Author Archives: Brian Witte

  • Md. Lawmakers Pass Minimum Wage Increase

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly on its last full day of the session Monday gave final approval to incremental increases in the state's minimum wage over several years to $10.10 by 2018. The House of Delegates voted 87-47 for the measure, sending it to Democratic ...

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  • Maryland Health Care Sign-up Fair Draws Hundreds

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A health care enrollment fair on Saturday drew hundreds of Maryland residents who lined up and waited to beat Monday's midnight deadline to enroll in a health care plan. People said they generally waited about an hour at the Baltimore Convention Center before sitting ...

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  • Md. health exchange severs ties with Noridian

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's health-exchange board voted to fire the state's prime information technology contractor for Maryland's defective health care exchange, the state's health secretary told lawmakers Monday. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein told a legislative oversight ...

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  • Losing bidders won’t sue over casino license

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say the two losing bidders for a casino license near the nation's capital have agreed not to oppose a commission's decision to grant the license to MGM Resorts International. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Tuesday that ...

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  • Md. Picks MGM for New Casino near Nation’s Capital

    BALTIMORE (AP) — MGM Resorts International on Friday won a license for a large casino and resort in Maryland near the nation's capital. A state commission voted 5-2 in favor of Las Vegas-based MGM's proposal to build a $925 million resort near the Potomac River at National Harbor ...

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  • Former Morgan Student Accused of Cannibalism Enters Plea

    BEL AIR, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland college student who told authorities he killed a man and ate his heart and parts of his brain pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible Monday. Alex Kinyua, 22, entered the plea to first-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo ...

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  • Currie Censured

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has voted to censure a Prince George’s county state senator who failed to disclose work for a grocery store chain. The Senate voted 47-0 on Friday to censure Sen. Ulysses Currie. The recommendation was made by the Joint Committee on ...

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  • State Highway Chief Testifies in Currie Case

    BALTIMORE (AP) — State Sen. Ulysses Currie never disclosed he was being paid by a grocery store chain as he pressed the head of the Maryland State Highway Administration to install traffic lights near the company's stores, the highway chief testified during the lawmaker's bribery ...

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  • Indicted Senator Seeks Return of Passport

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Attorneys for indicted state Sen. Ulysses Currie are trying to get his passport back temporarily so he can attend a conference in Canada. Currie's lawyers made the request July 8 in U.S. District Court filings. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett has not yet ...

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