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News Wrap: Seniors to Get Help with Water Bills; City Action Plan Against Crime

Baltimore City Has New Plan For Seniors' Water Bills 

After announcing last month that it's cracking down on unpaid water bills, Baltimore city officials are now announcing they have a plan that will reduce water bills by 39 percent for senior citizens. The city is being clear that even though its reducing senior's water bills, it isn't forgiving those debts, and say collecting payments is critical to keeping the water system running. 

Mayor Committed To Stopping Violence In City 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she's committed to stopping the recent spike in crime affecting the city. That spike in violence saw three murders in just one day, including the death of the nephew of City Council President Jack Young. Now police are putting together an action plan to try to fight back against the shootings. 

Suspect Found Hiding In Ceiling 

Baltimore County police responded Tuesday to a Giant food store on Wilkens Avenue after reports of a woman shoplifting inside the grocery store. Officials closed the store while police searched the area. Several hours later, officers found the woman hiding in an area above the ceiling. She was taken into custody. No one was hurt. 

SMECO Explosion Linked To Power Outage 

An explosion at a SMECO power plant in Southern Maryland is to blame for a massive power outage in the D.C. area. The incident produced a power surge that knocked out electricity to downtown D.C. and parts of suburban Maryland. The White House and multiple federal office buildings were affected, as well as the University of Maryland campus in College Park. 

Police Confirm Princess Anne Deaths Accidental 

Police are confirming that the eight carbon monoxide poisoning deaths at a Maryland Eastern Shore home happened by accident. Princess Anne officials say there was no electricity in the house when police arrived Monday and found a generator in the kitchen which had run out of gas. Thirty-six-year-old Rodney Todd and his seven children were found dead in their beds.  

Prince George's County Executive To Endorse Van Hollen 

Congressman Chris Van Hollen is beginning pile up major endorsements for his bid to grab the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Mikulski in 2017. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is expected to announce his support for the Van Hollen campaign today at an event in Colmar Manor. Van Hollen has already earned endorsements from Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. 

Actor Edward Norton Joins Anti-Fracking Campaign

The Don’t Frack Maryland campaign today released a radio ad recorded by actor and Maryland native Edward Norton in support of the fracking moratorium legislation passed yesterday by the Maryland Senate, SB 409. The ad, paid for by Food & Water Watch on behalf of the Don’t Frack Maryland campaign, features Norton speaking out about how fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, could harm Maryland’s environment and public health, as well as tourism in the state.

Davis Is Hitless, But Orioles Down Rays 

Orioles first-baseman Chris Davis returned the lineup yesterday, but it was Steve Pearce and Adam Jones who stole the show for the Orioles, who downed the Rays for a second straight night. Jones delivered a two-run double to highlight an opening inning in which the Orioles scored four times off Nathan Karns, and Pearce belted a two-run homer in the second to help the O's to a 6-5 victory. Davis, who returned after serving a 25-game suspension, was 0-for-3.  The Orioles will go for a sweep against the Rays tonight to start off the 2015 season. Baltimore will hold its home opener Friday against the Blue Jays.

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