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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Flags are being lowered in Maryland to honor a police officer who died in the line of duty.

State officials announced Wednesday that Gov.  Larry Hogan has ordered the United States and Maryland flags be lowered in honor of Lt. Milton Roach of the Spring Grove Hospital Center Police Department. Officials say Roach died July 4.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a contract with the federal government to enact the state's unique all-payer health care model.

Hogan signed the five-year contract Monday with Seema Verma, who is the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Overall, the model aims to provide incentives in the state's health care system to emphasize the quality of care over the quantity of care and focus on value rather than volume.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The head of information technology for Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration isn't with the agency anymore after a programming error that meant thousands of primary voters had to cast provisional ballots.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday during an interview with WTOP-FM that "the person in charge of all IT for the MVA is no longer working there."

A spokeswoman for the agency declined Thursday to discuss the case, saying officials don't talk publicly about personnel matters.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden urged Maryland Democrats to unite and end intra-party fighting ahead of this year's general elections.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Biden spoke to at a Camden Yards fundraiser Saturday evening.

The event raised money for Ben Jealous, who won the Maryland Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday. The former NAACP president beat Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker in a crowded primary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Ben Jealous says he's ready to climb what some describe as the state's political Mount Everest: Defeating Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

It just might be that tall a task, even for a Democrat in a blue state where Republicans are outnumbered 2-1. That's because Democrats throughout the state like Hogan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland voters are choosing candidates Tuesday for all 188 state legislative seats, governor and members of Congress.

The Democratic primary for governor is one of the major races. Polls show Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and former NAACP President Ben Jealous in a tight race in a crowded primary. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is unchallenged for his party's nomination.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is asking for a presidential disaster declaration following a severe storm and flooding that hit the Baltimore area last month, devastating Ellicott City.

The governor announced the request Monday in a news release, which also said his earlier request for a disaster declaration for Frederick and Washington counties had been granted.

Those western Maryland counties were hit by flooding in mid-May.

The most recent request covers Baltimore County, Baltimore city and Howard County.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel will hold a hearing next month into a Motor Vehicle Administration error that may have resulted in thousands of people not being properly registered to vote in Tuesday's primary.

Sen. Joan Carter Conway said Sunday the error "may impact the outcome of close races." Conway also is criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan's administration "for this mess."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing $19 million in education funding to implement some of the recommendations of a high-profile commission.

Hogan said Thursday that the new money includes $4.5 million for before- and afterschool academic programs, $2.5 million for an early literacy program and $2 million for career and technical education.

He also authorized an additional $1.8 million in need-based higher-education scholarships.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland will recall the four members of the National Guard he sent to the U.S.-Mexico border and will not deploy other resources until a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families is rescinded.

Hogan made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.

The Republican governor says he has ordered four crewmembers and a helicopter to immediately return from where they were stationed in New Mexico.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Bernie Sanders isn't endorsing his own son's congressional bid, but he's coming to Maryland to lend a liberal boost to Ben Jealous' campaign for governor.

The senator known for his reluctance to endorse politicians is scheduled to attend an early voting rally with the former NAACP president in Silver Spring on Monday night.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - With two leading candidates who have a shot at becoming Maryland's first black governor, the crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary reflects the state's changing demographics and the party's efforts to harness the energy of an increasingly diverse electorate around the country.

Recent polls show former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker are leading in a close and crowded primary.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to Maryland's request for a declaration that power plants in five upwind states are contributing to Maryland's air quality problems.

The judge on Wednesday ordered the EPA to take final action on Maryland's petition by Sept. 15.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Maryland officials last year after the EPA failed to meet the deadline for a response.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Early voting is beginning in the Maryland primary.
 
Voting sites open Thursday across the state at about 80 different locations. They are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through next Thursday.
 
Voters are deciding who the candidates will be in November.
 
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan isn't facing a primary unchallenged. There are more than half a dozen candidates on the ballot for the Democratic nomination to challenge Hogan.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A gun rights group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Maryland's recently enacted ban on devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms.

The complaint filed Monday by a group called Maryland Shall Issue says the ban passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Larry Hogan in April violates both the federal and state constitutions.

The ban prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of any "rapid fire trigger activator" such as a bump stock. It is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to mark the opening of the new Dover Bridge near Easton.

The governor will speak Wednesday at the bridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

The bridge is a major route from southern Caroline County and northern Dorchester County to Talbot County.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Gov. Martin O'Malley is endorsing Rushern Baker in Maryland's Democratic primary for governor.

O'Malley said Thursday the Prince George's County executive has the integrity and ability to bring people together needed to be governor.

O'Malley, who served two terms, says he believes Baker is the candidate who is best able to "restore Maryland's leadership in public education and make our children winners in a changing economy."

O'Malley endorsed Baker at a news conference in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure relating to the composition of the state school board.

The bill vetoed Thursday would have increased the size of the Maryland State Board of Education from 12 to 15 to members by adding two certified teachers and one parent of a public school student.

The governor opposes the bill because it would have required him to appoint two teachers recommended by teachers unions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan doesn't have any primary opposition, but that's not keeping him from buying television ads leading up to the June 26 primary.

Doug Mayer, the governor's deputy campaign manager, said Thursday the Hogan campaign is spending $1.3 million on ads, which will air in the Baltimore and Washington-area media markets.

Mayer says they will begin airing next week and run up to the primary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are ending the $7.50 E-ZPass transponder fee for new customers, offering a little relief to drivers facing soaring prices at the gas pump.

Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Wednesday. He says it will save Maryland residents about $46 million over the next five years.

Customers who use an E-ZPass save 25 percent or more on Maryland tolls. At the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the savings increases to 37.5 percent, with E-ZPass customers paying $2.50, compared to $4 for a driver using cash.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford have raised more than $1.2 million in a little over a month.

That's according to a memo Tuesday from Tom Kelso, who heads Hogan's campaign finance committee.

The money was raised between April 10 and May 15. That's after the state's legislative session, when the governor and legislators can't raise money.

Kelso says the governor's re-election campaign has more than $9 million in cash on hand. Kelso says $19.3 million has been raised in the last four years.

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Democratic Gubernatorial contenders took aim at Republican Governor Larry Hogan during last night's candidate debate in Baltimore. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has a wrap up the sharp words for the incumbent.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a bill to prohibit health professionals from practicing "gay conversion therapy" on minors, as a growing number of states and municipalities are banning the practice.

The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told a senate panel that it was unlikely the Maryland coastline would see offshore drilling.

During an exchange with Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen Zinke said there are no known oil reserves off the Maryland shores.

In addition, he said that the president has maintained his administration would take local concerns into consideration.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Maryland officials have been strong opponents of such drilling after the Trump administration announced it would be opening up the offshore areas for exploration.

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Those taking advantage of community college in Maryland will be getting a break from the state when it comes to their tuition.

Governor Larry Hogan has signed a law that would cover up to $5-thousand of tuition after scholarships and grants are accounted for.

Students must also maintain a 2.5 grade point average and be enrolled for at least 12 credits per semester.

In addition, they must either have graduated from high school or earned a GED within the last two years before entering college.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Democratic candidate for governor has released six years of state and federal tax returns, and he's calling on other candidates to do the same.

State Sen. Richard Madaleno is the first candidate in a crowded Democratic primary to make his returns public.

Madaleno criticized President Donald Trump for failing to release his tax returns in the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump's decision not to release them broke with decades of precedent in presidential campaigns.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The board of trustees for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has voted to move forward with a federal application for a reinsurance program.

The board voted Monday to proceed with the program that Gov. Larry Hogan and state lawmakers approved to hold down consumer costs to Maryland's individual market for health insurance for 2019 and 2020.

The vote creates the parameters for a reinsurance program. It also authorizes the exchange to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to request federal approval for a waiver to create the program.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) - Maryland's legislative session has ended, after lawmakers put finishing touches on high-profile measures.

Democrats who control the General Assembly and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said early Tuesday after the midnight adjournment that there was plenty of bipartisan work in Annapolis this year.

Lawmakers from both parties worked on a school-safety bill that passed Monday. Bipartisanship was also evident in a package of crime legislation that passed on the last day of the 90-day legislative session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed measures aimed at fighting crime.

The House on Saturday carved up Senate legislation that had been criticized for creating several mandatory-minimum sentences and replaced it with two separate bills.

One bill strips most of the Senate's mandatory-minimum proposals but keeps a 10-year, mandatory-minimum sentence for a second conviction of committing a crime of violence with a gun.

The other measure creates a task force to study the state's gang laws.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has overridden Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to change how the state makes spending decisions about school construction.

The House voted 90-48 for the override Thursday. The Senate voted 29-15, the minimum needed for the required three-fifths vote.

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