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PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, says Maryland's Latino voters are watching wage issues this election. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

BALTIMORE - According to Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, big issues for Maryland's Latino voters this election season include school funding, affordable housing, the Dream Act and wages. Contreras says a strong minimum wage is perhaps most important right now to Latinos, and he's pleased...Read More

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PHOTO: Thousands of Marylanders are being trained through local YMCA outlets to prevent child sexual abuse through the Redwoods Group Foundation and the Stewards of Children program. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Thousands of Marylanders are being trained to prevent child sexual abuse, in conjunction with local YMCA organizations, part of a national goal to train at least five percent of the country's adult population to serve as a cushion of support for children of all ages. The Redwoods G...Read More

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PHOTO: Fire evacuation drills should be held in every home, according to a new safety campaign from the American Red Cross. Image courtesy of the American Red Cross.

BALTIMORE, Md. - Most people in Maryland know smoke detector installation and testing is important, according to a new survey, but most are likely mistaken about how much time is needed to safely evacuate a burning home. Research from the American Red Cross shows folks think they have five minutes,...Read More

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PHOTO: Randallstown High School students recently helped some non-tech-savvy Marylanders learn computer basics at an AARP Maryland event. Photo courtesy of AARP Maryland.

BALTIMORE, Md. - "If you need help with your computer, ask a kid." That may be a joke on the Internet, but the American Association of Retired Persons is taking it seriously by partnering the non-tech savvy with high school students in Maryland. At one recent event, about 80 students helped 80 sen...Read More

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PHOTO: Maryland schools in high-poverty areas are taking part in a new program that allows them to serve no-charge, nutritious breakfast and lunch to all students. Administrators report the program is running smoothly. Photo courtesy of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

SALISBURY, Md. - A new program offering breakfast and lunch in school at no charge is now in place for all public schools in Somerset County on the Eastern Shore, and in about a dozen schools in Washington County in the western portion of the state. According to the federal Community Eligibility Pr...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal in Calvert County is being challenged by community and environmental groups. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.

BALTIMORE - Reaction has been strong to federal approval of plans to build a liquefied natural gas export facility on Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the go-ahead to Dominion Resources on Monday night, and community and environmental groups on Tuesday...Read More

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PHOTO: The monarch butterfly is one of the species seen in Maryland this time of year that are listed in a new report about plants and animals experiencing dramatic population declines. Photo credit: National Park Service

BALTIMORE - Maryland is a popular stopover for monarch butterflies migrating south. Most of the state is in the middle of the Eastern Flyway for the species, and this is the time of year you're most likely to see monarchs roosting in yards and gardens. But the monarch isn't doing so well, according ...Read More

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PHOTO: Baltimore is encouraging citizens, groups and businesses to be creative with proposals to turn vacant lots into spaces that benefit neighborhoods, and the environment. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Trust

BALTIMORE - Taking an eyesore and turning it into neighborhood "eye candy." Winners are sharing nearly $300,000 in funding in the Growing Green Design Competition: Vacant Lots Transformed. Their projects will improve neighborhoods and include environmental benefits, such as reducing stormwater runo...Read More

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