Regional Recap, March 30, 2012

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UMD Enrollment Increases Come With Bigger Price Tag. The number of students enrolled in Maryland colleges and universities is expected to jump 20 percent over the next decade, but that growth may come at a price.The latest numbers presented to the Board of Regents predicts that enrollment in the University System of Maryland, which represents 13 state colleges and universities, will grow from 156,000 now to more than 186,000, said 11 News education reporter Tim Tooten.

House Preliminarily Approves Wind Energy Bill.  The House of Delegates gave Gov. Martin O’Malley’s wind energy bill preliminary approval Thursday, helping to create the framework to develop a wind farm off the coast of Ocean City.The House made changes to the bill that could reduce the number of offshore wind turbines from 60 to 40, but environmentalists said they are still pleased.

Local Races Also Expected To Help Primary Turnout. Aside from the Republican presidential race, some local marquee races should inspire strong turnout by Maryland’s 1 million registered Republican voters during next week’s primary, according to political analysts.Maryland’s GOP primary is on Tuesday. Thursday is the last day for early voting.

Baltimore Hospital Settles False Claim Allegations. Federal prosecutors said Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore has agreed to pay the federal government nearly $800,000 to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to health benefits programs.According to the agreement announced Wednesday, the hospital submitted fraudulent claims and allegedly made false statements that conditions existed that were not diagnosed or treated during patients’ admissions.

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