December 18, 2011
Maryland officials are working behind the scenes to lure the FBI's headquarters to the state from its longtime home base in downtown Washington as the agency seeks an updated building to carry out its expanded counterterrorism and cyber crime missions. If successful, the effort would land nearly 12,000 jobs and a 2.1 million square-foot office complex in Prince George's County, making it one of the largest economic development coups in years. Its impact would rival the immense footprint in the state of the Social Security Administration, which has its headquarters in Woodlawn.
December 30, 2013
Maryland has lost its bid to be a Federal Aviation Administration test site for drones, but officials still expect the state to be involved in federal research into how the unmanned aircraft may safely be flown in U.S. airspace. Virginia was one of six states chosen Monday by the FAA. Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey signed an agreement this year to collaborate on drone research. As a result, Maryland officials said, personnel and facilities in all three states will play a role in the FAA testing.
March 7, 2014
Maryland officials Friday ordered Starion Energy, a Connecticut-based company licensed to sell electricity in parts of Maryland, to pay $350,000 for multiple violations of state law, including more than 100 instances in which it enrolled, or re-enrolled customers without consent. The penalty is the Public Service Commission's most severe yet against a retail energy supplier. The commission imposed a $60,000 fine on Viridian in 2012 and a $100,000 fine on North American Power & Gas in 2011.
September 19, 2013
The prospect of filling every seat at M&T Bank Stadium for Saturday's matchup between Maryland and West Virginia seemed promising when the game was first booked a little more than two years ago. Both the Terps and Mountaineers were coming off bowl games and had made coaching changes to energize their respective fan bases. Although the game might not sell out - 55,000 tickets have been sold as of Thursday morning, according to Maryland deputy athletic director Nathan Pine - the makeup of the crowd in terms of the allegiance to the respective teams could be noticeable.
October 24, 2011
Can you challenge the logic behind Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to give $9.5 million in taxpayer money to Bechtel Corp.? No governor wants to lose 1,250 jobs to a neighboring state. Especially if he's a Democrat and the neighbor, Virginia, has a Republican governor bragging about low taxes. Especially if he recently lost another economic development contest when Northrop Grumman chose Fairfax County, Va., instead of Montgomery County, Md., for its headquarters. This time O'Malley won!
January 18, 2014
Critics said Saturday that the latest problem to hit Maryland's online health exchange - an incorrect help-line number that directed hundreds of callers to a Seattle-based pottery business - was another symptom of the poorly operating website. "You can't make this stuff up, and I guess if it wasn't so serious, it could be funny," said Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley, a Frederick County Republican. The website mistakenly listed a 1-800 number that sent some Marylanders attempting to pick a health insurance provider to Seattle Pottery Supply instead of Maryland's call center.