Maryland Agencies Examine Affect Of Federal Shutdown. Maryland state agencies are examining how a federal government shutdown could affect state operations.Gov. Martin O’Malley said Wednesday that Cabinet secretaries will report back to him on the implications a federal shutdown would have on their departments. O’Malley said agencies are scheduled to discuss the potential impact at a meeting or during a teleconference to be held Thursday.
Who’s Next? State Looks For Grasmick Replacement. One week after she announced plans to retire, the search is on to replace state school Superintendent Dr. Nancy Grasmick.Gov. Martin O’Malley has a stake in who becomes the next state school superintendent, in part because he appointed members of the state school board, according to 11 News education reporter Tim Tooten.The governor believes Maryland deserves the most-qualified candidate and that the job would be a step up for any serious candidate.
Coast Guard Warns Of Illegal Fishing Charters In Chesapeake Bay. The Coast Guard is warning people who pay to go fishing on the Chesapeake Bay to avoid illegal charter boats.Coast Guard investigators have seen an increase in reports of vessels illegally charging to carry people over the last two years.They said the practice is most common around Kent and Tilghman islands, Rock Hall, Annapolis and the Potomac River in Charles County.The Coast Guard urges people to ask the captain to show them a license. A boat carrying more than six passengers must be inspected by the Coast Guard, and a certificate of inspection should be displayed in an area accessible to passengers.
City Pays $45K For Officer’s Funeral. The city’s Board of Estimates Wednesday approved the payment of nearly $45,000 to cover the cost of Officer William Torbit’s funeral.Torbit was shot to death in January by fellow officers in what police called a case of mistaken identity.The city auditor called the funeral cost “excessive” but said the Police Department had properly accounted for the expenses.According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the cost of a regular adult funeral is about $6,560. That amount covers funeral services and a metal casket but does not include cemetery and marker costs or miscellaneous cash advance charges such as for flowers or obituaries.