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During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - MD: Budget Policy & Priorities

Pollution from the Chesapeake Bay watershed reaches Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- An almost $1.5 trillion spending plan the Senate is set to vote on Thursday includes a dramatic 16% budget increase for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, according to Jason Rano, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's federal executive director. If the bill passes, Rano says the Environme

A son of sharecroppers, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., fought hard for his hometown of Baltimore, even while investigating President Donald Trump. (Flickr)

BALTIMORE – As the nation grieves the sudden passing of Maryland's Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, activists in his Baltimore district remember him for his passionate support for local issues. In a city with high poverty and transportation troubles, Cummings had been a tireless advoc

According to a new poll, 50% of Maryland educators held a second job to make ends meet last year  up nine points from the year before. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – As children go back to school Tuesday, almost all Maryland teachers say they pay for some school supplies out of their own pockets – and about half work a second job to have the money to do so. Those statistics are from a new poll of 800 Maryland State Education Associ

Maryland's Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of 18 national park sites in the state that is in dire need of maintenance. (National Park Service)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Among registered voters, 82% say they want Congress to pass laws to fund a backlog of repairs for national parks and monuments, according to a new poll from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Park Service needs almost $12 billion worth of deferred maintenance across more than 40

The Trump administration's restrictions on abortion announced last week will impact low-income, uninsured individuals who use family planning services funded through Title X. (Adobe stock)

BALTIMORE – Planned Parenthood's decision to withdraw from a federal health funding program this week will not disrupt services for Marylanders who use the organization for family planning and health care. The reproductive health group left the program on Monday after the Trump administratio

Maryland's decision to loosen restrictions on some gun permits runs counter to some of the state's other firearms laws. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland State Police announced this week that the state has lifted restrictions on concealed carry gun permits for business owners. The restriction had limited business owners to carrying handguns only when on the job, or traveling to or from work. With the policy change,

The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Md., was defaced with racist graffiti in 2016, one of many hate-crime incidents that led the state to offer grants to help houses of worship increase security. (Episcopal Church of Our Saviour)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — With the incidence of hate crimes rising in Maryland and around the country, a state grant program is now accepting applications from religious congregations that want to boost security. Gov. Larry Hogan announced the Protecting Religious Institutions Grant program as part o

Bills in the Maryland General Assembly would require the Public Service Commission to allow a utility to apply for an alternative rate plan at the same time it applies for new base rates. (pasja1000/Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland's attorney general and Public Service Commission are voicing concerns over a bill that would give the utility companies more power to increase their own rates. Now, if a utility wants to raise gas or electric rates, it has to plead its case before the Maryland Publi

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