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The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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Grant money gets communities involved in keeping water flowing into Chesapeake Bay clean. (cbtrust.org)

BALTIMORE – More financial support for on the ground environmental restoration programs is on the way to Maryland counties that surround Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced that grants are available. Jana Davis, the group’s executive director, says the money will g

A record number of Americans have turned to solar energy to power their homes. (energy.gov)

TAKOMA PARK, Md. -- Despite President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord, Americans continue to embrace the idea of renewable energy. Forty years ahead of Environmental Protection Agency predictions, output from renewable energy has doubled, and now nearly twenty percent of ele

PTAs raise millions of dollars for schools around the nation, but a new report says most of the money benefits children in more affluent neighborhoods. (Victoria Jordan)

BALTIMORE – A new report looks at how much money is being raised by Parent Teacher Associations across the country, and reveals that schools in wealthy districts benefit the most. The Center for American Progress (CAP) examined the top 50 PTAs in the nation, which raised $43 million in the 2

An event that highlights the work being done to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality is in its 19th year. (stateparks.com)

BALTIMORE – This year's Treasure the Chesapeake Bay Celebration has a couple of new twists. An individual who's worked to restore and preserve the bay is being honored, and the event is being moved from Annapolis to Baltimore. Kelly Swartout, director of development and marketing for the C

Maryland watchdog groups say health insurance affordability and accessibility would be compromised under the American Health Care Act proposed by U.S. House Republicans. (V. Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – On the heels of a report by the Congressional Budget Office that estimates the American Health Care Act would mean 24 million people would lose their health insurance, opponents of the plan in Maryland say they're gearing up for what could be a long battle. Vincent DiMarco,

Thousands rallied in Annapolis last week as Maryland lawmakers began debating a fracking ban. (Citizen Shale)

BALTIMORE – One of this year's most contentious debates in Maryland centers around whether to ban hydraulic fracking. A moratorium on fracking is set to expire in October. Thirty-seven groups have signed a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan supporting legislation (SB740 and HB1325) to ban fracking i

Opposition is mounting to proposed mega-mergers of chemical companies. (foe.org)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Nearly 325 organizations have signed a letter pressing new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make sure the Justice Department does its job without political interference when it looks at a proposal to let Dow Chemical and DuPont, Monsanto and Bayer, and Syngenta and ChemC

Parents are advised to limit the time children spend on cellphones because radiation could affect a developing brain. (nih.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Evidence is growing that cellphones may not be as safe as many people think they are. Earlier this year, a study by the National Toxicology Program found exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the prevalence of highly malignant heart and brain cancers in rode

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