Regional Recap, June 30, 2011

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Immigrant Tuition Bill Delayed By Petition. One of the most high-profile measures approved by the Maryland General Assembly this year isn’t among the many bills taking effect this week as scheduled.A petition drive to overturn legislation to allow in-state tuition for certain illegal immigrants has at least delayed the bill from taking effect.Opponents of the measure will be turning in additional signatures on Thursday in an effort to meet the 55,736 they need to put the legislation on next year’s ballot. Because local elections boards have until July 20 to verify the signatures, the measure won’t take effect on Friday as scheduled.

Local Pharmacies, Doctors Deal With Drug Shortage.  A nationwide drug shortage has some local pharmacies scrambling to fill prescriptions for their customers.These days, certain blood pressure and ADD medications are hard to come by, according to 11 News reporter Sheldon Dutes.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said cancer drugs, anesthetics and some emergency medicine drugs are also on a nationwide list of shortages.

More Schools Targeted For Alleged Cheating. Reading and math scores inched up statewide for students who took the Maryland School Assessments in 2011.In Baltimore City, however, the numbers took a tumble, and the school system’s CEO said more schools are being probed for possible cheating. Andres Alonso also said he is considering a proposal to extend the school week to Saturday.Elementary and middle school reading scores in Baltimore dipped by 3.4 percent, according to 11 News education reporter Tim Tooten. The numbers slid even more in math — almost 5 percent.

Instructor Charged In Sex Assault Of Student. Howard County police have accused a rock climbing instructor of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Columbia.Michael Lyons, 31, of Rockville, was charged with sex abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and other sex offenses.Lyons was an instructor at multiple Earth Treks locations in Maryland, as well as for the U.S. National Climbing Team and USA Climbing. Earth Treks released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying it has terminated Lyons’ employment.

 

 

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