Capital News Service


In-state tuition bill aimed at ‘Dreamers’ advances in Md.

Photo by Kevin Galens, via Flickr

By Hannah Brockway
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A bill that aims to ensure young, undocumented Maryland students referred to as “Dreamers,” can pursue higher education by giving qualified individuals access to in-state tuition is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly.

Hogan’s nonpublic schools funding gets ‘BOOST’ from students

Gov. Larry Hogan high-fives students at a nonpublic school advocacy rally in Annapolis on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Opponents of Gov. Hogan’s nonpublic school funding argue that public funds should be used for public schools. (Aaron Rosa/Capital News Service)

By Sean Whooley

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland —Hundreds of private school students, faculty, parents and supporters piled onto Lawyers Mall in Annapolis on Tuesday for a rally to support Gov. Larry Hogan’s funding for nonpublic schools.

In Congress, only one Maryland lawmaker gets NRA money

Andy Harris. Image via Facebook.

By Jarod Golub and Julia Karron

WASHINGTON — As congressional gun talks ramp up, advocates for stronger safety laws have called for their representatives to stop accepting campaign finance donations from the National Rifle Association.

Bill expanding medical cannabis licenses advances

Medical marijuana growing in Colorado

By Sean Whooley
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A bill that would expand Maryland’s medical cannabis industry to include more minority ownership, after more than a month in legislative limbo, is moving again in the General Assembly, with amendments.

Critics hit Trump’s food program plan as ‘devastating’ to Maryland

A grocery store in Mount Rainier, Md. Photo by Lance Cheung, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Julia Lerner

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal 2019 includes an overhaul of a supplemental food assistance program for low-income people that could affect nearly 750,000 Marylanders.

Md. lawmakers want to boost sanctions for murder-for-hire

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By Zach Shapiro

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Murder-for-hire is a misdemeanor in Maryland, and prosecutors have just three years to bring charges. State lawmakers from both parties want to change that.

Trump’s Proposed Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Cuts Faces Hill Battle

Ducks gather on the ice in the Chesapeake Bay. Image by Amanda Salvucci/Capital News Service.

By Julia Karron, Jarod Golub and Timmy Chong

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s plan to slash 90 percent of Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding, which could dismantle several decades of environmental restoration, met resistance from Maryland’s Democratic congressional delegation.

Sponsor of Bill to Legalize Hemp in Maryland Thinks This is the Year

A group of hemp seeds and products on display at the Abell Foundation Hemp forum on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. The panel detailed the many uses for hemp seeds such as fiber, fuel, food and medicine. (Layne Litsinger/Capital News Service)

By Layne Litsinger

Proponents of industrial hemp say legalization of the cannabis relative offers many potential benefits, and, if a bill in the state Legislature is approved, Maryland might be part of a growing acceptance of the plant.

Three Maryland Athletes Competing in South Korea Games

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By Julia Karron and Timmy Chong

Three athletes who call Maryland home are headed to the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Ocean City Businesses Fear Loss of Seasonal Workforce if Trump Cuts Visa Program

Ocean City, Maryland. Photo via

As the summer tourism season comes to a close in Ocean City, Maryland, many businesses fear they may soon lose much of their seasonal workforce if the Trump administration cancels the J-1 visa program.