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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2011
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has added Baltimore and Baltimore County to the list of 13 Maryland counties eligible for federal disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irene. FEMA and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said the federal aid will support local recovery expenditures by state and local governments and some private, non-profit organizations. Eligible work includes the replacement and repair damaged roads, bridges, buildings, utilities, recreation areas and other public facilities.
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BUSINESS
October 22, 1998
The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared nine Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore counties that suffered severe drought damage this summer federal disaster areas yesterday.To qualify, the counties had to have posted at least a 30 percent loss of a major crop. The counties are: Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Dorchester, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester.A disaster declaration makes farmers in those counties eligible to apply for low-interest loans to help finance next year's planting.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
Members of Maryland's congressional delegation asked the Obama administration Thursday to reconsider its decision to deny federal disaster aid to Garrett County residents walloped by an October snowstorm. In a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator W. Craig Fugate, the lawmakers said the weather system — produced by Hurricane Sandy — cut power to the county for a week and damaged 23 homes. "Garrett County was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Sandy, and the people of Western Maryland will remember this storm and the damage it did for a long time," said Rep. John Delaney, a Montgomery County lawmaker who signed the letter, along with Sens.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2011
Baltimore County will receive more than $4 million in federal funds to help cover the costs of snow cleanup after the back-to-back blizzards in February last year. The assistance, approved Wednesday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will cover 75 percent of the county's spending on snow removal, including labor and overtime, road salt and contractor services. It represents a 75 percent federal share of the county's spending. FEMA officials said they had also approved more than $1 million in weather disaster assistance to the State Highway Administration, and almost $6.5 million to Montgomery County.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2010
Maryland will receive more than $15.4 million in federal disaster funds to help state and local governments and some private, non-profit organizations replenish funds expended during last winter's snow storms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $14.1 million for costs incurred during the Dec. 18-20 blizzard, and another $1.3 million for expenditures during the Feb. 5-11 storms. Three-quarters of the funds will be made available right away, the agency said. The rest will follow as paperwork is processed.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 23, 1992
LOS ANGELES -- Seeming to relish what some describe as a role of "attack dog" for his boss, Vice President Dan Quayle yesterday added a controversial rapper's song to his list of targets for criticism.Commenting on Time Warner Inc., the parent company of the record label that released a song called "Cop Killer" by Ice T, Mr. Quayle said: "Here is a very influential corporation, supporting and making money off a record that suggests it's OK to kill cops. I find that outrageous."The vice president's arrival in Southern California coincided with President Bush's signing into law a $1 billion emergency urban aid and summer jobs package.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Maryland will receive federal disaster funding to help pay for snow-clearing efforts from a February storm that left a foot and a half of accumulation across parts of the region in a single day, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday. No cost estimate from the storm has been released by the state, so it isn't clear how much funding Maryland could get. The funding, distributed through the state, will assist eligible local governments and nonprofits "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties," according to FEMA.
NEWS
By Frank Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2010
Baltimore will receive $2.25 million in federal disaster aid for a December snowstorm, thanks to a re-evaluation of the accumulations recorded for the city during the storm. The city failed to qualify for President Barack Obama's initial disaster declaration for Maryland because of conservative storm totals. BWI Marshall Airport initially recorded 21.1 inches in the first storm. But the total was later revised to 18 inches after the discovery of measuring errors forced the weather service to use its most conservative airport measurements, according to Stephen Zubrick, science and operations officer at the National Weather Service's forecast office in Sterling, Va. To qualify for disaster aid, the city had to have received at least 20.7 inches, said Baltimore's emergency management chief, Robert Maloney.
NEWS
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun reporter | May 23, 2008
A legislative oversight committee approved tough new regulations yesterday aimed at restoring the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population by significantly cutting the harvest of female crabs. The rules - approved over the protests of watermen and Eastern Shore lawmakers - mean the season for females will end Oct. 23, about two months early. The rules also impose limits on how many bushels of females watermen can catch. State officials said they had no choice but to impose stiff measures because the crab population has fallen precipitously.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1998
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest forecasts on the fall harvest yesterday, and there was nothing comforting in the numbers for Maryland grain farmers suffering through a second consecutive year of serious drought."
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