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Md. lawmakers look to amend state constitution to include environmental rights

Maryland lawmakers are seeking to amend the state constitution to establish that everybody has an inalienable right to a healthy environment. “I think it’s important to formally recognize environmental rights as civil rights,” the bill’s sponsor Del. Wanika B. Fisher (D-Prince George’s) said during a House Environment and Transportation Committee hearing Wednesday afternoon. “This issue is dear to my heart as my constituents face the harsh effects of environmental injustice.”

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Andy Harris rebuffs new resignation calls by Dems

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, countered calls by the Maryland Democratic Party for him to resign after he set off a House metal detector because he was carrying a gun. Harris’ office has stressed the Eastern Shore conservative has potentially carried a Maryland registered firearm for personal protection and has never carried a gun into the House chamber.

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Del. Reid Novotny sworn in to Maryland General Assembly to represent Howard and Carroll, reflects on first day

Reid Novotny was sworn in as the new delegate representing parts of Howard and Carroll counties in District 9A on Wednesday, the opening day of the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session.

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Autopsies in Maryland show much higher rate of COVID-19 than expected

Autopsies in Maryland reveal a much higher rate of COVID-19 infection that thought.

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Maryland reports 2,265 coronavirus cases, 23 COVID-19 deaths

Maryland has now seen 816 deaths in December, the highest of any month so far except for April and May, both months in which more than 1,000 people residents died in the state.

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Bowie State plans to use $25M from MacKenzie Scott for endowment, offering more scholarships and programs

Bowie State University plans to use a $25 million gift it received from MacKenzie Scott to grow its endowment, which will offer more financial help to students, enhance existing programs and create new ones, the college president said.

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As 2020 draws to a close, thousands of Maryland families are at risk of eviction

Though Maryland courts are only hearing emergency eviction cases until at least Jan. 15 due to the latest virus surge, advocates are worried about what will happen when they are once again fully operational.

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50-year-old Maryland power plant to stop burning coal in 2027

The power plant in Morgantown in Charles County is the fifth in Maryland to set an end date for coal burning this year.

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Baltimore County principals, teachers feel ‘disrespected’ by communication gaps following ransomware attack

The Teachers Association of Baltimore County and the Council of Administrative and Supervisory Employees said their members have “had enough” and demanded more information from Baltimore County school officials in the wake of the catastrophic ransomware attack.

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