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Maryland lawmakers to fight drug price gouging

brianfrosh2CALVERTON – A prescription for Albuterol, a generic drug used to treat asthma, used to cost just $11.

But in six months time, the price rose to $434 – an increase of more than 4,000 percent, according to a 2014 investigation by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Maryland lawmakers now hope to prevent such price gouging in the state.

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UMD professor receives grant for copper research

KimCOLLEGE PARK – Copper imbalances in humans and animals can cause numerous health problems, even heart attacks.

A researcher at the University of Maryland recently received a prestigious grant to study how organs within the body “signal” to each other about their copper levels, and how problems with this communication pathway can contribute to health issues and diseases.

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County Exec. Baker announces liquor board appointments

Baker budgetUPPER MARLBORO – The new appointments to the Prince George’s Liquor Board may offer the agency a fresh start after several former members were accused of bribery earlier this year.

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College Park mayoral candidates make final pitches for the seat

collegepark signIn the most contested mayoral race in College Park history, four candidates vie for one of the city’s top positions. After Tuesday’s election, one will be declared the winner.

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Local leaders think World War I memorial “Peace Cross” should stay

Cross2BLADENSBURG – A marble and cement cross stands 40 feet tall in Bladensburg at the intersection of Route 450 and Alternate U.S. 1.

It bears a bronze plaque with the names of the 49 men from Prince George’s County who died in World War I, along with a quote from President Woodrow Wilson. Along each side of the base are the words, “Valor,” “Endurance,” “Courage,” and “Devotion.”

Although a U.S. Appeals Court found that the state’s maintenance of the cross, known as the Peace Cross, is unconstitutional, local officials hope the memorial will remain for years to come.

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