Friday, July 27, 2012
O'Malley says session, which begins on August 9, will be about job creation and funding for schools.
UPDATED (2:57 p.m.)—Gov. Martin O'Malley Friday announced he will call the General Assembly back to Annapolis for a special session on the issues of gambling and the creation of a sixth casino. "This is an issue about jobs," O'Malley said. "This is an issue about maximizing revenues from gaming." A bill was not available at the time of the morning news conference. O'Malley said it needed tweaking and would likely be made public shortly before the beginning of the special session. O'Malley, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller all said the bill would create about 2,500 jobs from the legalization of table games and generate $100 million for schools. Sen. E.J. Pipkin Friday afternoon blasted O'Malley for …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
State sought delay in implementing ruling that declared Maryland's "good and substantial reason" requirement for a gun permit was unconstitutional.
UPDATED (4:16 p.m.)—A U.S. District Court judge has lifted a stay on a federal court ruling that declared Maryland's permitting process to wear and carry a gun unconstitutional. The order, issued by Judge Benson Everett Legg, lifts a stay sought by the state as it appeals the decision made last year. Legg's ruling, which goes into effect in 14 days, lifts the stay sought by the state after a federal court ruled that the law requiring those seeking a permit to carry a gun must have "a good or substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as a finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger." David Paulson, a spokesman for Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, said the ruling "is…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A fourth Marylander died from heat and a contractor was killed taking down limbs from a damaged tree, bringing the toll to eight, as Gov. Martin O’Malley stresses that it is still a dangerous situation for elderly citizens.
UPDATED 3:50 p.m. Tuesday: Maryland officials reported a fourth heat-related death and the death of contractor who was removing tree limbs, bringing Maryland’s total to eight deaths due to Friday’s storm, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Joshua Sharfstein reported. The contractor died Monday in Garrett County while taking down limbs from a storm-damaged tree near Oakland, according to Ed McDonough, spokesman for the Maryland Emegency Management Agency (MEMA). More heat-related deaths are expected as crews restore power to the state, Sharfstein said. Gov. Martin O’Malley said the situation for senior citizens still without electricity and, therefore, air conditioning, is dire. “We are still in a very …
Fast-action video shows path of rare weather phenomenon whose after effects enter a fourth day Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
If you were in Maryland last Friday, you've experienced the force of a "straight-line storm," or derecho, from the ground. Wonder what the brief but punishing specter looked like from above? Check out this 23-second video of the satellite view of the storm making a beeline for the Mid-Atlantic.
Monday, July 2, 2012
The state’s death count has risen to six as more than 400,000 Marylanders are still without power.
Six Marylanders have died as a result of Friday night’s storm, Gov. Martin O’Malley said during a news conference Monday. More than 400,000 Marylanders were still without power as of 3:30 p.m. Monday as the state approached approximately 60 percent restoration, O’Malley said. Three of the six deaths from the storm were heat-related, and two of those three were senior citizens. Those deaths were in Baltimore City, Wicomico and Montgomery counties, according to Fran Phillips, deputy secretary of public health service for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In the case of the other three deaths, an Anne Arundel County resident died after a tree fell on his SUV, a Montgomery County resident died after a tree fell on their …
The governor calls on residents to offer help to each other in the aftermath of the storm.
Monday, July 2, 2012
In a video message, Gov. Martin O'Malley encourages Marylanders to look out for one another and asks people with power and air conditioning to open up their homes to friends and family suffering in the heat.