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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says he wants answers in the death of a teen at the hands of police.

He told the Baltimore Sun that along with the family of 19-year-old Anton Black he has been pushing for the state police and medical examiner to wrap up their investigation.

WBOC reports that the African American youth died after a September incident in which Greensboro police say they found the young man dragging a 12-year-old boy down the street.

He released the boy after being told by police to do so but then fled.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has given a preview of the state's $46.6 billion budget plan for the next fiscal year.

Hogan outlined his proposal Wednesday at a news conference. He says there's $6.9 billion for K-12 education. He's also proposing a new fund to create $3.5 billion for school construction over five years.

Hogan is proposing about $248 million in general funds for prevention and treatment of drug addiction. That's a 20 percent increase over the amount in the last budget to fight drug addiction.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's criticism of Washington's divisive politics during his inaugural speech has generated some buzz about whether he might seek national office, but the Republican says he's not making any plans to end his second term early.

Hogan was asked Thursday at a news conference on his budget proposal whether he wants to run for president. He says he plans to talk more about national politics, because he is the incoming chairman of the National Governors Association.

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Governor Larry Hogan was sworn in yesterday doing something that has not been done in decades – becoming a Republican to win a second term in office.

During his inaugural address Hogan said that he wants to seek the "middle ground where we can all stand together" in his second term.

Hogan emphasized bipartisanship on Wednesday in his second inaugural address and contrasted civil debate in Annapolis with the partisan rancor in nearby Washington.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - In a rarity of Maryland politics, a Republican is being sworn in to a second term as governor.

Gov. Larry Hogan will be sworn in Wednesday on the grounds of the Maryland State House.

Hogan is the first Republican governor in Maryland to win re-election since 1954, when Theodore McKeldin became the first Republican to do so in the state.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A Muslim civil rights group is suing to block the state of Maryland from enforcing an executive order barring state agencies from contracting with businesses that boycott Israel.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations sued Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and state Attorney General Brian Frosh on Wednesday on behalf of software engineer Syed Saqib Ali, a former state lawmaker.

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It could be called governor’s day on the campus of Salisbury University.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that all three governors from Virginia, Maryland and Delaware are expected to appear on campus in February.

It will be Governor Larry Hogan’s first appearance this year after becoming the first Maryland Republican to be elected to a second term in decades.

Meanwhile, Delaware Governor John Carney and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam – both Democrats – are also expected to make an appearance.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing plans to expand a program that helps economically distressed communities.

Hogan outlined plans to allocate about $56.5 million to workforce development to expand Maryland's Opportunity Zone program.

The initiatives he announced Tuesday are designed to work with the federal Opportunity Zone program, which will provide tax incentives over the next decade.

Hogan also is proposing a measure to invest $16 million to create a Maryland Technology Infrastructure Fund.

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Maryland will become part of a lawsuit by eight other states against seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean for offshore exploration.

Governor Larry Hogan gave the okay to the suit and called the federal action misguided that could jeopardize the hard work to improve the state’s air and water quality.

The Salisbury Daily times reports that Hogan has authorized the Department of Natural Resources to move ahead with the suit.

Seismic testing uses air guns to look for oil and gas deposits along the coast.

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ARNOLD, Md. (AP) - The first company to be licensed as a medical marijuana grower in Maryland has been fined for using banned crop-protection pesticides.

News outlets report the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission on Tuesday ordered ForwardGro to pay $125,000, destroy products produced before May 31 and issue refunds on certain products. The company has been placed on two years' probation.

ForwardGro products were removed from Maryland dispensaries with little explanation in October.

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Environmentalists in Maryland appear to believe they now have the wind at their backs offering up the prospect of getting the General Assembly to approve the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act in the next legislative session.

The measure calls for increasing the state’s renewal energy sources for the state’s electricity to 50 percent by 2030 and to come up with a plan for 100 percent by 2040.

While Governor Larry Hogan vetoed an earlier version of the measure that called for 25 percent by 2020 he has not weighed in on the current legislation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has named former Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh to be director of Maryland's Opioid Operational Command Center.

Hogan announced the appointment on Wednesday.

Schuh will replace Clay Stamp, who is returning to Talbot County as assistant county manager and emergency services director.

Anne Arundel County launched the Safe Stations program under Schuh. The program designates county and city police stations as safe environments for people looking for assistance to fight heroin and opioid addiction.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials on a Maryland fiscal panel are calling for caution in state budgeting as state lawmakers head into next session with more than $1 billion in unspent revenues.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a member of the Board of Revenue Estimates, said at Wednesday's board meeting there's no guarantee the nation's long-running economic expansion will continue much longer.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he believes most Americans are sick and tired of divisive politics and want elected officials to work together and compromise to solve the nation's problems.

Hogan, a Republican who won a second term last month in a heavily Democratic state, spoke Tuesday in Washington at a conference sponsored by the Niskanen Center, a moderate think tank with libertarian principles.

Hogan says he ran for governor in 2014 because he was tired of politics as usual. He says he still is, maybe more now than ever.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's governor has declared that state government agencies and offices will close in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that state offices will be closed on Wednesday, coinciding with a national day of mourning for Bush, who died Friday at 94.

Hogan says state offices will be closed out of respect for Bush's "lifetime of service and unwavering dedication to our country."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats have picked a former gubernatorial hopeful and wife of a powerful congressman as chair of the state party.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings thanked party officials for electing her Saturday and promised to strengthen the party ahead of future elections.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan won re-election earlier this year, despite Democrats' large voter registration advantage in Maryland.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor says a "nonpartisan" emergency commission will be created to draw new boundaries for a congressional district.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says the commission will craft a redistricting plan for its sixth congressional district that isn't tarnished by gerrymandering. In Maryland, Democrats were in charge of the last controversial redistricting.

Monday's announcement comes weeks after a panel of federal judges ordered Maryland to submit a new map for its sixth district.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Law enforcement and school officials in Maryland are starting a program aimed at helping students linked to traumatic incidents.

The Capital reports that Anne Arundel County is one of a handful of counties where law enforcement officers are now notifying school principals after a child is either a victim or a witness of a traumatic event. The aim is help school administrators provide special care to students as needed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says his re-election indicates voters want bipartisanship and civility that is lacking in Washington,áand he says other Maryland Republicans' losses were a repudiation of President Donald Trump.

Hogan spoke Wednesday about becoming the first Republican governor to be re-elected in Maryland since 1954. He says he has governed "right down the middle" and sought bipartisanship with Democrats, who held on to supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan won re-election last night the first Republican to do so since 1954.

He beat out Democratic candidate Ben Jealous in a state in which Democrats have a 2-to-1 majority.

Hogan has taken a moderate political stance emphasizing bipartisanship and distancing himself from President Trump.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Ben Cardin won a third term easily defeating Republican and independent challenges.

It was a charged up atmosphere as voters cast their ballots.

Here are some voters in casting their ballots in Wicomico County.

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It was a record turnout in Maryland for early voting.

The state’s total was just over 661-thousand.

The number of Democrats casting their ballots was nearly 424-thousand compared to just over 155-thousand Republicans.

Incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan is being challenged by Democratic candidate Ben Jealous.

In Wicomico County 10-thousand people cast their ballots according the Anthony Gutierrez, the county’s elections director.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this is twice the number cast in 2014.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - State workers in Maryland are demanding Gov. Larry Hogan's administration provide better working conditions, including pay and staffing increases.  

The Washington Post reports hundreds of workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 3 protested outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis Wednesday night. The union represents more than 20,000 state workers and has repeatedly criticized Hogan's administration for issues including staff shortages.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says a second term would look a lot like his first, if he is re-elected, but voters can expect changes to how the state's congressional map is drawn.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Hogan said Thursday he will push again to take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and have an independent commission draw Maryland's eight congressional districts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has dismissed a challenge by Exelon to the water quality certification issued by a Maryland agency in the proposed relicensing of the Conowingo Dam.

Gov. Larry Hogan says progress in fighting pollution in the Chesapeake Bay could be at risk, if Maryland doesn't pursue a comprehensive regional approach to reducing pollution in the Susquehanna River, which flows through the dam.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor released a re-election campaign video poking fun at his challenger's verbal blunders, but Democrat Ben Jealous says Republican incumbent Larry Hogan is bullying him over his speech impediment.

The video launched Monday shows Jealous talking about removing Hogan from the White House, becoming Virginia's next governor and making history as the first black president. Hogan's campaign tweeted the video, asking "What exactly is BenJealous running for?"

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A champion of liberal causes and public service, former U.S. Sen. Joseph D. Tydings has died at 90.

Gov. Larry Hogan mourned Tydings' death Monday in a statement praising his corruption prosecutions and ordered flags lowered in his honor.

News outlets report the Maryland Democrat died of cancer in Washington. Daughter Mary Tydings says he was surrounded by family and cloaked in a University of Maryland blanket.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has a new tip line and mobile app to make it easier to report potential threats at schools.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the new Safe Schools Maryland initiative on Wednesday.

Reports can be made anonymously around the clock on the app that is available through Apple App Store or Google Play. Reports also can be made online at www.SafeSchoolsMD.org or by calling 1-833-MD-B-SAFE.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A judge has denied a request by Maryland's largest union for a preliminary injunction to stop Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign from using an apple logo to show support by teachers.

Hogan's campaign said Monday the ruling by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge means it can still use an apple image as a universally known symbol for education on campaign material.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Barack Obama has endorsed Ben Jealous for governor of Maryland.

The former president announced the endorsement on Monday.

Jealous, who served as president of the NAACP, was one of 260 Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state legislature endorsed by Obama in his second round of endorsements for the midterm elections.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has named the state's first anti-human trafficking director.

Hogan announced Monday that Laurie Culkin will be an advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims.

The position will be part of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Culkin will be responsible for coordinating supportive services for victims, as well as enforcement activities relating to human trafficking.

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