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Fresh water is 32 percent saltier than years past

America’s fresh water is getting saltier, and has been over the last 50 years.

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Dominique Maria Bonessi

  

America’s fresh water is getting saltier, and has been over the last 50 years. That’s according to new research from the University of Maryland.

You’ve seen those big trucks driving around dumping salt on the roads. University of Maryland scientists say that is just one of the reasons that in the continental U.S. freshwater has become 32 percent more salty, and 90 percent more acidic.

Rachel Baye

Two bills Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed last year are set to become law in 30 days after the state Senate voted Friday to override the vetoes. One bill requires businesses with 15 or more employees to give them paid sick leave, and the other eliminates questions about criminal history from college applications.

Baltimore County

  

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is dismissing Governor Hogan's call for an independent investigator general to root out corruption and mismanagement in Maryland schools.

 

Rachel Baye

After more than five years of debate in the General Assembly, a bill requiring Maryland businesses to offer paid leave to their employees is one vote away from becoming law after the House of Delegates voted Thursday to override the governor’s veto on the bill.

The bill applies to businesses with at least 15 employees.

On the floor during Thursday’s debate, several Republican women said the bill forces domestic violence victims to reveal private information when they take a day off.

But several Democrats said that’s an inaccurate interpretation of the legislation.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Two days after Governor Larry Hogan promised $2.5 million for repairs to Baltimore City schools’ troubled heating systems, he met with Mayor Catherine Pugh to talk about the schools and other issues.

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Incumbent Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen (D) will face off against Mike Pantelides (R) in the November general election. Harford County Executive David Craig calls for a repeal of environmental laws. Plus: the Howard County Executive race, Perry’s trip to MD, and more.

Today we continue our series The Checkup: How Health Care Is Changing In Maryland. We meet a retiree from Baltimore County, who’s looking for a good deal in health coverage and Karen Pollitz from the Kaiser Family Foundation, who guides us through the soon-to-open online marketplaces for health insurance.

Machines that pay cash in exchange for cell phones are now illegal in Baltimore City. Daryl Jones is returned to the Anne Arundel County Council. Controversial efforts to reduce background check backlog called legal, ads about MD’s new gun law unveiled, and more.

(We're constantly updating the top of this post and adding to it below as well.)

The nation's capital went on high alert Monday after a shooting attack at the city's U.S. Navy Yard left at least 12 victims and one gunman dead and injured 8 others.

What the diplomatic breakthrough on Syria means for Maryland's Congressional delegation… and at budget negotiations in Congress. Plus: the Grand Prix of Baltimore will not be held in 2014 of 2015, Brown becomes the first official 2014 gubernatorial candidate, and more.

20 law enforcement officers from around the state are tasked with clearing a backlog of gun purchase background checks. Commissioners are appointed for MD’s medical marijuana program. Plus: a go-date for Gansler’s gubernatorial bid, the push to raise the minimum wage, and more.

Governor Martin O'Malley is pledging to end the huge backlog of background checks for Maryland gun buyers. O’Malley will soon fill two vacant State Senate seats. A proposal to impose earlier curfews on Baltimore teens draws criticism. Plus: Harbor Point, West Nile Virus, and more.

President Obama asks Congress to postpone a vote on strikes in Syria; Rep. Andy Harris says he’d vote no; Rep. Chris Van Hollen proposes resolution to keep the pressure on. Plus: McClement, Young win Frederick mayoral primary, flags at half-staff to remember 9-11, and more.

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marfis75 / Flickr / Creative Commons

Maryland’s health insurance exchange goes online in three weeks. How much do you know about your new options for health coverage? We ask Kathleen Westcoat from the nonprofit HealthCare Access Maryland who will help the public navigate the online marketplace.

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