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Regional Recap, May 11, 2010

Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

O’Malley Credits Technology, Partners For State Crime Drop. According to Gov. Martin O’Malley, violent crime in Maryland is at its lowest level since 1975.O’Malley on Monday credited partnerships his administration has forged with law enforcement and prosecutors for the drop.”The partnerships are just a lot stronger now, and the information sharing and what technology allows us to do has also been a huge help to law enforcement across the country, with Maryland being at the forefront of that,” the governor said.

MD Draws Record Applicants For Teaching Jobs.  School systems across Maryland said they are flush with high-quality applicants for teaching jobs as the state has mostly avoided teacher layoffs.Jean Satterfield, who oversees state teacher certifications, said school systems are getting more applications than ever before.A statewide job fair in Baltimore drew 3,200 teachers who registered in advance, up from 800 two years ago.Many applicants are coming from other states. New Jersey plans to cut 6,500 teaching jobs. New York is likely to lose 13,000.

Baltimore To Get Community Center For Gay Youth.  Plans are in place to open Baltimore’s first community center solely for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths. Leaders of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center said they hope to open the youth center by the start of the school year in the fall.Program Manager Andrew Ansel said many of the facilities available to assist young people in the city are not “gay-friendly.” He said he recently spoke to a homeless 16-year-old boy whose parents kicked him out for being gay and who reported being harassed at a homeless shelter for youths.

Poll:  O’Malley Holds 8 Point Lead Over Ehrlich. A new poll shows Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley leads among registered voters in his bid for re-election over former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich.The Washington Post poll Monday showed O’Malley holds a 49 to 41 percent lead among registered voters. But the race is even among all voters who said they are sure to vote in November.The poll also showed nearly half say they are undecided or could change their minds.Ehrlich lost to O’Malley 53 percent to 46 percent in 2006.

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