Health, Sci-Tech

Intentional balloon releases banned in Maryland as of October 1

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Friday reminded Maryland residents that a new state law prohibiting intentional balloon releases goes into effect on October 1st. The new Maryland law bans the releasing of balloons that, upon landing, create litter and threaten the health and safety of animals on the land in the …


Events, Sci-Tech

FEMA to conduct test of Emergency Alert System next week

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) next week. The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests will begin at 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 11th. The Wireless …


Attorney General Frosh urges FCC to increase internet access during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week joined 30 attorneys general in urging the Federal Communications Commission to fund internet connectivity and internet-enabled devices to K-12 students attending school remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This month, the FCC asked for comment on petitions urging the commission to temporarily waive some restrictions on its E-Rate program. Specifically, …

Police in Baltimore County warn of ‘spoofed’ phone call scam [VIDEO]

TOWSON, MD—Police in Baltimore County are warning residents of a telephone scam that has been circulating this week. The Baltimore County Police Department has learned that one of their phone numbers is being “spoofed” to call area residents.  The caller claims to be from a utility company. Authorities say anyone who receives one of these calls should hang up immediately …

Gov. Hogan, Superintendent Salmon announce $210 million in COVID-19 relief for remote learning, targeted tutoring

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon on Monday announced $210 million in additional funding to help Maryland schools and students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, allocated through the federal CARES Act, will be used to ensure that more students have access to remote learning, and expand targeted tutoring initiatives for at-risk students. “For six …

Governor Hogan announces over $45 million in education funding to help students affected by COVID-19 pandemic

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced the commitment of more than $45.6 million in additional education funding for K-12 technology improvements, community college workforce development programs, rural broadband initiatives, and other priorities in every jurisdiction in Maryland, particularly those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act gives governors the flexibility …

Attorney General Frosh urges telecommunication companies to keep Marylanders connected during pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday joined a coalition of 27 attorneys general urging the telecommunications industry to strengthen commitments to protect consumers struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to call upon the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support additional efforts to reduce the economic burden to those customers. “Access to the internet …

Study: Md. ranks No. 1 for most FCC complaints on unwanted calls

NOTTINGHAM, MD—It’s not just you.  Marylanders really do get a lot of unwanted phone calls, and there’s new data to back it up. Unwanted calls have infiltrated the daily lives of Americans, making up 66 percent of Federal Communications Commission complaints in 2018. In a new study, the team at Security.org analyzed the FCC’s Consumer Complaint Open Data going back …