Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Looking ahead to the strange and unknown in weather.
Tuesday, February 19
By Lauren Kirkwood, Capital News Service From potential heat waves to increased cases of respiratory illness and outbreaks of infectious disease, Maryland scientists are looking to predict how climate change will affect health in order to help communities across the state prepare. Looking ahead at the possible impact of global warming will give states and cities the chance to enact plans to protect those especially vulnerable to public health threats, including infants, the elderly and people with allergies or other medical conditions, scientists said. In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama noted 12 of the hottest years on record have fallen in the past 15 years, and said if Congress fails to act to prepare the nation …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
View the schedule of notable speakers on opening night at the Democratic National Convention.
The Democratic National Convention kicks off at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Charlotte, NC, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is among the notable speakers for the evening. O'Malley is scheduled to lead off the 10 p.m. time slot. Also speaking Tuesday from the Washington, DC, region is former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. Kaine, who will speak late in the 6-7 p.m. hour, is currently running for Senate. The list of notable speakers for Tuesday evening is below: The full schedule for Tuesday evening at the Democratic National Convention can be found on The Wall Street Journal. Will you watch the governor speak? Tell us in the comments.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Gov. O'Malley announced record low rates for the state despite a rise in infant deaths on the Eastern Shore.
The number of infants who die each year in Maryland has hit a record low for the second consecutive year. The rate dropped to just 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011, according to figures released by the state. That's a 16 percent drop from 2008 and more than double the national rate of decline. "In human terms that means 124 fewer funerals," Gov. Martin O'Malley said. "In policy terms this is a successful start, but we know it's only a start." The governor announced the latest numbers for Maryland from Anne Arundel Medical Center—one of the state's largest birthing facilities. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, called the hospital "a terrific partner in public health efforts," and a …
Friday, June 1, 2012
A delegate says the governor's redistricting plan cuts the county into pieces that "make absolutely no sense."
Delegate Nicholaus Kipke (R-31st District), of Pasadena, delivered thousands of signed petitions to the Maryland Secretary of State on Thursday night calling for a referendum on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s congressional redistricting plan. Kipke called the redistricted map "gerrymandered," and has gathered petitions signed by MDPetitions.com. He said there are now more than the required number of signatures to pass the first threshold on getting the congressional redistricting plan onto November ballots for voters. “The people are once again telling Governor O’Malley and his democratic allies that they are not doing right by the people,” Kipke said in the release. “The O’Malley map cuts our county into pieces that make absolutely no sense.” …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
More than 40 state agencies are ready to respond and BGE and Pepco have crews ready to address power outages.
Gov. Martin O’Malley cautioned Maryland residents to still take precautions as Hurricane Irene moved across the state Saturday, saying the worst of the storm has yet to arrive. “In layman’s terms, we’re starting to feel the first lashes of the storm,” O’Malley said. More than 36,000 residents were without power as of 5:30 p.m., mostly in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, he said. The hurricane conditions will be confined mostly to the Eastern Shore, but local areas can still expect 6 to 8 inches of rain, said Howard Silverman of the National Weather Service. The next six to eight hours are expected to bring the worst of the storm and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will be fully activated until at least Sunday …
Friday, July 22, 2011
Legislators and supporters confident governor's involvement will secure passage in 2012.
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced plans on Friday to introduce legislation supporting gay marriage in 2012.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Representatives from agriculture, science, environmental advocacy and government to study issues and report by Dec. 1.
During the next 25 years, it's expected that 26 percent of new Maryland residential developments will be relying on septic systems so Gov. Martin O’Malley created a new task force to study the issue of the use of and pollution from on-site sewage disposal systems. Members of the new group are made up of representatives from business, agriculture, science, environmental advocacy and government from throughout Maryland. The Task Force is to report its findings by Dec. 1. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the Executive Order creating the Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal follows a vigorous debate on the issue during the 2011 legislative session. “I am charging this task force with examining this …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
State officials discussed preparations for the heavy winter storm.
A tricky mix of rain, sleet and snow kept state officials guessing the best way to treat roads Wednesday, but crews will be out in force to make sure roads are clear for Thursday’s commute. “This storm has been unpredictable as in how and when it would start,” Gov. Martin J. O’Malley said during the briefing with State Highway Administration officials. Roads were slick Wednesday as rain prevented pre-treating surfaces. “[Salt] doesn’t work when you have rain like this,” O’Malley said. Salt was put down on the roads Wednesday morning, but the rain washed it away, SHA Administrator Neil Pedersen said. “The challenge,” he said, “is the timing of this [storm].” Snowplows went to work about the same time as Wednesday’s evening rush hour, when …