Gansler to hold forum on re-entry for ex-offenders

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is scheduled to hold a forum on challenges to re-entry for ex-offenders. Ganslers is holding the forum on Monday in Baltimore. The discussion will include experts on recidivism and re-entry, as well as small business owners and entrepreneurs who will discuss work training and tax-credit initiatives. (WTOP)

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Annapolis mayor gets a Democratic challenger

A few months ago, it looked as though Mayor Josh Cohen would be a shoo-in for his party’s nomination. Now the one-term chief of Annapolis will have to duke it out with another Democrat before the November general election. (Capital)

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Mussog named Anne Arundel controller

Julie Mussog has been named Anne Arundel County controller, about four months after she was hired as the county's special assistant for community affairs. Mussog, a certified public accountant from Annapolis, will oversee the county’s Office of Finance and its staff of more than 70 workers. County Executive Laura Neuman hired her as a special assistant in April. (Capital)

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Neuman eyes health care savings while seeking new health officer

The person County Executive Laura Neuman chooses as the county’s next health officer will play a critical role in moving health care costs to the federal government. The pool of candidates is down to seven, four of them physicians. (Capital)

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Carroll Commissioners to receive update on fiber network

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners will get an update on the construction of the county's fiber-based network Thursday. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Pipkin's resignation

First, I want to thank the citizens of the Upper Shore and the state of Maryland for giving me the honor of representing them in the Maryland Senate. My 11 years in the General Assembly have been a time of challenge as a Republican, a time of accomplishment as a state senator and a time when I have learned much about people and what can be achieved when people are determined. (Capital)

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August 2 // Maryland’s Heather Mizeur wants to be first openly gay candidate elected governor in U.S.

A year and a half from now, Heather R. Mizeur will either be the first female governor of Maryland and the first openly gay candidate elected governor in the nation. Or she’ll be growing organic herbs on the Eastern Shore. Or working on a novel. Or maybe both. (Wash. Post)

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Guns released to buyers with criminal histories

Maryland gun dealers released more than two dozen firearms to people barred from owning guns because of their criminal records — a consequence of the state's inability to keep up with background checks, officials said Thursday. The state police expect more guns to get into the wrong hands if dealers refuse to wait for what has become a nearly 100-day delay in completing the checks, which are intended to be done before individuals buy handguns and assault rifles. Under state law, dealers can release the guns after waiting seven days. (Balt. Sun)

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