The Week That Was

April 16, 2006

BGE rate compromise dies

Negotiations aimed at averting a 72 percent electric rate increase for BGE customers broke down when the General Assembly's 2006 session adjourned.

Veto reversed on schools takeover

Maryland senators reversed Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s veto of a bill to delay the state's planned takeover of 11 failing Baltimore schools.

Huge one-month gas-price spike

Maryland gasoline prices have surged 39 cents a gallon in a month - the largest March-to-April increase in gas prices in Maryland since 2002.

Baltimore County budget is up 10%

Flush with extra revenue from a booming real estate market, Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. proposed a $1.6 billion budget that is 10 percent higher than the current spending plan.

High mercury levels found in fish

Nearly 60 percent of fish taken from Maryland waters show concentrations of mercury at levels unsafe for infants and children, according to a report from the Maryland Public Interest Research Group.

Restaurant owners plead guilty

The owners of Kawasaki restaurants pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore, admitting they hired illegal immigrants as low-wage employees at their three Japanese eateries. They agreed to hand over more than $1.1 million in cash, property and vehicles.

State hospital charges will rise

Under a compromise approved by state rate-setters, Maryland hospital charges will rise by more than 5 percent a year for the next three years - about four-tenths of 1 percent a year below the expected national rate increase.

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