Is Maryland ready for the Census? With just months until the count, one top lawmaker is raising alarms.

With the next national Census just a few months away, one of Maryland’s top lawmakers is raising alarms that Maryland may not be prepared to get an accurate count of its residents. The state government’s Census director left in December and the state has been slow to develop an outreach plan and dole out grants to help cities and counties get the word out, causing concern for House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s Co. lawmakers want more speed camera exceptions

There’s a long list of gruesome, deadly accidents that have occurred over the years along Church Road in Bowie, Maryland. At the top of that list is one that happened last year — when 14-year-old Kamal Nashid was struck and killed while jogging through a crosswalk. What was once a winding, country road is now much busier, as several new neighborhoods have been built. With the new development, the county rebuilt a stretch of the road just north of Route 50 to include more lanes of traffic. (WTOP)

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Long Wait Likely For Rural Broadband Service In Worcester County

While there are some opportunities ahead, a consultant advised officials this week that bringing high speed internet to rural portions of Worcester County could be a decade-long effort. Joanne Hovis, president of CTC Technology & Energy, presented the results of a six-month broadband feasibility study to the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday. “We recommend thinking of this as a long-term effort to chip away at the problem to make hopefully incremental but substantial progress over time and to think about this as a multi-year, possibly a decade-long effort, to partner with state, federal and private entities in order to comprehensively solve the problem in a long-term futureproof way,” Hovis said. (Dispatch)

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Court Records Reveal Harford County Standoff Suspect Made Past Threats To Shoot Police, Had Guns Removed

The suspect in a standoff earlier this week in Harford County appeared before a judge Thursday afternoon, and court records are revealing more about past allegations of violent threats. According to charging documents, “When asked what his intent was for shooting at the police, Mr. Murdy stated that he was trying to kill them.“ Benjamin Murdy said he obtained a private defense attorney, and a judge rescheduled his bail review for Friday. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office said Murdy fired almost 200 rounds of ammunition at police and neighbors at his home on Oak Ridge Drive in Street. (WJZ)

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Prosecution fights motion to drop murder charges against Catherine Hoggle

Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Maryland, are opposing the defense argument that murder charges should be dropped against Catherine Hoggle in the 2014 disappearance of her two young children, Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, WTOP has learned. In a motion filed in Circuit Court, Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and co-counsel Ryan Wechsler said the Jan. 10 motion to dismiss by defense lawyer David Felsen was flawed because it incorrectly calculated the starting date of a five-year deadline to put Hoggle on trial. (WTOP)

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It’s Illegal To Have Lemonade Stands In Maryland

Did you know that it is actually illegal to have a lemonade stand in the State of Maryland? That law, however, could change soon for all the young entrepreneurs out there. A bill making its way through the General Assembly would protect lemonade stands from local authorities who might want to enforce local permit laws that could shut them down. This new push coincides with a national movement led by Country Time Lemonade that is pushing to have similar bills introduced all over the country. (WJZ)

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Towson Alumna Jeanine Cummings’ Novel Makes Oprah Book Club List

A Towson University alumna got a phone call she couldn’t quite believe- from Oprah! Jeanine Cummings’ new book, American Dirt, is featured on the Oprah Book Club list. “The most surreal moment of my life,” Cummings wrote on Facebook. “I’m so grateful to the one and only Ms. Oprah Winfrey for choosing my book!”American Dirt is a novel describing the ordeal of a Mexican woman who had to leave behind her life and escape as an immigrant to U.S. with her son. (WJZ)

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Accomack will seek state funds to upgrade road into Chincoteague

Accomack County will seek state funding to expand the major road leading to Chincoteague. The county Board of Supervisors voted at its recent meeting to approve an application for major upgrades to Route 175 that connects Route 13 to Chincoteague Island. The supervisors backed a Planning Commission decision to support an application recommending two of three options proposed by a VDOT study, despite concerns that the state transportation department may pick the cheaper of the two options. (Delmarva)

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