Hogan touts $1 billion in investments in Western Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan visited downtown Cumberland on Friday where he announced $750,000 of new investments for the region that will be centered in Frostburg. The $750,000 based in Frostburg include $350,000 for the town of Frostburg to acquire sites for economic revitalization, $100,000 for the design of a new City Hall/public safety building, and $300,000 to establish a new office of economic development at Frostburg State University. Hogan also touted investments of more than $1 billion made in Western Maryland over the last two years. After listing numerous initiatives he said, "the announcements today will help us retain 7,000 jobs and attract an additional 3,000 new jobs to this area." (Times-News)

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Hogan thinks federal government should play greater role in opioid crisis

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wants the federal government to follow up with funding in response to  President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national state of emergency to combat the country’s opioid epidemic. "The (heroin) problem is still growing" Hogan said, "and I've said over and over again, it's going to take the federal government. I wanted the president to declare a state of emergency, and I want the federal government to put more resources into it, because it's literally the number one health crisis we have in the country." (Times-News)

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Election issues: After low turnout, candidates weigh in on changing Frederick’s election cycle

With words like “abysmal” and “ridiculous” used to describe the less than 14 percent voter turnout in Frederick’s most recent primary election, it seems fitting that a change to the off-year election cycle is a discussion topic among the 2017 candidates. The city holds elections for the mayor and all five members of the Board of Aldermen every four years in odd-number years. The most recent primary, which was held Sept. 12 and included two days of early voting, returned the lowest voter turnout in recent memory. Results showed just 13.84 percent of the total number of registered Democrats and Republicans cast ballots. (News-Post)

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October 13 // Senators tour Wallops with area officials

Maryland District 38 State Senator Jim Mathias and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen toured the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility this week to get a firsthand look at the employment and national value that Wallops Island provides Maryland and its citizens. “Visiting Wallops Island underscored how crucial this facility is – not only for Maryland’s economy, but also for U.S. national security, aerospace, and meteorological research,” said Van Hollen, a member of the United States Senate Appropriations and Budget Committees. (Dispatch)

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‘She likes fancy words’: Md. GOP delegate’s mockery of Democratic gubernatorial candidate sparks a backlash

Maryland House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore County) is receiving some backlash for comments about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maya Rockeymoore Cummings that some critics have characterized as petty and divisive. Szeliga wrote on her Facebook page: "Elijah Cumming's wife running for MD gov. - she likes fancy words - 'minutiae' to let us know how smart she is - 'I have a Ph.D. in political science with an emphasis on public policy,' she said. 'I am confident on mastering any minutiae when it comes to government and policy.'" (Wash. Post)

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State looking to hire outside law firm to pursue case against FAA over airplane noise

Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General is searching for an outside law firm to sue the Federal Aviation Administration over increasing airplane noise in Montgomery County and other parts of the state. The office is seeking a firm with expertise in aviation technology and flight patterns, Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, said Thursday. (Bethesda)

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Maryland among worst in nation in investigating nursing home complaints on time, feds say

Maryland lags most of the nation in inspecting high-priority nursing home complaints — a problem past administrations have promised to fix, but that continues to vex state health officials — a federal inspector general has found. The state failed to investigate nearly 650 allegations of harm at Maryland nursing homes within a required 10-day window, meaning the state missed the federal deadline 74 percent of the time, the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported. (Balt. Sun)

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Second Russia-linked effort promoted protests during trial of Freddie Gray officers

A second web-based effort linked to Russia attempted to promote protests in Baltimore last year — this one during a hearing for a police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. CNN reported Thursday that an online campaign called “Don’t Shoot Us” — which posed as part of the Black Lives Matter movement — used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and even Pokémon Go in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans. (Balt. Sun)

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