Washington County agencies awarded state crime grants

Five agencies in Washington County will split more than $700,000 to help crime victims. Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that some Maryland organizations that serve crime victims will get nearly $50 million in funding from the Victims of Crime Assistance Grant Program. The program is designed to improve services, safety, and security for crime victims and their families. Funding went to sexual assault and rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs and shelters, mental health services, child abuse programs, hospitals and emergency medical facilities, criminal justice agencies and programs for underserved victims. (Herald Mail)

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Maryland Senate president Miller plans to fight prostate cancer, 'fully carry out' Senate responsibilities

An emotional Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a powerful and long-tenured figure in state government, announced Thursday he is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and vowed to continue working throughout the General Assembly session. “I fully intend to fight this disease, as so many have, and to fully carry out my Senate responsibilities,” he said in a statement he distributed as he opened the chamber’s morning floor session. Miller, a Democrat who has served as Senate president since 1987, choked back tears as he spoke briefly about his condition. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan administration seeks to expand funding for addiction treatment, overdose prevention

The Hogan administration announced Thursday that it wants to increase state spending on addiction treatment and substance abuse prevention to escalate efforts that have so far failed to reverse an ever-increasing death toll from opioid overdoses in Maryland. The administration’s budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1 earmarks $248 million for substance abuse services, a 20 percent increase, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said during an event in Baltimore. The plan also would increase capital spending to make room for more treatment beds across the state. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Cohen agrees to testify publicly before Rep. Elijah Cummings' oversight committee

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, will testify at a hearing next month convened by Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, the new chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. Cummings had pushed last year for the committee to summon Cohen to testify about his interactions with the president. The committee, then under the leadership of South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, declined to call Cohen, saying it was the job of special counsel Robert Mueller — not Congress — to investigate potential crime. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland GOP delegate's aide charged with making illegal robocall against fellow delegate on transgender issues

Maryland prosecutors said Thursday they have charged the top aide of a state delegate with making illegal robocalls about rights for transgender people against fellow Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga, who is a member of the state’s GOP leadership. State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced misdemeanor charges against Tyler Walch, who is chief of staff for Delegate Richard Impallaria, who represents Baltimore and Harford counties. Impallaria said House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch’s office fired Walch after learning of the charges. (Balt. Sun)

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Nonprofits should be ready to help feds who have no paychecks, Md. lawmaker says

One member of the Montgomery County Council is urging local social service providers to be flexible as tens of thousands of federal employees in the area go without pay during the partial government shutdown. “What I’m doing is proactively getting ahead of any adverse economic effects that are really going to ripple through the D.C. region,” said councilmember Evan Glass. Glass said he has contacted groups that work with the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, urging them to make services available to federal employees who are struggling financially. (WTOP-AP)

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Maryland, Delaware, Virginia governors to meet in Salisbury in unprecedented event

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will join Delaware Gov. John Carney and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in Salisbury on Feb. 11 for “A Conversation with the Governors of Delmarva.” The third “Conversations” event, sponsored by the Greater Salisbury Committee, will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Holloway Hall auditorium at Salisbury University. “This is unprecedented,” Mike Dunn, CEO of the GSC, said of the event, hosted in collaboration with SU. Dunn will be on stage with the governors, acting as moderator. (Salisbury Ind.)

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New fund could create infrastructure for Md.’s innovation economy

Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled plans for a Maryland Technology Infrastructure Fund at his Opportunity Zone announcement last week. But this is something TEDCO has been planning for a while as it tries to find more ways for tech startups in Maryland to gain traction. The infrastructure fund would allow Maryland to offer matching public funds for physical spaces like labs and research centers that could fuel Maryland’s startup economy. (Daily Record)

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