9:55 am
Wed January 14, 2015

As Hogan Plans Budget Cuts, Unions Feel Shut Out

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:07 pm

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Baltimore County
10:54 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Baltimore County Council Sniffing Around Claims of Neglect at Animal Shelter

Dogs at the Baltimore County animal shelter

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 9:52 am

When you walk into the room where the dogs are kept at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter, be prepared for a boisterous greeting.

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3:05 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Board Approves O'Malley's $410 Million Savings Plan

Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, right, at the Board of Public Works.

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:08 pm

Maryland's Board of Public Works approved a suite of spending cuts and other fiscal maneuvers Wednesday in an effort to eliminate the state’s $410 million dollar deficit for this fiscal year, which ends in June.

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3:02 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Hogan Names Former Rival David Craig To Cabinet

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:50 pm

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan named four more members to his cabinet Thursday, including a former rival, David Craig, who will be the state’s Secretary of Planning. The former Harford County executive lost to Hogan in June’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

Former Democratic state Sen. Rona Kramer, an executive at a commercial real estate firm, will take over the Department of Aging. Michael Gill will oversee the Department of Business and Economic Development. And the Department of Housing and Community Development’s new boss is Kenneth Holt, who was a Republican state delegate, founded a software company, and breeds racehorses.

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Sports At Large
11:28 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Are College Football Playoffs Fair - Enough?

Matthew Tucker played for TCU, Texas Christian University

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 11:30 am

Let’s start 2015 with a little hypothetical: Let’s imagine that you’ve been driving a clunker for years and you finally have the opportunity to upgrade. But, instead of the sports car you’ve always wanted, you get a minivan.

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11:27 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Chesapeake Bay is Getting Better, Sort Of

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 11:40 am

The water is clearer, the underwater grasses are coming back and so are the oysters, if only incrementally, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s latest report on America’s largest estuary.

Pollution is declining and the dead zones are shrinking. And that’s all to the good. But two of the bay’s iconic species—crabs and rockfish—are in trouble. And the scores for other indicators, such as wetlands, toxics and nitrogen pollution did not change.

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2:30 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Ravens Paint Towson Purple

John Lee WYPR

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 2:34 pm

The Ravens grounds crew painted the team's logo on a hill at the Baltimore County Courthouse in Towson Monday morning. It was the first event of the week leading up to the Ravens/Patriots playoff game on Saturday.  Poe, the team mascot, the Ravens' cheerleaders and a few hearty fans were on hand.

2:50 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Hogan Names 'Bay Cabinet' Among New Administration Picks

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan responds to a question at a news conference Tuesday after naming six new members of his cabinet. He is flanked by Jimmy Rhee and Brig. Gen. Linda Singh, Hogan's picks for Special Secretary of Minority Affairs and Adjutant General, respectively.

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 2:19 pm

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan named more of his cabinet picks Tuesday, including what he called his "Bay Cabinet," the three departments that play the largest roles in policy related to the Chesapeake Bay.

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Deconstructing Vacants
10:38 am
Tue December 23, 2014

The Callow Avenue Comeback

While the 2200 block of Callow Avenue starts with occupied buildings, derelict buildings dominate the rest of the block.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:17 am

The 2200 block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill has been described as the hole in the doughnut of redevelopment in that West Baltimore neighborhood.  "This is the core, development occurred all around it," said Carl Cleary, housing coordinator for the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council.

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Baltimore County
10:38 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Matter of Interest: Municipal Bond Ratings, Taxes and You.

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 10:08 am

Hockey has its hat trick. Basketball has a triple double. Baltimore County just hit a triple-triple. Howard County has too. And it means millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers.

Both counties have Triple A bond ratings from three different agencies: Standard and Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says only 38 counties nationwide have it.

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