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Ban or Regulate Kratom? State Lawmakers Weigh Approaches to Herbal Supplement

The American Kratom Association is lobbying lawmakers to adopt regulations that set ground rules for the supplement, which the FDA advises people not to consume, instead of joining six states that ban it as a controlled substance.

Recycling Labels Don’t Reflect Reality for Local Governments

A local government official says the federal government could help by setting standards that make clear what plastics are recyclable.

Ensuring That People Can Easily Understand the Ballot Measures They’re Voting On

A Maryland bill would set new guidelines for describing proposals put on the ballot in plain language.

A Town Moves Forward After Two 'Thousand-Year' Storms

After two historic floods in less than two years, officials in Ellicott City, Maryland, are putting their hopes in a long-term rebuilding plan that officials say aims to balance recovery and resiliency with historic preservation.

On-Site Health Care Could Help Seniors Stay at Home

Forty affordable housing complexes are in an innovative federal program.

Digital Driver’s Licenses Could Become a Real Option in Some States

Several states have run pilots for digital driver’s licenses, which would allow residents to supplement plastic ID cards with smartphone apps. But as the technology becomes more of a reality, experts are worried about the privacy implications.

States Move Ahead With Digital License Plates

Maryland is the latest state to launch a pilot program to test the technology for consumer use.

‘Peace Cross’ Ruling is Likely to Insulate Older Religious Displays From Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court decision will allow a cross-shaped war memorial on public land in Maryland to stay put. But it has broader implications as well.

Maryland Has Created a Truth Commission on Lynchings—Can It Deliver?

COMMENTARY | In April 2019, the state of Maryland established a truth commission to investigate the lynchings of at least 40 African Americans between 1854 and 1933.

Composting, Clean-Ups and Comprehensive Planning to Combat Litter

Prince George's County, Maryland, has struggled for years with litter. Officials have launched a multi-year, multi-pronged effort to tackle it.

Virginia Prepares for the Arrival of Amazon’s HQ2

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Finding History Along the Highway

State archeologists in Maryland are digging up the history of slavery in the state, connecting the DNA of an enslaved woman who lived on a plantation 200 years ago to modern-day descendants in Sierra Leone.

How Historic Ellicott City Plans to Survive the Next Flood

After catastrophic storms in 2016 and 2018, the Maryland mill town has five flood control plans. But it faces hard choices on how to avoid future disasters.

Baltimore Mayor Takes Health-Related Leave as Book Scandal Grows

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Shedding More Light on Fees a State Pension Fund Pays Wall Street

A bill in Maryland aims to do so. But provisions to restrict the investment fees have been stripped from the measure.

Maryland Races to Be First State to Ban Foam Containers and Cups

The clock is ticking on a compromise bill that either Gov. Larry Hogan will sign or both chambers might pass with veto-proof majorities.

Where Unpaid Water Bills Can Mean Losing a Home

Some cities slap liens on homes for unpaid bills, then sell those liens to the highest bidder.

‘Peace Cross’ Case Could Affect Hundreds of Monuments, States Say

States and localities argue the U.S. Supreme Court should use the case of the 40-foot cross to provide “clear guidance” on war memorials that use religious motifs.