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ANNAPOLIS

Decision expected on land deal

A decision is expected this week on another state land deal that has prompted questions by Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Maryland is considering buying land at the northern tip of Kent Island for more than $7 million.

The Board of Public Works is scheduled to address the sale Wednesday after delaying a decision on the preservation of 74 acres. The high price of recent preservation acquisitions has led to questions about the way the state uses Program Open Space funds.

The board was set to vote July 11 on the Kent Island land, but Mr. Franchot questioned spending $7.2 million on the site of a port that accepts dredge materials.

Earlier this month, the board approved a separate multimillion purchase of land in Queen Anne’s County owned by a company with ties to Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat. Some have raised issue with that purchase because its price was higher than state appraisals.

CLEAR SPRING

Arson ruled in building fire

The state fire marshall’s office says a blaze early Saturday in Clear Spring was deliberately set.

The fire on Dam No. 5 Road was reported about 1 a.m. Twenty-five firefighters from Clear Spring and Williamsport responded to the scene and brought the blaze under control within 20 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

The fire marshall’s office says the fire caused about $10,000 in damage to the building and its contents.

VIRGINIA

NORFOLK

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