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O’Malley Speaks At Homeland Security Symposium

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley says Maryland has come a long way in improving homeland security over the last decade, but much remains to be done.

O’Malley spoke Friday at a homeland security symposium in Baltimore marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The governor was briefed late Thursday night about a credible but unconfirmed terror threat against New York and Washington learned of by U.S. officials. O’Malley was briefed by a state center in which local, state and federal authorities work together.

O’Malley said during the speech that Maryland has improved first responder communication capabilities, and a statewide system should be complete by the end of next year. He also said the state has 8,400 closed-circuit cameras in place to improve security.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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