Maryland: Politics Senate candidates get national...

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August 26, 2006

Maryland: Politics

Senate candidates get national airing

The candidates have yet to be determined, but at least one debate in the Maryland race for U.S. Senate has been scheduled - and for live national television.

Meet the Press will air a debate between the winners of next month's Democratic and Republican primaries live from Washington, NBC News said this week. The debate, to be moderated by Tim Russert, will air Oct. 29, nine days before the general election to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin and former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, the front-runners for the Democratic nomination, and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, who faces only nominal opposition in the Republican primary, all have agreed to appear on the program, executive producer Betsy Fischer said yesterday.

It will be the last debate in a series focusing on closely contested Senate seats to be aired during September and October, Fischer said. Other states to be featured include Pennsylvania, where Democratic state Treasurer Bob Casey is challenging Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, and Virginia, where former Navy Secretary James H. Webb Jr., a Democrat. is attempting to unseat Sen. George Allen.

MATTHEW HAY BROWN

WICOMICO COUNTY: SALISBURY

Spill prompts fish, swim ban

Parts of the Wicomico River are closed to swimmers and fishermen after 43,000 gallons of untreated sewage leaked into the river Thursday morning.

Authorities say the leak came during a routine upgrade of Salisbury's 50-year-old Northside Pump Station.

John Jacobs, director of the city Public Works Department, said warning signs have been posted along the river and that it won't be safe until Sept. 7 or so. Jacobs said the water will be tested over the next two to three weeks to monitor for bacteria levels.

Straw bales were placed in the street to absorb the waste and block storm-water inlets. Police helped control the leak, which was eventually cleaned by vacuum trucks and street sweepers.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

TALBOT COUNTY: ST. MICHAELS

Development is put on hold

A proposed housing development on the Miles River has been put on hold while authorities investigate whether a proposed buffer marsh would harm the river.

The developer of the proposed Miles Point project was to build a marshy buffer 150 feet wide to prevent runoff into the river. But Ted Doyle, president of the St. Michaels Town Commission, said concerns have been raised about what the marsh would do to marine life on the river's bottom.

The Maryland Department of the Environment, the Army Corps of Engineers and other groups will review the marsh plan, Doyle said.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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