Pugh: Residents should be confident in police department despite corruption charges

Despite fresh allegations of corruption against former members of the city police department, Mayor Catherine Pugh says Baltimore residents should still have confidence in local law enforcement. Pugh, speaking at her weekly press conference, was responding to questions of whether residents should be confident in police officers as more serious allegations of corruption continue to surface during the trial of former members of the now-disbanded Gun Trace Task Force. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Lower Shore gets state funding to improve wastewater systems

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $316 million in grants and loans on Wednesday to reduce pollution, improve water quality and save energy and money, according to a news release from Maryland Department of the Environment. On the Lower Shore, $1 million in grant funds will go to Pocomoke City to reduce energy usage at the Clark Avenue Pump Station, including by upgrading pumps. (Daily Times)

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Gas pipeline gets W.Va. permit; foes plan mansion march in Annapolis

Mountaineer Gas Co. has received a permit to build a new natural-gas pipeline in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. Meanwhile, pipeline foes have scheduled a march on the governor's mansion in Annapolis next week to oppose the Maryland section of the project. Both announcements were made Wednesday.  "It's now more important than ever for Maryland to stop this," Brooke Harper of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network said. (Herald-Mail)

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Lawmakers to file local bills for school board, Washington County government

Washington County's state lawmakers agreed Wednesday to move forward with four pieces of legislation requested by Washington County Public Schools and two sought by the county government. With some minor changes, the legislators agreed during a delegation meeting to file bills to amend the Fairness in Negotiations Act to shift the cost of mediation to the state and to align Washington County's contract negotiations with yearly budget timelines. (Herald-Mail)

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Carroll sees spike in overdose deaths in January

Carroll County started 2018 on morbid footing, with 10 people dying due to drug or alcohol overdoses in the month of January. That’s according to a new report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office released Wednesday, and it marks the highest number of such deaths recorded since the office began tracking those statistics in 2012, according to the office’s crime analyst Christine Garvin. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Opioid fatalities drop in Lower Shore counties

Though statewide drug- and alcohol-related deaths continue to rise in Maryland, newly released data show they're down on the Lower Shore. Overdose data for the first nine months of 2017 show drug and alcohol intoxication deaths decreased 20 percent in Somerset County, 42 percent in Worcester County and 32 percent in Wicomico County, according to a Maryland Department of Health news release. (Daily Times)

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Less funding for youth-led organizations limits social change, Baltimore's Open Society Institute says

Baltimore’s philanthropic community should find ways to support organizations run by people younger than 30, the Open Society Institute’s local office said Wednesday. Less than 1 percent of foundation grants made to Baltimore-area organizations between 2012 and 2016 went to the organizations controlled by young adults that are helping to confront police violence, disparities in education, economic injustice and other social ills, the nonprofit said in a report. (Balt. Sun)

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Schuh tries to reassure Crownsville residents on Bayhawks proposal

Crownsville residents can expect to find a letter directly from County Executive Steve Schuh addressing “various concerns” about the potential development of the Crownsville Hospital Center and Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. In the letter, the executive clarifies the county position about the proposal as an outside entity with no direct authority over the land. (Capital)

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