Baltimore Co. pain relief practice resisting probe into meningitis outbreak

A Baltimore County pain treatment center is resisting involvement in a probe into the deadly national fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroids last year. Baltimore Pain Management Center, which received some doses of the recalled medications, filed an objection Tuesday in federal court to a subpoena it received last month. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Masons come to aid of bombing victim

Erika Brannock is still adjusting to life with new physical challenges after the Boston Marathon bombing, but she now has a fully accessible bathroom, thanks to renovations by the Freemasons of Maryland. Brannock, whose left leg was amputated above the knee, said the renovations have allowed her to regain some independence. (Balt. Sun)

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Bel Air subdivision residents face $60,000 bill for stormwater pond maintenance

If the Bel Air town commissioners approve a contract during their August meeting, homeowners in the Roland Place subdivision would be faced with a nearly $60,000 price tag for repairs to their stormwater management pond. (Aegis)

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Balto. Co. businesses question stormwater fee calculations

Baltimore County business owners are criticizing the way the county has imposed its new stormwater management fee, saying officials miscalculated the amount of hard surface on their properties.The complaints came as a county official acknowledged that the technology used to measure properties cannot tell the difference between surfaces that are impervious and those that are not. (Balt. Sun)

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Hagerstown will not charge property owners stormwater fee

The city of Hagerstown will not charge its property owners a stormwater fee to help cover the estimated $210 million cost of complying with the state’s plan to reduce nutrient and sediment discharges to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, but how to fund the mammoth mandate remains a mystery. (Herald-Mail)

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Maryland hospitals spent $1.4B on community benefit programs in '12

Maryland hospitals spent a total of $1.4 billion on community benefit programs and services in fiscal 2012, up from $1.2 billion the year before, according to the state. Of the $1.4 billion hospitals spent on community benefit programs, 47 percent of the money was factored into the rates hospitals get paid, which essentially means the costs were passed through to insurers and patients. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Talks on land for new Prince George's hospital focus on two sites

Prince George's County officials trying to secure land for a $650 million hospital are focusing two locations: the old Landover Mall site and a plot at Largo Town Center. Initial exchanges of offers with landowners and a tally of needed infrastructure improvements made those two sites the best choices, county officials said. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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New Easton regional hospital delayed

Shore Health System officials announced Tuesday plans to build a new Shore Regional Medical Center in Easton have been put on hold indefinitely. The move comes after weeks of public speculation about the center's fate following Shore's recent budget cuts to staff and services at their Mid-Shore locations, including Dorchester General Hospital and Memorial Hospital at Easton. (Star-Democrat)

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