Wicomico sheriff's office implements body cameras

Following in the footsteps of other Maryland law enforcement agencies, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office is launching a Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program. The sheriff's office will be incorporating the best practices of other agencies throughout the state that are already using body-worn cameras into the guidelines of its program, according to a news release. (Daily Times)

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Talbot will try again on bistro bill

In a second attempt to create a new type of liquor license class, the Talbot County Council will introduce a “bill to amend chapter 11 (alcoholic beverages) to establish a class ‘I’ license for alcohol dispensary bistros” during its 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Council meetings are held in the Bradley Room of the Talbot County Courthouse. (Star-Democrat)

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Transformation of Army Reserve Center into homeless veteran shelter one step closer

Built in 1961, the Carroll County Memorial U.S. Army Reserve Center in Westminster was designed to support and house Army members, but for the past two decades has remained empty. If the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project has its way, in two years, the facility will continue to serve servicemen and women, only on the other end of their service. (Carr. Co. Times)

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November 13 // Maryland ends admission fees at state parks for military veterans

Military veterans can now visit any of Maryland’s 72 state parks for free after Gov. Larry Hogan eliminated fees in honor of Veterans Day. “We can never thank our brave servicemen and women enough for what they have done and continue to do for our citizens, our state and our nation,” Mr. Hogan said Friday, November 10. “By providing veterans this complimentary benefit, which encourages them to access and enjoy our great outdoors, we hope to express our sincere appreciation, gratitude and respect for their service.” (Wash. Times)

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Bay program survey unveils promise and challenges of citizen stewardship

The Chesapeake Bay Program has released results of a comprehensive survey measuring the stewardship actions and attitudes of bay watershed residents that shows considerable progress yet much work ahead. The resulting Citizen Stewardship Index scored 24 out of 100, based on what actions people are taking and what portion of the public is volunteering in community efforts to improve bay health and participating in civic activities supporting the environment. A perfect score of 100 would mean everyone in the six states plus Washington, D.C., is doing everything they can in their daily lives to improve bay health - taking action, volunteering and advocating for the bay. (Capital)

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Cocaine-related overdose deaths up in Maryland: victims had also used opioids

Among all the drug and alcohol overdose deaths reported recently by Maryland health officials for the first half of the year, there were 325 deaths linked to cocaine. To be sure, opioids, particularly heroin and its more powerful synthetic relative fentanyl, kill far more people. And alcohol is still a bigger killer. But cocaine, an old foe of drug treatment professionals, remains a problem despite diminished attention from the media and policymakers. The deaths mean that 27.7 percent of people who’ve died of an overdose in the state between January and June had cocaine in their system, according to the latest data available. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County charter change would give council oversight of executive branch benefits

Baltimore County officials are considering a change in the county charter that would give the County Council oversight of salaries and benefits for top executive branch employees — an issue that has been controversial for the administration of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Council members learned earlier this year that some appointed officials were eligible for severance payments upon leaving county government, even if they retired. Kamenetz eliminated the policy after it became public. The council also scaled back a program that allowed Kamenetz and a few county department heads to receive separate pensions and payouts for having served the county in multiple positions. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Homecoming aims to draw accomplished natives back home

Actor Josh Charles, artist Joyce J. Scott and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank are among several dozen prominent Baltimore leaders behind a “homecoming” project designed to give the city a boost by reconnecting accomplished natives to their hometown. The nonprofit Baltimore Homecoming Inc., being launched Monday by Baltimore natives Nate Loewentheil and JM Schapiro, aims to tap the talents and resources of Baltimore expatriates who have made a mark in their field but may have lost touch with the city. (Balt. Sun)

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