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NEWS
September 6, 2006
"Are you in danger from a terrorist attack? Yes, but if you read the local paper and think about it, I believe you will conclude that you are more likely to encounter a local mugging, robbery or shooting. Our concerns should be about what is being done locally to stop the violence. Terrorism is getting the press coverage, but I think it is more likely we will be harmed by local thugs. " - Waynesboro, Pa. "I think this is a perfect example of the government/big business connection.
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NEWS
November 16, 2000
County to give puffers patches By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer Washington County is working on a program to supply nicotine patches to smokers trying to quit, Health Officer William Christoffel said Thursday, the day of the annual Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society encourages smokers not to light up during the one-day event in the hope they will quit forever. More people quit smoking on this day than any other day of the year, according to the Cancer Society.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 24, 2006
Saturday was a small milestone date for Maryland political candidates trying to attract voters' eyes. That was the first day candidates were allowed to place election signs on property outside of state rights-of-way. The State Highway Administration sent a reminder last week that advertising and campaign signs are not allowed on medians, shoulders, existing traffic sign structures or other right-of-way areas. "Maintenance crews will remove illegally placed signs and hold them at local maintenance shops for a short time to enable owners to retrieve them," SHA's announcement says.
NEWS
April 10, 1998
To Louis LaSorsa, chairman and CEO of Phoenix Color Corp., for agreeing to build a new book-manufacturing complex in Washington County. Thanks for choosing us. To Winston Blenckstone, owner of the Hagerstown Suns, for agreeing to keep the minor league baseball team in town for one more year while local officials explore ways to help fund a new and modern stadium. To the nation's tobacco companies, which are trying to pull out of a deal they agreed to last summer to curb youth smoking.
NEWS
October 18, 2000
Panel tackles ways to halt youth smoking By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer Officials given the task of determining how to curb underage smoking in Washington County discussed methods of sanctioning retailers and youths who violate anti-smoking laws. Representatives from Hagerstown City Police Department, the American Lung Association, Washington County Health Department and other organizations gathered at the health department for the meeting Wednesday. Lt. John Moulton of Hagerstown City Police told the committee that officers regularly make undercover cigarette buys to find out which retailers are selling to minors.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | January 11, 2000
ANNAPOLIS - Lawmakers will have several options for the state's nearly $1 billion surplus when the Maryland General Assembly convenes today, a budget analyst said Tuesday. And state forecasters are predicting the money will continue to roll in. "That's a nice situation to be in," Warren G. Deschenaux, the legislature's budget analyst, told Republican delegates and senators Tuesday. The influx of cash is largely due to growth in capital gains and state income taxes, he said.
NEWS
February 23, 1999
Like generals on a battlefield arguing over which tactics are most likely to produce a victory, members of the West Virginia Legislature are debating the best method to discourage young people from using tobacco. We suggest that both sides need to do more research on the topic. On one side is Gov. Cecil Underwood, who proposed a 25 percent tax increase on smokeless tobacco and other non-cigarette tobacco products, following a survey that found that 17 percent of all adult males in the state use smokeless tobacco.
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BY BOB MAGINNIS | March 5, 2002
Compared to the battles over video poker and the restructuring of the family court system, West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise's proposal to take an advance payment on the state's share of the national tobacco tax settlement hasn't drawn much attention. It should, because a wrong move on this issue could affect the state for decades to come. Wise's proposal would have the state take $600 million now, instead of waiting 25 years for payments that could eventually total $1.9 billion. If the state waits for the money, it has to assume that the tobacco companies will still be in business years from now. Is that a valid assumption?
NEWS
November 29, 2000
Former foes in agreement: West Virginia shorfall looms In the recent election for West Virginia governor, supporters of the two candidates disagreed on many things. Now that the election is over, however, backers of both candidates are predicting a big budget shortfall they aren't sure how the state will cover. The first step for new Gov. Bob Wise is to make sure revenue estimates are as accurate as they can possibly be. A spokesman for outgoing Gov. Cecil Underwood told The Associated Press that revenues for October were $11 million above estimates.
NEWS
January 27, 1997
Beginning Feb. 3, it will cost Pennsylvania teenagers more than the price of a pack of cigarettes if they get caught with tobacco products in school. We applaud the effort to combat this bad habit, but lament the fact that the schools are again being asked to do a parent's job. The bill, approved by the state legislature in November and signed by Gov. Tom Ridge last month, requires schools which catch students with tobacco products to refer them to a local district justice, who could fine them up to $50. According to The Associated Press, anti-smoking groups see the bill as unfair to students because they feel the burden should be upon those who market and sell tobacco to minors.
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