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Joshua Garner

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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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Ben Jealous to Be Honored by Progressive Maryland

NAACP Leader Among Honorees at Annual Gala

Ben Jealous is among those who will be recognized at this year's Progressive Maryland Awards Gala.

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Pepco Plans Higher Rates in Maryland

Utility Company Wants $4.80 Increase

Residents in Maryland could soon see increases under a plan by a major utility company to raise rates by as much as $4.80.

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P.G. County Approves Minimum Wage Increase

More cash will end up in the wallets of minimum wage workers in Prince George's County thanks to the county council's approval of legislation that will bump hourly earnings to $11.50 by 2017.

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Mel Franklin, Will Campos to Lead P.G. County Council

Prince George's County Councilman Mel Franklin has been elected as chair of the council after a Tuesday vote by fellow members.

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Google Ads Appear on P.G. Schools Website

Google advertisements are making their way to home page of the Prince George's County Public Schools system's website while generating funds for scholarship programs, according to reports.

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P.G. County Council Taps New Leadership

New leadership is set to take the helm of the Prince George's County Council as members vote Tuesday to elect a new chair and vice chair.

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Roses' Grand Opening in Forestville Continues Revitalization Effort

Officials in Prince George's County are hoping the opening of a new discount store can help revitalize the Forestville Shopping Center.

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Prince George County's Tanger Outlets Launches Amid Fanfare

Efforts to rebrand Prince George’s County as an upscale destination point in the region received a jolt this past week with the opening of the Tanger Outlets near National Harbor in Oxon Hill.

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Upscale Dining Options Expanding in Prince George's County

Copper Canyon Grill Opens at Woodmore Town Center

Residents in Prince George's County will have a deluge of upscale establishments opening this week.

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Wal-Mart Plots Oxon Hill Development

After Delay, Plans Progress for Store Near National Harbor

Just days before a high-end outlet mall is set to open in Oxon Hill, Wal-Mart has reignited its plans to bring a Supercenter to southern Prince George's County.

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Budget Cuts Ground Joint Base Andrews Air Show

Event Cancelled for 2014 to Save $2 million

Plans for the return of a popular air show at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County have been scrapped due to budget cuts, according to news reports.

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NAACP Petitions Md. Governor to Suspend Foreclosures

A coalition of community groups led by the Prince George’s County Chapter of the NAACP is calling on Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to suspend home foreclosures in the state and to investigate allegations of irregularities in foreclosure proceedings.

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P.G. County Councilman Plays the Blues

Derrick Leon Davis Gives Students a Lesson in Civics, the Arts

Students at the Washington New Church School in Mitchellville received a special lesson in civics and the performing arts from Prince George's County Councilman Derrick Leon Davis of Mitchellville and the Bowie-based Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education.

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Stalled Hyattsville Development Shows Signs of Life

Plans for University Town Center Make Progres

A $1 billion mixed-use development in Prince George's County that stalled during the 2008 recession is showing signs of life under legislation that could help bring a grocery store and additional tenants to the project.

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Emmett V. Jordan Elected as Greenbelt's First Black Mayor

After more than 75 years, Greenbelt, Md., this week elected its first black mayor.

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Braveboy Announces Run for Md. Attorney General

P.G. Delegate Would Be First Female, African-American to Hold Office

After building a reputation on helping communities receive adequate legal representation, Maryland Del. Aisha Braveboy has announced she's making a run for the attorney general’s office.

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Incumbents Clinch Victories in Prince George's County Elections

Familiar Faces Return to Municipal Government in the County

Challengers were shut out by their incumbent rivals in a spate of municipal elections in Prince George's County on Tuesday.

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Maxwell Focuses on Teacher Retention, Programs

New Schools' Leader Provides Progress Report

Teacher retention and building strong academic programs topped the agenda of the new CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools in a progress update given to county council members during a hearing last week.

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P.G. County Narrows Economic Development Focus

Prince George's County officials told residents during a town hall meeting this week that the county would continue to target key industries as a means to increase revenue and expand the county's commercial tax base.

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Company's Relocation Could Cost P.G. County 450 Jobs

Computer Sciences Corp. to Shutter New Carrolton Office

As many as 450 workers in Prince George's County could lose their jobs or be relocated from their current office space as one of the county's largest private employers announced it would vacate from its current location in New Carrolton, according to news reports.

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P.G. County Officials, Business Owners Ready for Awards Gala

Prince George's County business owners will mingle Friday night with local and state elected leaders during the Excellence in Business Awards Gala in College Park.

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P.G. County to Hold Economic Development Town Hall Meeting

Meeting to Focus on Economic Development, Smart Growth

Prince George's County residents curious about recent gains the county has made in economic development will get a chance to address officials during a town hall meeting next week in District Heights.

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National Harbor Casino Hearing Draws Support, Criticism

Supporters Clash with Opponents over Casino Location

The race to award a casino license for a proposed gaming location in Prince George’s County reached its climax last week during a heated public hearing over a proposed location at National Harbor.

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Shuttered Prince George's Boys and Girls Club Reopens

Nearly three years after closing its doors for renovations, the Landover/Palmer Park Boys and Girls Club reopened to the community during its fall festival.

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Growth in P.G. Home Sales Could Increase County Budget

Increased Property Sales Tax Revenues Generate $6.2M for Agencies

Agencies within the Prince George's County government could see a few extra dollars in their 2014 budgets under proposed legislation that would increase the general budget by $6.2 million.

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Md. Attorney General Criticized for Failing to Stop Teen Drinking at Party

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler told reporters at a press conference this week that stopping a house party where teenagers where were presumed to be drinking alcohol was not his focus.

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P.G. County Proposes Funding For Small Business

Economic Development Incentive Could be Made Available to Small Businesses

Millions of dollars in funding could be made available to small business owners in Prince George’s County under a proposed plan that would expand the county’s Economic Development Incentive fund.

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P.G. County Launches Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

Advocates Applaud Program Aimed at Helping Domestic Abuse

A coalition of agencies in Prince George’s County government are partnering to launch a campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence with a special hotline aimed at giving resources to county residents in need of help.

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Developers Make Final Push for P.G. County Casino License

Three developers hoping to snag a coveted gambling license to build a half billion-dollar casino in Prince George's County have begun make their closing remarks in front of a Maryland gaming commission this week.

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Shutdown Weighs on Prince George's Food Pantries

Volunteers at food pantries in southern Prince George’s County said that the government shutdown has caused a spike in clients requesting food and other items.

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Fort Washington Residents Aim High with Proposed Casino

Thomas Taylor and Ronnie Elam aren't your average casino developers.

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P.G. County Schools Seek Input on 2015 Budget

Forum Will be Held Wednesday Evening

Mulling the need for funding to support media arts and technology, Prince George's County Public Schools will be seeking input from the community for its fiscal 2015 budget during a community forum Wednesday night.

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MGM National Harbor Donates Coats to P.G. County Students

Hospitality Company Partners with County Schools for Coat Drive

This winter may be a little warmer for students at Glassmanor Elementary School in Oxon Hill after MGM National Harbor and Prince George's County Public Schools partnered to deliver 500 coats, hats and gloves to county schools.

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Community Groups Maneuver to Halt Proposed National Harbor Casino

Stakes Run High in Last-Minute Push for Input

With only days before a Maryland commission will begin the process of selecting the location of a proposed casino in Prince George’s County, a consortium of community groups are scrambling to halt plans for a casino at National Harbor.

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Coalition Eyes Higher Minimum Wage

Area residents earning minimum wage could soon see bumps in their pay over the next few years under jointly proposed legislation in the District, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

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Laurel Prep Program Provides Second Chances

Fifth-Year Students Have an Opportunity to Excel in Sports, Academics

The Laurel Prep Academy, an alternative education facility, has given many fifth-year high school students a second chance to score higher grades and impress college admission officers.

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P.G. County Joins Regional Coalition For Higher Minimum Wage

Members of the Prince George's County Council will join leaders from the District and Montgomery County Wednesday to announce their collaboration to raise the minimum wage in each jurisdiction to $11.50 by 2016.