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8:57 am
Wed August 27, 2014

MD’s Health Exchange, Campaign Finance Reports, Baltimore’s Casino, & Red Line Financing

Rep. Andy Harris (R).
Credit Andy Harris taken at CPAC 2013 by Gage Skidmore via flickr

1st District Congressman Andy Harris says the federal government has issued subpoenas as part of its investigation into Maryland's troubled health exchange. GOP gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan is leading Democratic nominee Anthony Brown in the money race – for now, at least. Baltimore’s casino opens. Financing plans for the Red Line more forward. Plus: medical marijuana regs, judicial appointments, scrutiny over a planned Somerset County wind farm, restrictions on smoking at Ocean City’s beaches. And much more.

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9:17 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Labor Day Travel, The Chesapeake’s “Dead Zone,” and Baltimore’s Casino Preps To Open

Charles LeBoy, assistant director for gaming for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Maryland’s roads are expected to be crowded over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. A look at travel projections from AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland Transportation Authority… plus the latest on the Chesapeake Bay’s expanding “dead zone,” prep for tonight’s grand opening of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, and a look at a report on last year’s Rosedale train derailment. Also: O’Malley’s PAC sends workers to Iowa and New Hampshire, Vice President Biden fundraises for Anthony Brown, rates are expected to rise at two Baltimore parking garages, and more.

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WYPR News
4:49 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Big Conferences Get More Autonomy; College Sports Become More Darwinian

University of Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson.

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 3:27 pm

Even if Marie Antoinette never actually said “Let them eat cake," the attitude of obliviousness towards the needs of the less fortunate certainly exists.

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9:25 am
Mon August 25, 2014

MD Schools Open Doors To Immigrant Students, Governor’s Race Ads, & Cameras On Cops

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Among the students attending class in Maryland this year will be thousands of the immigrant children from Central America who’ve crossed the US/Mexico border in recent months. The top gubernatorial candidates take their messages to the TV airwaves. Montgomery County’s police chief calls for cops to be outfitted with cameras. Plus: the politics of retirement, sewage spills, the National Park Service turns 98, and more.

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Baltimore Casino
9:52 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Last Roll Before Opening

Charles LeBoy, assistant director for gaming for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, shares what regulators look for while inspecting a mechanical slot machine. Behind the video overlay are the machines mechanical reels.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 7:55 am

More than 2,000 invited guests took a chance on games at the new Horseshoe Casino Baltimore this week, ahead of the official opening scheduled for Tuesday.  It’s called a “controlled demonstration” to make sure everything is in order.

The demonstration is the last hurdle Caesar’s Entertainment – the Horseshoe’s owner – must clear before regulators award an operating license. If inspectors are satisfied, Caesar’s gets its license.

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9:10 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Fracking, The Bank Of America Settlement, Baltimore’s Casino, Speed Cameras, & The MD State Fair

Credit Bank of America 32 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD taken by Elliot Plack via flickr

We examine the UMD report on hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) and look at why it’s important for the governor’s race. We examine the preparation for the soon-to-open Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Plus: MD’s share of the Bank of America settlement, Baltimore speed cameras, the Maryland State Fair opens, and more.

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WYPR News
4:34 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Baltimore Students Can Now Follow The Neon Footprint

Footprints painted on sidewalks along streets leading to Arlington Elementary/Middle School alert students of safe routes they can walk or bike to school.
Gwendolyn Glenn WYPR

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 5:22 pm

City officials announced Wednesday that streets near some schools will be designated as "safe routes" for students to walk or bike to school.

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9:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cameras On Cops, Baltimore Hiring Practices, Bay Algae Blooms, & Stopping For School Buses

Credit Algae Bloom in the Chesapeake Bay taken by painaporo via flickr

Baltimore is considering requiring cameras to be strapped to its police officers. The city has reached a settlement with the US Justice Department over its hiring practices. Last week’s rains are leading to major algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. A study shows that more drivers are failing to stop for school buses in Maryland. And more.

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WYPR News
10:16 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Feds Declare Winner In Auction For Maryland Offshore Wind Leases

England's Thanet Wind Farm.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:25 pm

Energy company US Wind Inc, a subsidiary of the Italian company Renexia, won Tuesday's auction to develop wind farms on federal waters ten nautical miles off the coast of Ocean City.

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8:25 am
Wed August 20, 2014

MD’s Health Insurance Exchange, Exelon’s Push To Expand Its Holdings, & Offshore Wind Leases

Governor Martin O'Malley.
Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

While state officials say Maryland’s new health insurance exchange website will be ready to go by the next open enrollment period in November… they also say that the nearly 79-thousand Marylanders who bought private coverage through the old system will have to sign up for insurance again. Exelon files an application with Maryland’s Public Service Commission in its push to acquire more regional utilities, including Delmarva Power and Pepco. Another step was taken yesterday to bring an offshore wind industry to our state; the federal government awarded leases for 80-thousand acres of land off the coast of Ocean City to a subsidiary of an Italian renewable energy company. And more…

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