Regional Recap, March 4, 2011

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Crofton Girl Preps For national Spelling Bee.  A Crofton middle school student will represent Anne Arundel County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this summer.Eighth grader Emily Durell is the top speller in Anne Arundel County after winning the county spelling bee last month.”It was crazy. I was kind of in shock. I didn’t realize the magnitude, I guess,” said Durell, who came in second place last year.She said she won this year after putting in hours of hard work with her language arts teacher, Susan Casler, who has coached students for years preparing them for the county event.

Senate Weighs Tuition Break For Children Of Illegal Immigrants. Children of illegal immigrants would get to pay in-state tuition rates for Maryland colleges, but would first have to graduate community college, under a bill making its way through the Maryland Senate.Sen. Victor Ramirez, D-Prince George’s, the bill’s lead sponsor, said Wednesday that senators could take a final vote on the bill early next week.The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee changed the bill to require that children of illegal immigrants complete community college or receive an associate’s degree before they qualify for in-state tuition rates.

NFL Lockout Could Harm Baltimore’s Economy.  While an NFL lockout could mean no football next fall, it could mean a lot more for businesses in and around Baltimore.NFL team owners and NFL players have until midnight Friday to reach a new labor agreement or face a lockout. The main sticking point is money.Owners are looking to double what they take from league revenues for stadium construction and other items, but players argue the share of revenue they take home has gone down in the last several years.Thousands of Ravens fans come out for every home game, but if the stadium sits empty for just one game, it could be devastating to the economy.”It’s our prime season. It’s when we do the bulk of our business. It’s when the staff makes the bulk of their income. We bring on extra people and spend more money in advertising. It just has a trickle-down effect,” said Dave Rather of Mother’s Bar and Grill in Federal Hill.

Healthcare Advocates Make Case For Alcohol Tax. A plan to increase the state alcohol tax by 10 cents a drink may be gaining momentum in Annapolis.Maryland has recently increased the gas tax, the tobacco tax and the sales tax, but the tax on alcohol hasn’t been changed in 38 years, thanks mostly to the state’s powerful alcohol lobby.According to those who support increasing the alcohol tax this year, 10 cents gets more than one would think.The Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute provided a House committee with a new study revealing that in the past three years, the state has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in programs that benefit the developmentally disabled in addiction services, medical assistance and other community health care projects.

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