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House Fails To Pass Teacher Pension Legislation

The Senate approved it, but the House failed to take action on shifting teacher pension costs from the state to Maryland counties. The shift was to have been phased in, beginning with the coming fiscal year. The House and Senate had planned to tie the pension shift into tax increases that would have helped offset the burden.

 

Tensions High Among O’Malley, Miller, and Busch

During a bill signing ceremony this week, tensions were high among Governor Martin O’Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. Governor O’Malley described the budget outcome this week as “pretty much the low point of my experience here.” O’Malley hasn’t said whether he’ll call a special session of the General Assembly, and Senator Miller notes that the state has until July 1st to have a special session to pass a plan to avoid the budget cuts that were made on Monday. The Governor did sign over 100 bills passed during this session.

 

Senator Cardin to Visit Western Maryland

Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin will be visiting Western Maryland today . He’ll arrive at Frostburg State University to teach a political class at 9:30 a.m. About an hour later, he will announce a grant for $300,000, benefitting FSU, The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council. His final stop will be at noon, when he attends the meeting of the Greater Cumberland Committee at the Cumberland Country Club.

 

Polk Street Parking discussed at Council Meeting

A Polk Street resident spoke at last night’s Cumberland Mayor and City Council meeting, on the issue of parking problems on his street. Joe Delosier, however, says he is finished “fighting city hall,” and will move out of the city. The parking issue has been a problem for several years, as residents had to compete for spaces with students from the nearby International Beauty School. Delosier presented a petition with about 15 signatures from his neighbors, made his comments and promptly left the meeting before city officials could respond to his concerns.

 

Woman, Children Injured in Crash

Keyser, West Virginia resident Samantha Strother and her two children suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision on Route 36 near Frostburg yesterday morning. Ms. Strother was hit from behind by another vehicle, driven by Frostburg resident Connie Iman, while waiting to turn into the Burger King restaurant, off of Route 36. Ms. Iman was issued a citation for negliegent driving.

 

Domestic Incident Results in Arrest

A Greene Street man was held on $45,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center, following a Tuesday incident. Twenty-three year old James Steven Whittington is accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend; police had been at the residence earlier in the day, but Whittington allegedly held her against her will, and was unable to answer the door when police arrived. Whittington was charged with second-degree assault, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.

 

Canal Place Authority to Hold Open House

The Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, in partnership with the National Park Service and the city of Cumberland, will host an open house on Wednesday, April 25th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Canal Place Hertiage Area Management Plan Update. The meeting will be held at the Western Maryland Railroad Station, on the second floor. Interested parties may stop in anytime during those hours. The project is being undertaken to develop recommendations for project areas and opportunities associated with the authority.

 

SHA To Replace Oakland Drive in Garrett County

The Maryland State Highway Administration will mill and surface one mile of Oakland Drive, just east of Route 219 in Mountain Lake Park, beginning this Monday night. Work will include milling, patching, resurfacing and restriping Oakland Drive, between Route 135 and Deer Park Avenue. Work will take place Sunday through Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. The project is part of a $4.1 million area wide resurfacing contract, awarded to Keystone Lime Company of Springs, Pennsylvania.

 

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