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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing an agreement with Exelon on the Conowingo Dam that requires the company to invest more than $200 million in environmental projects.

Hogan said Tuesday the money in the proposed settlement will be used to improve water quality in the Lower Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.

The administration says elements of the agreement will be submitted for approval to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as part of the licensing renewal for the dam.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has set the dates for a special election to fill the seat of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Hogan in a proclamation Monday scheduled the special primary election for Feb. 4 and the special general election for April 28.

Cummings represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District since 1996. He died Oct. 17 of complications from longstanding health issues.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House Speaker is urging the state's governor to settle a lawsuit involving four historically black colleges for $577 million.

House Speaker Adrienne Jones sent a letter this week to Gov. Larry Hogan, urging him to end what she described as "a stain on the national reputation of Maryland's higher education system."

She's urging him to agree to an amount recommended by an attorney representing the state's four HBCUs to settle the 13-year-old lawsuit over disparities in programs.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cumming, who died Thursday at age 68, was remembered as a moral voice of conscience in a divisive era - a leader who fought for civil rights and took on the White House as a prominent figure in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

His widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of Maryland's Democratic Party, said in a statement: "He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation's diversity was our promise, not our problem."

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's ordering expedited work on repairs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that are causing major traffic backups, but the work can't be delayed without a risk to safety.

Hogan said Wednesday that maintenance delays for more than a decade have "caused tremendous safety problems." He says if repairs are neglected, "the crisis could go from terrible and unbearable to catastrophic and life threatening."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The pilot episode for a potential new Showtime series will be filmed in Maryland.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the pilot for "The President is Missing" is expected to begin in the state early next year.

The pilot is based on the 2018 novel by the same title. The novel was a collaboration between author James Patterson and former president Bill Clinton.

Hogan says it's hoped the pilot will turn into another successful series filmed in the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has directed counsel to present compensation agreements for five men who were wrongly imprisoned to the Board of Publics later this month.

Hogan said Wednesday that board counsel will bring the agreements to the board's next meeting on Oct. 30.

The five men spent a combined 120 years in prison. Their attorneys are seeking $12 million in compensation.

Hogan and the board's other two members, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, have expressed agreement that the men should be compensated.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he's "very troubled" by the controversy that has prompted an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but he says more facts need to be gathered.

Hogan made the comments Thursday during an appearance at the Yahoo! Finance All Markets Summit in New York.

Hogan says the declaration by the White House that it won't cooperate with the impeachment probe "doesn't sit well with me or a lot of other people."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed two people to fill vacancies in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Hogan appointed Carl Jackson and Cathi Forbes on Wednesday to the seats in the 141-member House. Both are Democrats who will represent districts in Baltimore County.

Jackson is an analyst at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He will represent District 8 in a seat that was held by Eric Bromwell, who left to serve as Baltimore County's first opioid strategy coordinator.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An attorney for Gov. Larry Hogan has made a "final offer" of $200 million to settle a long-running lawsuit involving Maryland's four historically black colleges.

Robert Scholz, Hogan's chief legal counsel, wrote in a letter to Del. Darryl Barnes on Thursday that the offer would be over a 10-year period, starting in fiscal year 2021.

Scholz wrote that the settlement would remove "the very substantial litigation risk" now faced by plaintiffs in the case.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a psychotherapist's lawsuit challenging Maryland's ban on treating minors with conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change a client's homosexual orientation.

U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow's ruling on Friday rejected Christopher Doyle's claims that the state law violates his First Amendment rights to free speech and religious freedom.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Insurance Administration has approved an average rate decrease of about 10% for individual health insurance plans in the state's health care exchange.

The administration announced the rate drop Thursday for plans with an effective date of Jan. 1.

Gov. Larry Hogan says it's the second consecutive year individual insurance rates in Maryland have decreased.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland motorists are being told to expect major delays on the Bay Bridge beginning next week as a deck rehabilitation project gets underway.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says in a news release that two-way operations on the westbound span will cease on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in preparation for the Maryland Transportation Authority's $27 million deck rehabilitation project.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is calling on attorneys to work out a process to compensate five men who were wrongly convicted of crimes in Maryland.

Hogan called on counsel for the Board of Public Works on Wednesday to work with the state's chief administrative law judge to immediately put a process into place.

The governor says there's no question the exonerated men deserve to be justly compensated.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - There's a new general commanding the Maryland National Guard.

Gov. Larry Hogan presided over Saturday's ceremony in which retiring Maj. Gen. Linda Singh gave way to Maj. Gen. Timothy Gowen as the state's adjutant general. The position is part of Hogan's Cabinet and oversees Maryland's military department, which includes emergency management and thousands of service members.

Gowen returns to Maryland after a brief stint with the U.S. Army Futures Command in Texas. He was Maryland assistant adjutant general for 3 1/2 years until September 2018.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A group of Maryland government employees and union members rallied Wednesday in Baltimore to protest what they say is the governor's refusal to fill thousands of vacant government positions.

A Maryland Department of Legislative Services study showed more than 2,600 unfilled state job vacancies. It shows unfilled corrections positions rose from about 2% in 2013 to about 17% in 2018.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has met with state and federal law enforcement officials to discuss security issues, including the threat posed by racially motivated extremists.

Hogan met Monday with Jennifer Boone, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office. The superintendent of the Maryland State Police and Hogan's homeland security advisor also attended.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he wants to make some changes in tolls on Maryland roads to save about $5.6 million a year for drivers.

News outlets report that the proposal is not an across-the-board cut in tolls that the Republican governor pushed through in 2015. The administration is hoping to generate savings of up to $28 million over five years.

The board of the Maryland Transportation Authority is expected to begin considering Hogan's proposal later this month.

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It may have been hot yesterday but thousands showed up for the 43rd annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield.

Among those mingling with the crowd were Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the Mayor of Salisbury Jake day.

Hogan may not be able to run for reelection but told the Salisbury Daily Times that he tries to make the all-you-can eat event.

Meanwhile, Day told the paper that he did have an election that he was gearing up for.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is highlighting a Maryland program that enables young adults to cut student loan debt while buying a home.

The governor marked the anniversary of the Maryland SmartBuy 2.0 initiative on Tuesday.

A pilot program began in 2016. Hogan extended it in July of 2018. He put $3 million in the last fiscal year's budget for the program, and that has been doubled this fiscal year to $6 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has renewed an agreement with a jurisdiction in Japan that is designed to advance life sciences.

Hogan signed a new memorandum of understanding on Monday in Annapolis, Maryland, with Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

Hogan says renewing the agreement will help build on mutual strengths that Maryland and Kanagawa have in biotech and life sciences. He says increasing engagement with Japan has been a key goal of his administration.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced a total of $5 million in grants to support tourism projects in the state.

The governor announced the 109 matching grants on Thursday.

The funds support tourism projects and activities that draw visitors to the state's 13 certified heritage areas and expand economic development.

Organizations receiving the grants include museums, parks and educational organizations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a second complaint alleging campaign finance violations against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign, but the governor's lawyer is calling it "a media stunt."

The complaint filed Thursday with the state elections board is alleging "a number of suspicious" campaign donations from companies with similar names and addresses that would exceed legal amounts.

Chris Ashby, Hogan's attorney, says there is "zero legal basis" for the complaint.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed a new labor secretary.

Hogan announced the appointment of Tiffany Robinson on Tuesday. She has worked since 2016 as a deputy chief of staff in the governor's office, where she advises on labor, housing, education, human serves and health matters.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is going to reconsider its position challenging Maryland over new flight patterns and the noise they bring residents near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The FAA filed a motion Tuesday to hold Maryland's case in abeyance while it reconsiders.

In September, the FAA wrote a letter to the state declining to respond to a petition asking for more review of the flight patterns.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The first African American and female leader of the Maryland National Guard is retiring, and Gov. Larry Hogan has chosen a successor.T

Major Gen. Linda Singh announced Tuesday she plans to retire this summer.

Hogan appointed her to the job in January 2015. She has led more than 5,500 soldiers and airmen under her command and more than 1,000 full-time federal and state employees ready to respond in an emergency.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he'll keep pushing for redistricting reform in the state, but Democrats say a national solution for reform is needed, not a piecemeal approach on a state-by-state basis.

The Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the outcome of federal court rulings in Maryland and North Carolina, where courts had ordered new congressional district maps to be drawn due to partisan gerrymandering. That's when political parties in control draw districts that favor them.

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Governor Larry Hogan made an appearance at the Maryland Municipal League conference in Ocean City yesterday.

And his themes ranged from job growth and education to transportation.

Speaking to around 600 local leaders hailed the gain of more than 120-thousand jobs in the state.

He also said that the state was committed to helping cities deal with the growing number of storms and hurricanes that arisen in recent years.

On the state’s public schools the governor noted that the state has invested $32 billion in K-12 education.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is directing two state agencies to develop an initiative to save energy in state-owned buildings.

Hogan signed an executive order on Tuesday for the Maryland Department of General Services and the Maryland Energy Administration.

The administration says the goal of the initiative is to reduce energy consumption in state buildings by 10% by 2029.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Democratic Party is asking the state board of elections to investigate possible campaign finance violations by Gov. Larry Hogan. The Democrats say the Republican took donations from 100 benefactors that were over the legal limit.

The Democrats' executive director Ben Smith said Hogan's 2018 campaign raked in more than $200,000 in violation of the legal limit of $6,000 per donor.

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