Regional Recap, March 11, 2010

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Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

More Counties Electing School Board Members.  If you want to become a local school board member, your only way in may be through an election because that’s what more local school boards are leaning toward over appointments.Many school members said they are among the overworked and underpaid, but they’re often the ones who have the final say in changing school curriculum and policies.

Maryland Zoo Prepares To Re-Open This Weekend.  The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is squeezing out its final repairs before this weekend’s reopening.The zoo was supposed to open two weeks ago but had to delay because of the damage from last month’s blizzards.The gates open on Saturday. Admission this weekend is only $5.The first 250 children to enter get free animal crackers.

Bill Would Reward Medicaid Fraud Whistle-Blowers. The governor’s effort to curb medical fraud is meeting resistance in Annapolis from medical providers.Medical fraud, waste and abuse costs Maryland taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.The O’Malley administration is going after that money through legislation that would give those who blow the whistle on fraudulent acts a cut of the proceeds gained from civil action against the accused.

Bill Sets Minimum Age For Tanning Bed Use.  People under 18 would no longer be allowed to use tanning beds in Maryland under legislation being considered by the state General Assembly. Representatives from the American Academy of Dermatology Association, the Maryland Coalition for the Prevention of Skin Cancer and the American Cancer Society are scheduled to testify for the legislation Wednesday.

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