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Joshua Garner

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Contentious Races Brewing in P.G. County

Politicians in southern Prince George's County are gearing up for one of the most competitive election cycles in recent years due to an influx of candidates challenging incumbents' seats.

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Calls for FBI Relocation to Maryland Intensify

A campaign by Maryland officials to draw the FBI headquarters from Washington, D.C. to a site in Prince George's County struck a high note this week during a rally that drummed up support for the bureau to make the move.

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$3.4B Proposed for Prince George's County Budget

A larger police force, increased spending for public schools, and expanded hours at public libraries are being proposed under a $3.4 billion budget Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III announced last week.

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Prince George’s County Briefs: County Executive Baker Honors Youth

Young athletes in Prince George's County are being honored by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III for their national athletic achievements.

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Developer Donates $1M to Teach for America

Classrooms in Prince George's County maybe getting more assistance from a national education nonprofit after the developer of National Harbor pledged a $1 million donation to the organization.

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New Health Center Arrives in Prince George's County

A new program designed to expand medical services in underserved communities has residents in the Capitol Heights area of Prince George's County on the road to wellness, after the opening of a state-of-the-art medical facility.

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Deficit Looms Over P.G. County Budget

Officials in Prince George's County are warning residents and elected leaders that the county is facing another $100 million budget deficit as the county executive prepares to deliver his budget proposal to the county council later this month.

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Feds Could Shell Out $100M for Purple Line

A federal agency has recommended funding $100 million toward the proposed Purple Line railway project in Maryland.

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P.G. County To Hold Meeting on New Regional Medical Center

Officials in Prince George's County will hold a meeting Saturday, March 1 in Largo to discuss health care and the new regional medical center.

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Calls for Foreclosure Moratorium Intensify

A consortium of community and civil rights groups are pressuring Maryland legislators to commit to a six month moratorium on foreclosures in the state amid concerns of irregularities in the proceedings.

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P.G. County School Board OKs $1.8B Budget

The Prince George’s County Board of Education approved the proposed $1.75 billion fiscal 2015 budget in a unanimous vote in Upper Marlboro last week.

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P.G. County Exec Baker Officially Begins Bid for Second Term

Prince George's County could see another four years of Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

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More Days Could Be Added to School Calendar In P.G. County

Winter Closings Could Extend Year

An extended school year could be in store for in Prince George's County students after weather cancellations have caused the schools system to exhaust its allotment of snow days.

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Church Chronicles History, Pastor's Struggles

When Rev. Perry Smith walked through the doors of First Baptist Church of North Brentwood in 1958 as pastor, he only planned to lead the church for two years. Instead, he opted to stay and for more than 50 years Smith led one of the oldest black churches in Prince George's County.

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P.G. County Architecture Firm To Consult for National Harbor Casino Project

A Temple Hills-based architect firm has been selected to provide management consulting services to MGM National Harbor for the construction of its casino resort, MGM announced Tuesday.

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P.G. County AG Gansler 'Out of Touch,' Lawmakers Say

A group of elected leaders in Prince George's County are calling comments made by Attorney General Doug F. Gansler regarding economic development in the county "out of touch" and "irresponsible."

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Casino Training Facility Trumps P.G. County Community Center

Residents in Fort Washington, Md., who had hoped an old school building could be converted into a community center now say they are irked by a decision to turn the building into a training facility for an impending casino.

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Program Educates Youth on Dating Violence

Patrice George realized she became the victim of domestic abuse after police charged her boyfriend with the murder of her infant son.

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Biggest Snowstorm in 4 Years Bears Down on D.C. Region

Yet another winter storm is bearing down on the D.C. region — and forecasters say it could be the biggest to hit in four years.

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P.G. County Residents to Weigh In on National Harbor Casino

Input Sought for Community Benefit Agreement

Prince George's County residents hoping to give their input on plans to bring a casino to National Harbor near Oxon Hill will have a chance to weigh in during Tuesday's county council meeting.

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P.G. County Among Md.'s Top Recyclers

Prince George's County now ranks among the top recycling jurisdictions in Maryland, surging past eight other counties to land in third place in recycling efforts in waste diversion.

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P.G. County's Graduation Rate Creeps Upward

The graduation rate for Prince George's County Public Schools has inched upward, according to new data released by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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Purple Line Nears Crucial Junction

State Leaders Discuss Prospects As Federal Funding Decision Looms

State and local leaders in Maryland are bracing for a springtime decision from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on the fate of the proposed $2.2 billion Purple Line.

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P.G. County Exec Baker to Hold Budget Meeting

Will Preview Plans for Proposed Budget

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is prepping a rollout of his proposed fiscal 2015 budget during a public hearing Tuesday night in Upper Marlboro.

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Hyattsville Development Pushes Forward

Safeway, Retail Planned for University Town Center

A development project that planners hope will revitalize the University Town Center in Hyattsville, Md., is moving forward with a grocery store and retail development.

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P.G. County Eyes Diversity Initiative

Task Force Formed to Diversify Government

Officials in Prince George's County government are hoping to diversify their ranks with the formation of a special task force aimed at outreach to immigrant communities.

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P.G. County Schools CEO Wraps Up 100-School Tour

The CEO of Prince George's County Public Schools is making his last stop on a 100-school tour he pledged to make shortly after taking the helm of the school district.

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Obama to Hit P.G. County on Economy Tour

President to Visit Costco Following State of Union Address

President Barack Obama will venture back into Prince George's County on Wednesday following his State of the Union address.

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Md. Gov. O'Malley Says State Is Stronger, Progressive in Final Address

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday during his final State of the State address in Annapolis that his administration has produced a stronger, leaner and more innovative state.

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P.G. County Delegate Does About-Face on Speed Cameras

Less than two weeks after withdrawing legislation that would have expanded the operating hours of speed cameras in Prince George's County, a state lawmaker is now pushing a bill that would prohibit use of the devices during holidays and summer breaks.

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D.C. Region Readies for More Snow, Frigid Temperatures

Less than two weeks after a "polar vortex" blasted across the nation, the D.C. region steeled Tuesday for another cold front expected to deliver as much as 10 inches of snow.

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P.G. County Warns Businesses of Fire-Inspection Scam

Prince George's County is warning business owners to look out for scammers offering to perform fire inspections at a discounted rate.

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Push to Raise Minimum Wage Gains Momentum

Braveboy Introduces Bill to Raise Hourly Wage to $10.10

A Maryland lawmaker is poised this week to introduce legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.

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Legislation Scrapped for 24-Hour Speed Cameras in P.G. County

Lawmaker Withdraws Legislation

A Prince George's County lawmaker said he plans to scrap legislation that would have allowed nearly 100 speed cameras in the county to operate 24 hours a day.

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Md. Leaders Call for Increased School Funding

The County Executives from Prince George's, Montgomery and Baltimore Counties stood together Tuesday in unity to announce that they will work together to develop legislation requesting additional funding for school modernization and construction.

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P.G. County Lawmaker Proposes 24/7 Speed Cameras

Prince George's County residents could soon see 24-hour speed cameras under a proposal by one lawmaker in Annapolis.

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P.G. County's Maxwell Named National Finalist for Top Superintendent

The CEO of Prince George's County Public Schools has been named a finalist for the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.

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Maryland Among Nation's Most Energy-Efficient

Maryland has again been ranked among the nation's most energy-efficient states, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

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P.G. County Braces For Cold

Agencies within Prince George's County are bracing for the impact of record-low temperatures expected to hit the region Tuesday.

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P.G. County Crime Reaches Record Low

Officials in Prince George’s County are boasting that residents are safer now than they have been since 1986 after county crime stats for the past year showed a continued decline in violent crime rates.

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P.G. County Sacks Use of Plastic Compost Bags

Prince George's County officials are urging residents to note a new law banning plastic compost bags that took effect Jan. 1.

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Lower Tolls Mulled for Md.'s ICC Highway

Lawmakers in Maryland are hoping to form plans to seek a reduction in tolls for the ICC, an 18-mile highway that stretches from Gaithersburg in Montgomery County to Laurel in Prince George's County, according to reports.

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Radio One to Invest $40M in National Harbor Casino

Black-Owned Media Company Partners with MGM

A planned casino in National Harbor recently approved by a state gaming commission now has a multimillion-dollar investment deal with a Maryland-based media company.

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P.G. County Councilwoman Gives Residents Year in Review

Toles Highlights Legislative Session

Quality developments, improvements to area community centers, schools and public safety top the highlights of a legislative year roundup given by Prince George's County Councilwoman Karen Toles to her constituents.

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MGM Hits the Jackpot: National Harbor Chosen as Location for P.G. County Casino

A Las Vegas-style casino is setting sail for National Harbor after a Maryland gaming commission ruled that the development would be the site of the sixth gaming location in the state.

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Push For P.G. County Casino Nears End

The day before a Maryland commission will announce the winning bidder of a casino to be built in Prince George's County, the three developers vying for the contract have made a final push to sway favor.

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Christmas Celebration Play Continues to Charm

Evangel Temple's Holiday Production Enters 23rd Year

It’s rare when a Broadway-style production occurs in suburban Maryland, and it may be even rarer when it’s produced by a church. But for 23 years, Evangel Temple Cathedral in Upper Marlboro has made their annual Christmas Celebration a must-see event.

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P.G. County Exec Baker to Sign Minimum Wage Bill

Higher earnings for workers in Prince George's County will become a reality Tuesday as County Executive Rushern L. Baker III approves a bill to increase the minimum wage.

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P.G. County to Host Crime Prevention Forum for Businesses

Prince George's County business owners looking to ensure safe working environments in their establishments will get a chance to learn about best practices and other tips during a crime prevention and emergency response forum on Wednesday.

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$1.7B Budget Proposed For Prince George's Co. Schools

New Chief Focuses on Arts, Language Programs

Expanding full-day pre-kindergarten, arts and language programs top the list of a proposed $1.7 billion budget for Prince George's County Public Schools.

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