Regional Recap, April 8, 2011

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Tuition Break Meets Fierce Opposition. A bill that would give undocumented students a college tuition break in Maryland has met fierce opposition on the floor of the House of Delegates. Under the proposal, a tuition break for in-state undocumented prospective students is conditional that the student must attend at least three years of high school in Maryland. Additionally, their parent or guardian must have paid state taxes, they have to register for selective service and they must apply for U.S. citizenship.Then, the prospective student would first get an in-state tuition break at a community college. After two years, the student could transfer to a four-year institution and continue to get the in-state tuition break.

Well Wishes Pour In For Brooks Robinson. Fans of Brooks Robinson continue to share their memories and well wishes for the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer as he recuperates at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.Since April 1, more than 350 people have emailed [email protected] and each message has been shared with Robinson. Messages have been received from at least 19 states, and one fan –- a Baltimore native now living in Australia — sent an email from his iPhone.Messages have come from a brain cancer survivor who invited Brooks to a lunch where they could talk baseball, several patients undergoing cancer treatments for whom Brooks is an inspiration, and fellow prostate cancer survivors.

Police Plan Large Scale Search For Missing Teen. A large-scale weekend search of a wooded area is planned as city and federal authorities continue their search for Phylicia Barnes.The North Carolina teenager went missing in late December while visiting relatives in Baltimore, and she hasn’t been seen since.The Baltimore City Police Department said Saturday’s effort will involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as other agencies.

Panel Puts Brakes On Stiffer Penalties For Bicycle Accidents. A proposal to create a new criminal penalty for drivers who fatally hit bicyclists or pedestrians is in trouble in the state Senate.WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins said the concern is the bill, as written, is too broad. For example, a driver could be charged after taking their eyes off the road because they turned the radio dial.A group of bicyclists who took off from Baltimore City Hall to Annapolis on Wednesday in support of the bill support the proposed misdemeanor offense of criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle or vessel. The bill has already cleared the House of Delegates, but, as written, the bill is meeting resistance in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

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