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ANNAPOLIS - Senators reached a compromise on a death penalty repeal bill Wednesday, sending it to a final vote without any additional amendments. The orderly proceedings stood in marked contrast to the confusion of the previous day, when the Senate passed two amendments that effectively undermined the repeal nature of the bill. Several senators who had brought amendments to the floor Wednesday agreed to shelve them in favor of the compromise. Slug: CNS-Repeal Compromise. About 650 words.
By Michael Frost.<
WASHINGTON - Police executives from Frederick and Montgomery counties were to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday about their experiences with an immigration enforcement program that makes local law enforcement an arm of the federal immigration police, a program that a new GAO report accused of being inadequately supervised, disorganized and unclear in its goals. Slug: CNS-Maryland ICE. About 700 words. Developing.
By Megan Miller.<
ANNAPOLIS - Prince George's County high school students would have to complete a semester-long course in financial literacy before they graduate, if a bill heard in Senate Wednesday becomes law. The county will bear $4.6 million of the cost to implement the financial literacy program, including hiring the 53 teachers analysts say would be needed. The courses would be taught beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. Slug: CNS-Financial Literacy. About 500 words.
By Erika Woodward.<
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held its second hearing on the improvement of childhood nutrition during these difficult economic times. Dr. David Paige, a Johns Hopkins professor representing the Women, Infants and Children feeding program, advocated that the expansion of WIC would not only ensure the health and nutrition of low-income families but for the country overall. Slug: CNS-Expanding WIC. About 400 words.
By Lauren C. Williams.<
ANNAPOLIS - Lawmakers pushed for a bill that would extend eligibility for state health care to all children in Maryland at a press conference and hearing. Developing. Slug: CNS-Children's Health. About 500 words.
By Erich Wagner.<
University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism