Curbing sugar consumption of children could help increase their current life expectancy, since too much sugar in the diet, especially in liquid form, has been linked to development of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and many more diseases.
Residents also testified in favor of appropriate funding for the Community Action Council, education and libraries during the nearly two-hour hearing designed to give the public an opportunity to suggest budget priorities.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Monday announced the formation of a joint task force comprised of school, public safety and mental health professionals to address and increase school safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman Thursday vetoed County Council legislation for the first time in his six-year tenure, asking the council to go back and rework a state mandated growth tiers map designating land preservation areas.
Business leaders and county officials are urging the governor and General Assembly to increase Maryland's gas tax or find another way to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for road and transit projects — even in the face of public opposition.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, considered one of the leading prospective Democratic candidates for governor in 2014, said Dec. 11 that he will not run that race and will instead seek a third term in his current office. A few hours after Franchot's announcement, District 21 Sen. Jim Rosapepe, who was among those who had expressed an interest in running for comptroller if Franchot ran for governor, issued his own statement, saying he intends to seek re-election to the state Senate in 2014.
In an effort to establish a health-conscious, countywide health precedent, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman signed an executive order restricting county government departments from distributing beverages high in sugar on county-owned property or at county-sponsored events, programs or meetings.
By By Luke Lavoie and Kevin Rector and Baltimore Sun Media Group
The Columbia-based Horizon Foundation, with the help of Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and other organizations, launched a campaign against childhood obesity called Howard County Unsweetened Tuesday morning outside of Burleigh Manor Middle School in Ellicott City.
Speed camera companies and local governments would be penalized $1,000 for each "bogus" citation issued to motorists under proposed legislation announced Monday by state Del. Jon Cardin. The Baltimore County Democrat also wants to require governments in Maryland to submit regular speed camera audits to the General Assembly. And he wants to help ensure the accuracy of tickets by mandating precise time stamps on the two photos mailed to drivers as evidence of their speeding.
The Howard County Farm Bureau has voted to support County Council legislation involving the designation of growth tiers required by state law, putting more pressure on County Executive Ken Ulman as he mulls a veto on the bill.
State and local officials have returned to the Eastern Shore communities ravaged by Sandy's heavy rains and high winds to comb over the damage in hopes of appealing federal officials' decision to deny aid to Maryland.
This Howard County movie has played before: the County Council considering laws to restrict rural land development, farmers staging a tractor parade protesting an attack on their property values, public officials saying preservation efforts would only push land owners into the arms of developers.
A Howard County Council decision on controversial development legislation has some farmers calling it a "travesty" with others praising the outcome while leading County Executive Ken Ulman to ponder vetoing a council bill for the first time in his six-year tenure.
The Tiber Hudson branch of the Patapsco River will be the subject of a consultant's study beginning in December as a local preservation group pursues ways to improve the waterway that ultimately feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.
The Ellicott City Facade Improvement Program was awarded $50,000 to repair and restore commercial buildings in the historic district. The grant is from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Community Legacy Program.
Over months of investigating the proliferation of speed cameras in Maryland, many of The Baltimore Sun's attempts to get data and other information from government officials were met with delays, detours and dead ends.
Howard County police announced Monday that the department has launched a new smartphone app allowing residents to anonymously send crime tips by text, email, photo or video, according to a police news release.
The Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs has reached an agreement with Verizon following a 15-month investigation of the company's sales practices in selling bundled services following complaints from county residents.
One day after voters approved an expansion of gambling in Maryland, the state's largest casino said it would hire 1,200 new employees for table games – even as the ballot question's leading opponent suggested that it will turn to the courts.