Bay Bridge lanes to close for maintenance work

Weather permitting, several lanes of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will be closed next week as crews conduct preservation and maintenance work paid for with toll dollars, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The closures will affect both the eastbound and westbound spans, at varying intervals, and occur during the day and night hours, the authority said. (Balt. Sun)

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Hampstead Main Street project awarded $20 million

The Town of Hampstead's Main Street revitalization project received a $20 million boost from the Maryland Department of Transportation. (Patuxent)

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Understanding Medicaid expansion under health reform

Medicaid will undergo a major expansion under health reform. Charles Milligan, the state's deputy secretary for health care financing, explains who will qualify. (Balt. Sun)

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Sept. 6 // Purple Line study details impacts of building and operating light-rail line

Building a light-rail Purple Line across the Maryland suburbs would require condemning 116 homes and businesses and cutting down most trees on a popular walking and biking path between Bethesda and Silver Spring, according to a final environmental study released Thursday. (Wash. Post)

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New fertilizer regulations for farmers may be phased in slowly

After concerns were raised by farmers, new proposed requirements on how much fertilizer and manure growers can use in certain areas may be phased in rather than implemented this fall, the Maryland Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. The department had previously requested to the Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee that the regulations receive emergency status so that they would be implemented for the fall planting season. (Carr. Co. Times)

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City prosecutors lose three trials with accused rapist on stand

Nelson Bernard Clifford has been tried in three separate rape cases in recent years. Each time, he was linked through DNA to the scene and his accuser said she had been bound, blindfolded and attacked. And each time, the 35-year-old was acquitted after giving similar testimony: He said the sex was consensual and surmised the women accused him of rape because they were either upset over a financial dispute or worried their boyfriends would find out. (Balt. Sun)

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Charges dropped against Severna Park couple in tree-cutting case

Standing on their back porch in Severna Park on Thursday, Nilos and Kelly Sakellariou felt vindicated. The last three years have been filled with lawsuits, court hearings and criminal charges, all stemming from tree-cutting services they ordered around their Bellehahn Court home in 2010. (Capital)

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Bike path pushes downtown, SU ties

For years, city leaders and Salisbury University officials have wanted to build a stronger connection between the campus and downtown. Now they have one set in asphalt. (Daily Times)

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