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Regional Recap, January 27, 2010

Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

New GM Electric Motors To Bring Jobs To MD.  Gov. Martin O’Malley joined officials at a Baltimore County General Motors plant on Tuesday to announce that several jobs will soon be available there.GM said it hopes the manufacturing of rear drive electric motors will further energize the car maker.”If the battery pack is the heart of the electric vehicle, the electric motor is its muscle. It literally makes the wheels go round,” said GM Vice Chairman Tom Stephens.

Lawmakers Discuss Allowing Medical MarijuanaThe Maryland General Assembly will begin discussing a bill to allow marijuana to be used for medical reasons.The legislation already has broad bipartisan support, including a coalition of doctors and scientists.Advocates said using marijuana to reduce pain and/or to stimulate an appetite under a doctor’s prescription and care can improve the quality of life of those suffering.

Woman Bitten By Cobra In Parking Lot.  A woman told authorities she was bitten by a poisonous cobra on Sunday in a Baltimore County parking lot.Baltimore City Animal Control recovered the snake on Sunday, but where it came from has yet to be determined.Authorities told 11 News the woman walked into a White March Patient First location with a snake bite — as well as the snake that bit her. She had stuffed it into a bag.

Overhaul Of Unemployment Fund Possible. The state’s shrinking unemployment trust fund is putting the squeeze on those without a job, and it looks like business owners could have to pay more to keep it afloat.Maryland’s unemployment rate is 7.5 percent and shows no signs of improvement, putting the fund that doles out jobless benefits in danger of going bankrupt next year. On top of that, under Maryland law, when the unemployment trust fund dips below a certain level, it triggers a tax increase on employers who pay into it.

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