Around Maryland, Family, Health

Maryland Department of Health announces $430,000 in grants to expand CenteringPregnancy sites

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health this week announced nearly $430,000 in grant funding to expand CenteringPregnancy sites in Maryland. The funding will help provide critical prenatal services to eligible pregnant people in priority jurisdictions in the state. “CenteringPregnancy benefits pregnant people, babies, and health care providers,” said MDH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Jinlene Chan. “Pregnant people …


Around Maryland, Crime, Police/Fire

Report: Baltimore had 2nd-highest homicide rate in U.S. in Q4 2022

BALTIMORE, MD—With the homicide rate having decreased by an average of roughly 7 percent in 45 of the biggest U.S. cities between Q4 2021 and Q4 2022, WalletHub this week released its report on the Cities With the Biggest Homicide Rate Problems. Baltimore came in at No. 2 on the list, placing behind only Atlanta, GA. In order to determine …


Director of Towson pain management clinic sentenced for conspiracy to distribute, dispense oxycodone

BALTIMORE, MD—The director of a Towson pain management clinic has been sentenced for conspiracy to distribute and dispense oxycodone. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III on Tuesday sentenced Norman Rosen, 84, of Towson, to four months of home detention as part of 18 months of probation, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and dispense …

Maryland State Department of Education provides update to statewide spring 2022 MCAP results

BALTIMORE, MD—At Tuesday’s January Board meeting, the Maryland State Department of Education released an update to 2021-2022 school year English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessment data, which detail student proficiency in the first administration of the new Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP). Following national assessment trends, statewide ELA results signal a return to pre-pandemic proficiency rates with improvements across …

Maryland Department of Labor releases December jobs report, unemployment rate falls to 4.0 percent

BALTIMORE, MD—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday released state jobs and unemployment data for Maryland. According to the preliminary survey data, Maryland’s total jobs decreased by 200 and the unemployment rate decreased to 4.0 percent in December. The Mining, Logging, and Construction sector experienced the most growth with an increase of 2,200 jobs. Other sectors …

Maryland named one of 2023’s worst states to retire in

BALTIMORE, MD—With 25% of all nonretired adults having no retirement savings, the personal-finance website WalletHub this week released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States to Retire. Maryland came in near the bottom of the list at No. 42 out of fifty. To help retirees find a safe, enjoyable and wallet-friendly place to call home, WalletHub compared the 50 …

Gas prices up for fourth straight week as oil prices rise

NOTTINGHAM, MD—For the fourth week in a row, the nation’s average gas price has climbed, rising 11.3 cents from a week ago to $3.39 per gallon this week, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million individual price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country. The national average is up 30.2 cents from a month ago …

Study: Maryland ranked as 2023’s 10th worst state to start a business

BALTIMORE, MD—With around 20% of new businesses failing within one year and inflation making entrepreneurship even more difficult, the personal-finance website WalletHub this week released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business. On its list of best states to start a business, Maryland came in at the bottom – ranking at No. 41 out of …