Regional Recap, March 15, 2011

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Union Pension Rally Draws Thousands To Annapolis.  Thousands of people converged on Annapolis on Monday afternoon to attend a rally to protest pension changes.Patrick Moran, director of the Maryland chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said participants in the rally were walking from the Navy Marine Corps Stadium to the State House. State unions said their members have already endured years of furloughs and frozen wages. They said changes to the pension system are another unfair burden.Gov. Martin O’Malley has proposed changes to address a troubling $19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and $16 billion in retiree health liabilities.

MD Senators Pass Illegal Immigrant In-State Tuition Bill.  Maryland senators have passed the bill that gives an in-state tuition break to undocumented students. The bill, passed in a 27-20 vote Monday night, still must be approved by the House of Delegates before going to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has said he would sign it. During debate, Sen. Victor Ramirez, the bill sponsor who immigrated legally as a child from El Salvador, told opponents that voting against the bill would not solve problems relating to people living illegally in the state. He said the legislation was needed to help people who live here reach their potential and contribute as much as possible to the state. “It’s about education,” Ramirez, D-Prince George’s, said. “It’s not about immigration.”

MD State trooper Save Baby Along Highway In Pasadena. A Maryland state trooper on his way to work Monday helped a couple whose newly born baby wasn’t breathing.Sgt. Daniel McLain stopped on Route 100 near Route 10 just before 8 a.m. to help what he thought was a disabled motorist.He approached a man and the vehicle and saw that a woman in the backseat had just given birth.”The trooper saw the baby was blue and was still attached to the umbilical cord,” state police said in a news release. “Without hesitation, Sgt. McLain immediately began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on the newborn.”The baby responded to the CPR and began breathing, police said. The mother and child were taken by ambulance to Greater Baltimore Medical Center and were said to be doing well. Their names weren’t released.McLain is a 20-year-veteran of the Maryland State Police.

Japanese Students Arrive In MD After Quake.  A group of Japanese high school students who weren’t directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami managed to make their way to Anne Arundel County on a scheduled trip to exchange cultural and educational practices.Students at Arundel High School have a partnership with Sagami-Ono High School in Japan. Two teachers and more than 20 students from the school arrived in Maryland on Saturday for a week as part of the county’s global citizenship program.”I want to communicate with many people, and I want to study my English. I want to speak English more fluently,” said 11th grader Misato Sugawara.The students said they’re especially happy to be in the U.S. because they weren’t sure they would make it after the earthquake. The students go to school about three hours away from the epicenter.

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