Selling opioids in this rural Maryland county could get you a murder charge

A rural Maryland county is bringing murder charges against suspected opioid drug dealers as part of an aggressive campaign to combat the epidemic, becoming the first in the state to file some of the toughest charges against distributors who they say are responsible for carnage, officials said. St. Mary’s County law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced eight second-degree murder indictments so rare that they attracted a visit from Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who traveled to Southern Maryland to support the stepped-up effort to identify and arrest drug dealers. (Wash. Post)

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Culver pushes for term limits, council pushes back

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver wants a discussion about term limits for members of the County Council as well as the executive, and Monday he said in a news release that council members had not responded to his request. But Wednesday afternoon, the council issued its own press release that said they aren’t ready for a discussion. (Daily Times)

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Trump’s comments on police set off debate on social media policies in Annapolis

When President Trump appeared to encourage police to rough suspects up during a July speech, he set off a national political firestorm. He also unknowingly sparked a fierce political debate in Annapolis. After Annapolis Police Chief Scott Baker watched Trump’s speech on Long Island, N.Y. — in which the president asked officers not to be “too nice” with suspects — Baker took to Facebook to denounce Trump’s words. (Wash. Post)

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Former Prince George’s liquor board commissioner indicted on federal bribery charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Maryland liquor board commissioner on two counts of bribery involving allegations of taking cash in exchange for favorable votes, authorities announced Wednesday. Federal law enforcement officers arrested Anuj Sud, 39, of Hyattsville earlier this year as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation into members of the Prince George’s County liquor board, liquor store owners and state legislators. (Wash. Post)

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Frazier lawsuit, potential litigation front and center at Taneytown meeting

Having recently won a lawsuit, the City of Taneytown is still under the threat of litigation. Mayor James McCarron Jr. spoke at the city’s mayor and council workshop meeting Wednesday to address the lawsuit brought by Robin Frazier, wife of Councilman Donald Frazier, and a potential lawsuit by Donald Frazier that is asking for damages of upward of $5 million. (Carr. Co. Times)

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August 9 // The first Democratic candidate for President in 2020 is already running

Most aspiring presidential candidates ponder their gnawing ambitions privately and discreetly for months, years or even decades in advance, carefully plotting each move with a close-knit group of trusted cohorts before ever admitting to their designs in public. It's a delicate but predictable ritual that is a nod to history and tradition. But it's also a mark of prudent political gamesmanship meant to mask the natural instincts of the most ambitious leaders. In light of that pattern, there's something refreshing about the audacity and sincerity of John Delaney, a third-term Democratic congressman representing a district that stretches from the District of Columbia suburbs out to rural western Maryland. (U.S. News)

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Hogan plans test dredging of sediment at Conowingo Dam

Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans Tuesday to dredge a small amount of the sediment trapped behind the Conowingo Dam, a test project to determine whether doing so on a larger scale would help improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Hogan said the state will ask companies this month to submit bids to dredge and reuse the sediment. The test project would be completed this winter, and then scientists would determine whether more dredging is worthwhile. The Republican governor could not say how much the test project would cost but said the state would pay for it. (Balt. Sun)

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2 Annapolis mayoral candidates discuss economy, leadership, Trump at debate

Two candidates for Annapolis mayor fielded questions about economic disparity, improving city departments and the Trump administration during a debate Tuesday hosted by the Caucus of African American Leaders. Democratic candidate Gavin Buckley and Republican candidate Nevin Young both attended the meeting. Mayor Mike Pantelides, a Republican, and Democratic candidate state Sen. John Astle did not attend, citing schedule conflicts. In their opening statements, Buckley and Young aligned themselves as "change" candidates who aren't seeking public office for a long-term job. (Capital)

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