Paul Ryan touts GOP tax plan during Maryland factory visit

Easing taxes on manufacturers and other businesses is critical to helping America remain competitive in an increasingly global economy, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday during a visit to a century-old manufacturing business on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Small businesses like Dixon Valve & Coupling are key to America's economic growth but are taxed at significantly higher rates than competitors overseas, particularly in China, the Wisconsin Republican said during his latest stop on a tour to promote the GOP's tax reform plan. (AP)

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Schrader, other Maryland health officials appeal contempt finding

Acting Health Secretary Dennis R. Schrader and five other department officials will appeal a Baltimore judge’s decision to hold them in civil contempt of court over the state’s failure to provide enough psychiatric hospital beds for committed defendants. Christine Tobar, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, said Friday the decision was made this week but the appeal has not yet been filed with the Court of Special Appeals. (Balt. Sun)

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Should Baltimore replace smashed Columbus monument? Councilman conducts survey

A Baltimore city councilman is conducting a survey of residents who live near a vandalized Christopher Columbus monument — believed to be the oldest in America — with the hope of replacing it to represent “current-day values.” Councilman Ryan Dorsey says the 225-year-old monument to Columbus in Herring Run Park should be replaced, but not with another statue honoring the Italian explorer. (Balt. Sun)

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3 charged in Maryland IT contract bribery plead not guilty

Three people charged in a bribery case involving millions of dollars of state IT contracts under Gov. Martin O'Malley pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday. The case involves an alleged scheme by Isabel FitzGerald, a senior official in O’Malley’s administration credited with fixing the state’s Obamacare exchange, to personally profit from state IT deals. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police name suspect in killing of state lawmaker's grandson

Baltimore police on Friday named a 19-year-old suspect in the killing last month of Tyrone Ray, the 22-year-old grandson of Maryland House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch. They asked for the public’s help in locating him. Police said Raekwon Thornton, of the 3600 block of Elmley Ave. in Belair-Edison in Northeast Baltimore, is wanted in the midday fatal shooting of Ray in the 4200 block of Nicholas Ave., also in Belair-Edison, over Labor Day Weekend. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel offers voluntary mediation for employment complaints without unions, EEOC

Anne Arundel County has unveiled a conflict resolution plan to resolve some discrimination complaints before they result in litigation or investigations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Equal Employment Opportunity compliant mediation is a volunteer option that will be offered on a case-by-case basis with both sides having to agree to it, said Alanna Dennis, county compliance officer. Choosing mediation does not limit a person from pursuing other resolution solutions, she said. (Capital)

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Pantelides nominates Corey Johnson for Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis board

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides on Friday nominated Corey Johnson to fill a vacancy on the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis Board of Commissioners. Johnson, of Annapolis, is the current lead security officer for the town of Highland Beach. Johnson also oversees the security team at The Westin Georgetown in Washington, D.C.n maintaining a close working relationship with law enforcement and emergency agencies and the hiring, firing and training of the security team. (Capital)

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Washington County spokesman to leave government job

James F. Jenkins, public relations and community affairs manager for Washington County government, is leaving his position. Jenkins said Friday morning that he is taking a job as director of the annual fund at Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy. He said the move to the private school has been in the works for about four months. His last day with the county will be Oct. 20. (Herald-Mail)

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