owes the U.S. government nearly $21 million. Advocates expressed concern that the findings could lead to budget cuts to the program and longer stays on waiting lists for vulnerable individuals and struggling families. (Balt. Sun)

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Purple Line light-rail system would bring new infrastructure to neighborhoods

A light-rail Purple Line, estimated to cost $2.15 billion, has no construction funding. Even so, the Maryland Transit Administration continues to refine its design, including an extensive rail infrastructure required to operate, maintain and house the trains. That could include 20 power substations, 14 “signal bungalows” containing train-control equipment, a nine-story “ventilation tower” in the Bethesda Row entertainment district, and a tunnel three-tenths of a mile long to be blasted beneath a Silver Spring neighborhood. The Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring would get a train storage yard, while part of Riverdale would get a maintenance facility. (Wash. Post)

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EPA can go forward with plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay

A federal judge on Friday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, derailing the farm lobby’s attempt to stop one of the largest efforts to clean a waterway in the nation’s history. (Wash. Post)

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NAACP, Anne Arundel library consider mediation of discrimination complaints

The Anne Arundel County NAACP and the county public library are considering using federal mediators to resolve complaints about discrimination against African-American employees. Jacqueline Boone-Allsup, president of the civil rights organization, said mediation by the U.S. Department of Justice could be the first step in creating a better working environment for the library system. (Capital)

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