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Maryland Briefing

Other money will be used to promote Maryland crabmeat as a high-end product, and to evaluate the idea of buying back crabbing licenses from some watermen, she said.

The money is a result of the U.S. government's declaration of a "commercial fishery failure" in the bay. Allen said that NOAA has also pledged $10 million to Virginia, but that state has not completed its plan for using the money.

-- David A. Fahrenthold


Adventist Hospital, FDA Ink Partnership Deal

Officials from Washington Adventist Hospital and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that they will partner on clinical research and share equipment and facilities once the hospital completes its expected move to a new campus in 2013.

The two entities signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines the terms of the partnership, officials said.

Adventist officials said they plan to file a letter of intent with the state next month for approval to move from their 14-acre campus in Takoma Park to a site almost four times larger in the White Oak/Calverton section of Montgomery County near the FDA campus.

A formal certificate of need must be filed with the state in April.

-- Lori Aratani

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