• ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley has issued an executive order that’s intended to minimize potential flood damage in new and reconstructed state buildings.
The governor announced the order on Friday. The administration said it’s aimed at increasing Maryland’s long-term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise.
The order directs all state agencies to consider the risk of coastal flooding and sea level rise when they design capital budget projects. The state will also update guidelines to require new and rebuilt state structures to be at least 2 feet higher than the 100-year flood level.
• SYKESVILLE — The town of Sykesville is nearing a fundraising goal for a downtown memorial to military service members.
The Carroll County Times reported Friday that donations total about $8,000. The goal is $10,000.
A town committee is working with the local American Legion Post on the project’s design. It will include a “memory walk” paved with bricks. Some of the bricks will be engraved with the names of donors, war fighters and significant figures in the town’s history.
• ANNAPOLIS — The head of the Maryland attorney general’s civil rights office has announced he is retiring, a decision that comes in the aftermath of legal problems.
The attorney general’s office released a statement on Friday saying Carl Snowden plans to retire effective Jan. 8.
Snowden, a longtime Maryland civil rights leader, has a Jan. 7 court date on charges of violating his probation in a 2010 drunken driving case.
— Associated Press