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Regional Recap, June 4, 2010

Regional News From WBAL-TVwbaltv

Police: Highway Worker Hit, Killed By Vehicle.  Maryland State Police are searching for the driver of a hit-and-run vehicle believed to have hit and killed a highway contract worker early Thursday in Anne Arundel County.The victim was identified as Ghassen A. Sabra, 52, of Goldsboro, N.C. He worked for Sabra, Wang & Associates, Inc., of Halethorpe, Md., a company under contract with the Maryland State Highway Administration to conduct traffic surveys.Sabra was pronounced dead at the scene.

O’Malley Creates Small Business CommissionAs Gov. Martin O’Malley and his Republican challenger Robert Ehrlich duel over how to best help small businesses, the governor announced on Thursday he has created a new commission to address barriers to growth.Ehrlich, meanwhile, is planning an announcement of his own next week on how he believes the state’s business climate should be improved.O’Malley, a Democrat, said the purpose of the 26-member commission will be to create a forum for small businesses to overcome obstacles to development. The panel, which was created by an executive order, also will submit an annual report to the governor.

Bishop Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Parishioner.  Baltimore County police said a 62-year-old church bishop sexually assaulted a 43-year-old woman and member of the church.Bishop Roan Samuel Faulkner Sr. was charged with second-degree sex offense and attempted second-degree rape, among other charges, police said Thursday.Investigators said they are concerned about the possibility of other victims because of Faulkner’s position with New Life Pentecostal Ministries, located on Melvin Avenue.

Mid-Atlantic Governors Launch ‘ChesapeakeStat’. Lawmakers from neighboring states came together for one common cause Thursday — the Chesapeake Bay.Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was joined by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonell and Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty for the unveiling of a new accountability program.The “ChesapeakeStat” will use two-year milestones to monitor and help accelerate restoration to the bay.”We’ve been doing a lot of things in order to keep this Bay alive,” O’Malley said. “And we all look forward to the day she’s out of the ICU and actually walking and able to walk into a healthier future.

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