Metro abandons plan to eliminate southern Prince George’s County bus route

Metro has withdrawn a plan to discontinue a bus route in southern Prince George’s County and instead is proposing to add a new route to provide another transit option for the late-night and weekend workers at the popular National Harbor resort. (Wash. Post)

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Central Chemical Group agrees to pay $250,000 to develop clean up plan

Sixteen companies that make up the Central Chemical Group have agreed to pay about $250,000 to develop a detailed plan to clean up contaminated soil and wastes at a site in Hagerstown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. EPA spokeswoman Bonnie Smith said the settlement is another step in the long process of cleaning up the Superfund site off Mitchell Avenue, and protecting public health and the environment. (Herald-Mail)

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201K in Md. eligible for health insurance tax credit 

About 201,000 Maryland residents will be eligible for financial assistance from the federal government to help pay their health insurance premiums next year if they purchase a plan from the state exchange, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In the same report, the foundation also estimates that about 419,000 Marylanders might ultimately purchase insurance through the Maryland Health Connection, based on the number who are now uninsured but won’t qualify for Medicaid, and the number who currently purchase insurance through existing channels but might look for a better deal on the exchange. (Daily Record)

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$425K slander verdict affirmed against union local, president 

A Maryland appeals court has upheld a $425,000 defamation verdict to a Maryland Transit Administration dispatcher against his union local and its president, who spread false rumors that the dispatcher had stolen money and insisted he “had to go” as the local’s elected treasurer. (Daily Record)

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Manna Food Center turns 30, distributes more than 4 million pounds of food a year in Montgomery County

The volunteers search the industrial shelves packed with canned foods, diapers, infant formulas, they reach into the immense cardboard box overflowing with cabbage heads and they count apples. It’s all part of the process of packing about 200 boxes with food a day — about 16,000 pounds of food total — that the Manna Food Center gives to Montgomery County residents each day. (Gazette)

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College of Southern Maryland sets events commemorating Vietnam War

Next week an often overlooked group of veterans will be recognized, and a difficult time in U.S. history will be remembered, at the College of Southern Maryland. The 50th anniversary of the start of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War will be commemorated with activities taking place at all three CSM campuses throughout the week. (Md. Ind. News)

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Climate change could be a good thing in Maryland

Maryland’s wine industry, while not a powerhouse in the world of vino, has seen tremendous growth over the past decade and the state has the potential to become a major center of wine production in time, experts said. But to realize that potential, the state has a number of challenges to overcome — competition from better-known wine-producing states, the perception that Maryland produces low-quality wines and the impact of a changing climate on grapes. (News-Post)

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Enigmatic eels a focus of concern

On a chilly morning when other watermen on the Patuxent River dredged for oysters, Jimmy Trossbach sought more slippery quarry — American eels. "I don't know what we'll find here," Trossbach said as he guided his 45-foot workboat, Prospector, to a pair of empty plastic jugs bobbing on the water. His helper, Jake Walker, hooked the makeshift buoy and reeled in the eel pots or traps they'd set in the river two days before. (Balt. Sun)

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